The Barbour County Health Department and area health care providers gathered at the Philippi Garden Market Thursday morning for the county’s annual women’s health day. The event included a visit from WVU’s Bonnie’s Bus, so that area women had a chance to get their annual checkup for breast cancer. Bonnie’s Bus staff said coming out to more rural areas like Barbour County can make a big difference to county women.
“There are really rural areas where women can’t get to a clinic to get a mammo done, so this provides a service to them, or underprivileged, if they don’t have insurance, we have that covered as well, so the impact to that is remarkable,” said Staff Mammographer Cheera Rinker.
There was still plenty to check out for area women inside the market as well. Women could take advantage of free screenings at the event, and pick up more information about their health. Health department director Annette Santilli said it’s important that women take time for themselves and their health.
“Women need to take care of themselves. Often they’re spending time taking care of their families that they don’t take time for themselves, so we want the women to concentrate on themselves,” said Santilli.
Rinker agrees, and said they do their best to make the mammogram experience as simple as possible so other women will make the effort to get their checkups.
“So when a woman leaves here and has a good experience, we want them to go educate more women, and the more education we get out there, the better, because there’s always a woman who thinks they don’t need it or thinks they can’t get it because they don’t have insurance,” Rinker said.