Gov. announces partnership for breast cancer screenings

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 | Gov. Whitmer office photo

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced a $2.5 million multi-year partnership between the United Health Foundation and the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). Their goal is to develop a pilot program for “genetic testing and screening for breast cancer at five Michigan community health centers (CHCs).” 

    Whitmer noted October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct 6. The state is forecast to see more than 8,800 new breast cancer cases and more than 1,380 breast cancer deaths this year.

    “One of the most crucial things we can do to prevent and treat breast cancer is raise awareness and expand access to health care, cancer screenings, and genetic testing,” Whitmer said. “This partnership will make an enormous difference for Michiganders everywhere who have a history of cancer in their families. I am grateful to the United Health Foundation for its generous support and partnership with the Michigan Primary Care Association.”

    The United Health Foundation and MPCA partnership supports increased services at Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS) in Detroit, Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, East Jordan Family Health Center in East Jordan, Western Wayne in Inkster and Honor Community Health in Pontiac. 

    “As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, it’s important to remember that while we must take precautions to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also crucial we seek important medical care and regular screenings that can detect cancer before symptoms appear,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive.

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.