Women's Health Awareness

Women’s Health Awareness Day is a health conference sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Durham Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Durham Alumnae Delta House, Inc., and the Public Health Education Department at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). The purpose of this health conference is to increase awareness and knowledge among women so they can take greater responsibility of their health. Women are provided with the opportunity to learn about the various health topics affecting them, identify services and products to best help in reducing their health issues and receiving equal access to health resources they may not have access to otherwise.

The DCI Office of Health Equity is responsible for the cancer track of this conference by holding two listening sessions and hosting a cancer screening room. These sessions provide women with information on cancer risk factors and relevant screening guidelines, usually by a panel of experts or cancer survivors. The cancer screening room generally includes skin cancer screening, diabetes skin test, resources to access the many cancer screenings necessary for women, and representatives from a variety of organizations promoting cancer screenings.

Prior Sessions
•    “PROJECT PLACE: What We Learned From You Last Year!”
•    “What You Don’t Know about Breast Cancer: Staying A-Breast”
•    “Keeping it Real! What You Want & Need to Know About Cancer, as Well as Reducing Your Risk!”

Cancer Screening Room
•    Skin Cancer Screening
•    Diabetes Skin Test
•    Lung Cancer Risk Assessment
•    Colon Cancer Screening Information
•    Radon Testing Information
•    Duke Center for Smoking Cessation
•    OHE Patient Navigation Information

Award Winning Outreach
In 2017, the DCI Office of Health Equity (OHE) received the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ prestigious “Innovator Award” in recognition of their successful community engagement and outreach endeavors, such as our Men's Health Initiative and the Women's Health Awarness Day.

2017 Innovator Award: DCI deputy director Steven Patierno, PhD; Mark Soberman, MD, ACCC; Nadine Barrett, PhD, OHE; Kearston Ingraham, MPH, OHE; and Ronald Godbee, pastor, The River Church, Durham, NC.