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January 28, 2012 “Walk for Hope®” 3K walk raised $ 7,465.92 for cervical cancer screenings, HPV and cervical cancer education programming in the US, Latin America and Africa. With over 250 participants and donations, the Spirit Foundation was able to acquire the resources to equip the Harriet Tubman clinic with the capacity to provide colposcopy services in 2012. In addition the Spirit Foundation supported a Con Amor Aprendemos Train-the Trainer program in El Salvador for promotoras in El Salvador and Guatemala. Over 60 promotoras were trained during this event and have gone to their communities to educate the public on HPV and cervical cancer.

Thirty-percent of the proceeds from the Walk for Hope® goes to Harriet Tubman Clinic, a women’s clinic for homeless women in the Open Door Community Clinic. The funding provides free pap tests, pelvic exams and now diagnostic evaluations such as colposcopy. Since October 2010 the Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic has seen 98 patients and performed 59 pap tests. Out of 70 surveys given to women who received services at the clinic the majority reported incomes less than $10,000. Also, the foundation plans to use grant funds to support the efforts of the ongoing health promotions program at other partner low cost or free clinics in Atlanta. As such, homeless women will be invited to receive free Pap tests in addition to education on cervical cancer.

On behalf of Morehouse School of Medicine and SUCCEED, the Spirit Foundation was selected as the 2011 Legacy Grant recipient. The funding of this grant is being used to adapt the WITH LOVE WE LEARN for the African American community. The amount of the grant was $25,000. The two faith-based organizations that were chosen were Greenforest Community Baptist Church and Berean Christian Church. The With Love We Learn Train-the-Trainer was conducted at the Berean Christian Church in August, 2012. Piloting of the program at both churches is planned for November 2012.

The Spirit Foundation with the help of the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division has implemented the Con Amor Aprendemos, With Love We Learn across El Salvador, Bolivia and Nicaragua. This evidence-based program has trained over 100 promotoras or community health educators in Latin America. With El Salvador as a model the Con Amor Aprendemos HPV education program has significantly increased cervical cancer screening in this country. As a result, Con Amor Aprendemos has grown exponentially and currently is being used as a tool to mobilize female parliamentarians and civil society members to lobby the national government to include the HPV vaccine in the National Plan on Immunization in El Salvador.

“HPV Uncensored Project” is an HPV educational program for high school students developed by Dr. Lisa Flowers to reduce the rates of HPV transmission among adolescents. The program was piloted at Columbia High School in Decatur, GA and the New School of Carver in Atlanta, GA. Currently it is being revised for implementation at various high schools in the Atlanta Metro area. This programs teaches about male and female anatomy, the consequences of sexually transmitted infections, the link between HPV and cervical cancer and engages the students through role playing and interactive games. The goal of this program is to have the youth themselves modify behaviors that can increase their risk of HPV acquisition and transmission.

Cancer Quest presents “Cervical Cancer Awareness Town”, an interactive experience to stimulate conversation about HPV and Cervical Cancer. This program was a collaboration between the Spirit Foundation, Cancer Quest, American Cancer Society and Prevent Cancer Organization. This virtual town brings the viewer into the homes, hospitals and churches of people dealing with the consequences of HPV infection and cervical cancer. It also deals with the challenges parents and families face in discussing HPV with their youth and proceeding with vaccination. This program is bilingual, both Spanish and English to serve the Latino/Hispanic population. http://www.cancerquest.org/cervical-cancer-awareness