|The WI Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for individuals who have limited income and little or no health insurance. Individuals who qualify may choose from more than 25 local clinics. See eligibility and list of providers.
WWWP staff members are uniquely informed and understand lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) health care needs and the barriers some face in trying to obtain quality health care. Examples of barriers are:
- Insensitivity and previous negative experiences with the medical system.
- Healthcare providers who assume that all their patients are heterosexual.
- Economic factors such as being uninsured due to lack of domestic partner health insurance.
We understand that cultural differences may affect a LBT person's choice or ability to easily get preventive health screenings, which might result in no medical care or delayed medical care, and poorer health outcomes.
Several WWWP staff members have completed "Removing the Barriers" training through the Mautner Project, www.mautnerproject.org. This training program is designed to educate and bring awareness to health care providers about lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) health care needs.
WWWP is committed to cultivating a health care system that is respectful of and accessible for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
For more information call Kari, (608) 242-6392 or Dawn (608) 242-6385.
WWWP in Dane County also offers:
- LBT specific breast health education and community outreach programs
- LBT cultural competency training for medical professionals,
- Patient referrals to culturally competent medical professionals; and,
- Patient navigation and support services in the event of a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis.