Women's Health, Women's Stories

Did you know that Hispanic/Latina women were more than 2.3 times as likely to have late or no prenatal care (12.2%) than non-Hispanic white women (5.3%). Or that African American women have higher death rates from breast cancer even though their rates of mammography screenings is nearly the same as that of white women?  (Data from CDC) What are the stories behind these statistics?

As Women's Health Week winds down, we are excited to announce that beginning next week, MOVE will be expanding to include stories about health inequity in the areas of breast & cervical cancer, pregnancy, birth, and other women's health topics. Some of the stories will be from existing MOVE partners, like ICHS, who have a host of videos on their Vimeo Channel. One favorite is Sefi's, a community advocate who tells a compelling story of what it was like to have a baby here in Seattle as a recent immigrant.

Other stories will be from other Seattle-King County non-profits who have also created digital stories to address health disparities. For example, in the summer of 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure PUget Sound, held a workshop with Creative Narrations for grant recipients to learn digital storytelling skills. Participants have been using these stories to promote early detection with at-risk populations. Their stories are online, and will soon be available on the MOVE map, and here's a sneak  preview of Marilyn Calbert's story, African American Outreach Specialist for our local YWCA.

Women's health is just the first of several new areas of health equity that will be available here. Have ideas for other types of stories you'd like to see included on the MOVE map? Just let us know and we'll set you up with an account to join us.