April 2013

Reaching out to women with cancer in New Brunswick

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On March 20-21, 2013, the New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership Inc. (NBBWCP) held two meetings in Fredericton, New Brunswick, which were coordinated by The Quaich Inc.

A two-day Aboriginal Engagement Session engaged key leaders in Aboriginal communities on and off reserve to stimulate conversation and strategies on providing culturally relevant resources and support to Aboriginal women with breast and reproductive cancers. The 34 participants discussed: needs and concerns related to support and resources; and strategies and potential partnerships to provide resources and support to Aboriginal women with breast and reproductive cancers. The report from the Engagement Session will be used to define NBBWCP's Aboriginal outreach strategy, to further reach out to Aboriginal women and their families.

NBBWCP also held a one day Partnership meeting to complete their assigned activities under a project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Quaich Inc. provides several services to NBBWCP under this 2.5 year project: project coordination and management, occasional facilitation and strategic planning, and evaluation.

A public press conference was held to announce the launch of NBBWCP’s bilingual website and social media accounts. The website was created to support women diagnosed with breast, ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer, and lead them to resources to help them through their cancer journey. Designed through consultations with women living with cancer, health care professionals, key leaders in Aboriginal communities and support organizations, the website was designed to help women who receive a diagnosis of breast or gynecological cancer access accurate, up-to-date information.

www.nbbwcp-pcscfnb.ca

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