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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Dr. Paulette Walker addresses external partners along with Strategic Partnership Task Force co-chairs, Sorors Debra Bunkley and Lydia Cincore-Templeton, during the Project 13 Breakfast. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TASK FORCE JOURNAL Spring 2016 s17 ganization such as Delta Sigma Theta would make it a lot more palatable to go to a city and introduce who we are and what we do. ●A Carmon (March of Dimes): You have the people in communi-ties and the reach that we by our-selves don’t have to educate and cre-ate awareness about premature birth and the disparities within predomi-nantly African-American communi-ties, which helps us to change and have impact. ●Q What have you already seen in terms of impact? ●A Jackson (Sisters Network): To date, we’ve noticed through the partnership an impact through the walk. The Stop the Silence Walk is the only national walk for African-Amer-ican women and breast cancer, and the participation and interest is there through the Sorority. We know that it’s going to take some time to build it to the level it should be, but Afri-can- American women at least know when they hear the name Sisters Network it means breast cancer and it means them. ●A Carmon (March of Dimes): Since we’ve come un-der Project 13, Dr. Re-gina Benjamin has also joined the national board of trustees and has been a spokesperson for us. She and LaVerne Coun-cil are very committed to helping us reach out through the member-ship, because the mem-bers of Delta will be able to carry this message of education and awareness in our communities much further than the staff members and other volunteers at the March of Dimes. ●Q So what do you want the soror who is executing this programming in their ser-vice area to know? ●A Jackson (Sisters Network): I want them to know that what they do in the community, such as the in-troduction and distribution of infor-mation, as wells as referring women to the website and to the breast can-cer assistance program, helps us on the marketing side. It helps us to ex-tend our relationship to women that may not know of us. ●A Carmon (March of Dimes): We want them to be aware and alert about what’s going on as it relates to maternity child health, and what that means to low-income women who need to have greater access. There needs to be education and aware-ness in communities where other-wise people wouldn’t want to go, and to make sure women who are educat-ed and powerful in their own right are aware. You can go to the doctor, have all the best care and still give birth to a premature child, or a child with issues, and not know where to turn. The March of Dimes is there to help all families. s Partners from March of Dimes, St. Jude, Sisters Network, and other organizations attend the Project 13 Partnership Breakfast. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TASK FORCE


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