Woman to Woman Conference to Offer Free Health Screenings

By todd

BLYTHEVILLE — The first-ever Woman to Woman Conference, to be held Dec. 2-4 in Blytheville, will feature free health screenings, mammograms and other wellness services sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Woman to Woman of Northeast Arkansas and other organizations.


The conference will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Great River Medical Center, 1520 N. Division St., in Blytheville.


The free health screenings will include blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI) and bone density. Lectures on women’s health and wellness issues and a daily keynote speaker will include topics such as financial planning, fitness and parenting. Exhibitors will provide a wide range of information on women’s health and wellness products and services.


The Cancer Control Department of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center at UAMS will offer mammograms in its modular mammography unit throughout the event. Women with health insurance will be required to present an insurance card; those without health insurance will be assisted through the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services BreastCare program based on eligibility. No one will be denied a mammogram due to financial considerations.


Cost to participate is free, however preregistration is required for attendance and all services, including mammograms. To register, call Connie Hanner at (870) 762-9484.


The Woman to Woman Fund is an organization dedicated to providing mammograms to women 40 years of age and older regardless of financial, social or ethnic status. 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.