August 2020 Update
In March of this year, LVIM became a Mobile Food Pantry site twice a month thanks to the George W Jenkins End Hunger Initiative in partnership with United Way of Central Florida and Feeding Tampa Bay.
Since then, we have provided fresh food to 2,738 Households including 9,380 people, of which 3,293 are children and 770 are patients of LVIM. This would not be possible without the above-mentioned partnerships, volunteers, and staff who work hard twice a month distributing food to the community.
To ensure we are good neighbors to those who live around us and to enable us to serve as many households as possible, please make note of the items listed below.
- Registration will not begin until 11 AM.
- NO parking on Peachtree prior to the registration time.
- Please do not block driveways to homes and businesses.
- Limit of 2 households per car and a member of the household must be present.
It is with warm excitement that I get to introduce LVIM’s new Volunteer Manager to you!
Meet Eva Hawkins!
Eva comes to LVIM with an array of experience and a passion for LVIM’s mission.
For the last four years, she has been the Watson Clinic Foundation’s Arts in Medicine Coordinator where she worked with volunteers to bring the healing power of art to individuals undergoing cancer treatment. In this role, she worked closely with the medical community and managed the day-to-day operations of the program, including volunteer recruitment and management.
Prior to her role with the Arts in Medicine Program, Eva was the Program Director for Project Think Pink Program at WeCare of Polk County, one of LVIM’s closest collaborative partners. While there, she oversaw both the day-to-day operation of a grant-funded free mammogram program and the fundraising initiatives that made it possible.
Her background is comprised of a wealth of experience in human resources, non-profits, and organizational development. Fun fact: Eva is also a twice published author and an avid quilter. Many of her quilts are on display at the Watson Clinic Cancer Center as part of the programs rotating art collection.
We are excited to welcome Eva’s creativity, warm spirit, and extensive knowledge and experience to LVIM. Eva officially began her new role as LVIM’s Volunteer Manager on November 9th.
Welcome to the LVIM Family Eva!
by Caroline Benitez
According to the American Cancer Society, 276,480 women will be diagnosed with a new case of breast cancer in the United States each year, making it the most common kind of cancer among women. At LVIM, we realize that early detection through mammography screening is essential in catching cancer in its early stages. Thanks to partnerships with WeCare and Radiology Imaging Specialists (RIS), our patients get free access to this vital screening service. In 2019, 54% of qualified patients received their mammograms through LVIM. Since LVIM first opened its doors in 2001, over 6,360 mammograms have been performed.
Whether you’ve had a breast cancer screening in the past, or aren’t sure when it’s time to start, just remember your A-B-Cs:
A- Annual mammogram
Once you reach the age of fifty, it’s recommended that you start getting an annual mammogram. Mammograms are low-dose x-rays of the breast tissue that can be used to detect early signs of breast cancer. If you are of low or average risk, your doctor might recommend that you only need to complete a mammogram every two years.
B- Breast awareness
Get in the habit of performing a breast self-exam once a month. Because it’s normal for healthy breast tissue to feel lumpy, a monthly self-examination can help you keep track of any new changes. While the majority of lumps felt during a self-exam are unlikely to be cancer, you can report any concerns to your healthcare provider for further advice.
C- Clinical breast exam
Starting in your 20’s, women should receive a breast exam from their doctor or nurse as part of their regular health checkups. This is also a good time to assess your personal risk factors for breast cancer, such as a family history of cancer or other genetic components. Using this information, you and your healthcare team can work together to create a personal timeline of any and all screening procedures you should be receiving.
LVIM provides free, high-quality, out-patient medical, dental, and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate manner. Through 19 years of excellent leadership, LVIM has grown into a thriving and crucial organization for the Polk County community serving the health care needs of over 4,300 eligible patients each year and providing over $9 million in services in 2019 alone. At LVIM the treatment is free, the care is priceless!
“About Breast Cancer.” www.cancer.org, 2020, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/how-common-is-breast-cancer.html.