Sisters Network, Inc.
Karen E. Jackson
Sisters Network® Inc. is a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Founded in 1994 by Karen E. Jackson, Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed Medical Advisory Board. The organization's purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country. Currently, Sisters Network has over 40 affiliate chapters located in 22 cities.
The Tampa Chapter of the The Sisters Network® Inc. was established in 2005 under the guidance of Wanda Shuford-Miguenes (Chapter Past-President, see her story here). Sisters Network® Inc. has set out on a quest to inform, promote and support wellness and knowledge of Breast Cancer.
We are survivors dedicated to helping all in need, whether it be in the form of educating for prevention or supporting survivors. Through all of our past experiences we have come together to try to beat the odds of our African American women death from Breast Cancer and "STOP THE SILENCE".
Did You Know?
The Breast Cancer mortality rate for African American women is 36% higher than white women?
Breast cancer incidence rate among younger African American (under 40) is higher than white women?
Research shows that aggressive tumor characteristics are more common in African American women than white women?
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among African American women?
Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for African American 2011-2012
Our mission for the Tampa Bay area is to increase local awareness and attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American Community. We accomplish our mission through several outreach activities.
First, we participate in health fairs, seminars, conferences and other community activities to promote breast health awareness information and education. This education focuses on early detection through monthly self-breast examinations, clinical exams and yearly mammograms.
Second, we execute our Pink Ribbon Awareness Initiative ("Pink Sunday"). This is a religious based educational outreach program, speaking to women attending churches with information on how to access breast care services and utilize community resources. The focus of this outreach is to increase the number of women obtaining mammograms and increase their general knowledge. We are available to attend as speakers for any event.
Third, our Annual "Gift For Life Block Walk"where we collaborate with organizations and community groups to coordinate the promotion of breast health awareness in the African American Community. This innovative promotion allows breast cancer survivors and volunteers to canvas door-to-door in under-served communities and distributes breast health education information, a resource list as well as pink ribbons.
Lastly, we provide support locally for our national BCAP program, Click here for more information on this assistance program.
Think Pink and Black and Let's "Stop the Silence"!!
Note: Sisters Network Tampa Bay is an education and support organizations, we are NOT Doctors and have NO medical training.