St. Louis is home to more than 25,000 refugee women from around the world. Many have never had the opportunity to receive a mammogram or learn about breast health. Since 2002, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation has received funding from the St. Louis affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to support the Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Daylight Project, which bridges cultural and language barriers to screening and breast cancer services.
For example, many culturally conservative Muslim women are uncomfortable with male health care providers and face language barriers for receiving care. For this reason, the Daylight Project’s “Behind the Veil” breast health screening provides these women with transportation, an all-female staff, covering gowns and interpreters fluent in Bosnian, Farsi, Arabic and Kurdish. Daylight is administered by staff of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence.
“Without the interpreters, we would not understand anything,” a patient says. “Instead, we would stay home. But a lot of people die of breast cancer, and we want to make sure we are healthy."
For more information about the Daylight Project, click here.
If you have any questions about the “Daylight” Project, please call Eva Enoch at (314) 747-5688.
The “Daylight” Project is generously funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, St. Louis