Through the cooperative efforts of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (USA Onions) and Boise, ID-based St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, women in the Treasure Valley were given access to screening services at a mobile mammogram unit that visited various packing sheds in the onion-growing region.
The services were provided during December and were available to shed employees and members of the community. According to IEOOC Marketing Director Sherise Jones, the mobile unit spent a half day at participating sheds.
Ms. Jones said that taking part in "programs of this nature supports the IEOOC promotion committee's efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle, which is a message reflected in many of the committee's promotion campaign efforts."
Currently IEOOC is conducting a grilling campaign platform with Weber-Stephens Products LLC, focusing on healthy recipes that incorporate USA Onions and grilling techniques, she added.
"USA Onions is always pleased to see shipper members take action to contribute to our community's health and well-being," said Ms. Jones. "Bringing the mobile mammogram unit to members of the onion industry is certainly a positive step in a healthy direction."
Tiffany Cruikshank, IEOOC promotion committee member and USA Onions shipper, said, "When Tamara Bybee, another USA Onions shipper, reached out to me with the idea of bringing the St. Alphonsus mobile mammogram unit to our facilities, I was immediately on board. We have all been affected by breast cancer in one way or another, and mammograms are vital to early detection, which can save lives. We all know the process is generally not convenient, nor is it fun — but by bringing the mobile mammogram unit to our employees, we eliminate those barriers and provide breast health services in our local community."
Ms. Cruickshank lauded the hospital's eagerness to work with USA Onions, noting, "I cannot stress enough the ease of working with the mobile mammography unit. From the setup to their arrival and completion of the on-site mammograms, the process was smooth and simple, and our facility is excited to have them back again next year."
The screening coach is a 40-foot long mobile unit that travels to numerous sites throughout the region providing the same high-quality health-screening services available at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Mobile services are provided in the tri-corner region of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada, and the hospital made mammograms available to more than 3,000 women in 2012.