McCormack is Recipient of Maine Breast Health Leadership Award
HCC program coordinator honored for dedication and commitment
October 18, 2010
The Maine Breast Health Leadership Awards were recently presented at the Blaine House. This yearâ€™s recipients are (from left) Susan Rowan, Jackie Tanner, and Jennifer McCormack. Each person was recognized for their leadership in advocating for the breast cancer needs of Maine women.
Jennifer McCormack, RN, BSN, MBA, breast and cancer prevention coordinator for the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) was one of three recipients to receive the Maine Breast Health Leadership Award presented at the 13th annual Silver Tea hosted by First Lady Karen Baldacci at the Blaine House on September 30.
McCormack received her award in the professional category along with Susan Rowan, executive director of the Maine Cancer Foundation in Portland. Jackie Tanner of Belgrade was the recipient of the volunteer award. Each person was recognized for their leadership in advocating for the breast cancer needs of Maine women.
McCormack, a resident of Carrabasset Valley, has coordinated the Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) Franklin County partnership for eight years. In this role, she has demonstrated a unique ability to understand her target audience and to address the challenges of women living in rural communities. She has designed and implemented outreach activities including door-to-door visits where phone service is lacking, and by using a mobile health unit to provide free health services including breast and cervical screenings. By doing so McCormack has subsequently increased MBCHP enrollment and promoted awareness of breast cancer to the general population in Franklin County.
“Jennifer constantly strives to find ways to help women afford screenings or get the support they need when facing cancer,” said Selina McGlauflin of the Maine Breast & Health Cervical Health Program who nominated McCormack and presented the award. “Many people do this as part of the day-to-day operations of their job, but few go above and beyond like Jennifer.”
Heather Davis, HCC executive director who supported the nomination of McCormack for the award added, “Jennifer has made remarkable contributions in promoting, advocating, educating, and providing screenings that contribute to improved breast health for the women of Greater Franklin County. Jennifer is a wonderful staff member to have at HCC. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work is commendable and I value her input and insight.”
The Maine Leadership Award for Breast Health, created in 1998, is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society, the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, Maine Breast Nurse Network, and Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Leadership awards are presented annually during the month of October to recognize Maine residents who have made exceptional contributions to promoting breast health, improving understanding of breast cancer, and/or working toward the elimination of the disease at the national, state, or local level.
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