Women’s Way Partners

Mickey Hoeven Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer. Women's Way teaches women the importance of breast self-examinations. With cancer screening programs for both breast and cervical cancer, Women's Way provides an invaluable service to the women of North Dakota. With programs like Women's Way helping to educate women about the importance of good health, we will make great strides in winning the battle against breast and cervical cancer.
Mikey L. Hoeven
First Lady of North Dakota, 2001 -

Mickey Hoeven Women's Way is a tremendous program for North Dakota! Not only does it provide breast and cervical cancer screening services for eligible North Dakota women, but it teaches women about the importance of taking good care of themselves -- and the importance of early detection. Good health is so very important to our state's future. With programs like this, North Dakota is on its way to better health. Here's to Women's Way!
Nancy Jones Schafer
North Dakota First Lady, 1992 – 2000 

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Healthy North Dakota

Women's Way is helping build a healthy North Dakota by providing education on the importance of early detection and providing regular screening for breast and cervical cancer to eligible North Dakota women.  Healthy North Dakota supports Women's Way by sharing the importance of breast and cervical health across all of Healthy North Dakota.  


Comprehensive Cancer Control Program North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Comprehensive Cancer Control – Works with stakeholders and partners, like Women’s Way, in promotion of a common vision for comprehensive cancer control, implementation of the North Dakota Cancer Control Plan and utilization of available resources by:
  • Developing and maintaining communication channels,
  • Identifying and utilizing resources,
  • Integrating activities and networking with other state programs,
  • Analyzing and utilizing data to define the cancer problem,
  • Identifying and utilizing existing activities and strategies in the public and private sectors for prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care,
  • Identifying priority populations, and
  • Evaluating program effectiveness.
Joyce Sayler
Program Director
North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Cancer Registry logo North Dakota Cancer Registry

North Dakota Cancer Registry is a statewide cancer registry that collects incidence and mortality data on all North Dakota residents who are diagnosed and treated for cancer.

Providing complete and accurate data for evaluating the cancer burden on the state’s residents is one of the North Dakota Cancer Registry’s goals.
Marlys C. Knell
Program Director
North Dakota Cancer Registry
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
North Dakota Department of Health

  North Dakota Cancer Coalition

The North Dakota Cancer Coalition is made up of partners such as Women's Way from across the state who work together with the common goal of reducing the incidence and death of cancer among North Dakotans. North Dakota Cancer Coalition partners worked together to write North Dakota's Cancer Control Plan.

For more information about the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, go to: www.ndcancercoalition.org

Partnerlogo North Dakotans Partnering for Women's Health

Women's Way is working together with others across the state - medical professional, businesses, non-profit organizations, state health agencies and community groups - to promote improved health for women in our state. North Dakotans Partnering for Women's Health unites around this common interest in hopes of advancing disease prevention and awareness of available resources.

North Dakotans Partnering for Women's Health, along with First Lady Mikey L. Hoeven, hosts an annual Women's Health Summit, a women's health conference for people interested in wellness, women's health and screening services. The conference provides knowledge, skills and action ideas for women's personal health and for women we serve. The 2009/2010 Women's Health Summits will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Bimsarck, N.D., Monday, October 26, 2009 and at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conferene Center, Fargo, N.D., Monday, May 3, 2010.

Call the office of the First Lady at 701-328-1010 for more information.

logo ACS American Cancer Society

The North Dakota American Cancer Society and Women's Way have different missions yet one goal -- to detect breast and cervical cancer in early stages in order to reduce cancer mortality. Both organizations focus on education and early detection.

Women's Way provides breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible women and the American Cancer Society addresses the needs of breast and cervical cancer patients. Both organizations collaborate on several projects which educate and challenge women to bring information and action back to their community.

Cathy Domres
North Dakota Executive Director,
American Cancer Society
For cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-ACS-2345

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Reach to Recovery (RTR) is the American Cancer Society (ACS) program for breast cancer information and support. All RTR volunteers are breast cancer survivors trained to visit with people who have a concern about breast cancer, including women who are newly diagnosed or who already have begun breast cancer treatment.

The partnership between Women's Way and the Reach to Recovery program is very complementary. Women's Way provides screening for eligible clients and RTR is available to visit with anyone who requests a visit, whether or not she has a positive result on her mammogram. RTR volunteers may be called at any time during the screening continuum to offer support and information to the Women's Way client. In North Dakota, more than 70 trained RTR volunteers are available for visits.

The ACS and Women's Way are strong partners, each enhancing the other's efforts. If breast cancer is detected during a Women's Way screening, RTR may be contacted to give support, information and direction.
Delorse Tschider
Reach to Recovery State Coordinator
American Cancer Society-North Dakota
1108 19th Street S.E.
Mandan, ND  58554
Tel: 701.663.3403

DTPCLogo Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control

Women’s Way is working with the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles. Smoking causes cancer in many parts of the body, and is associated with an increased risk for cervical cancer. When a woman enrolls in Women’s Way she is assessed for tobacco use and offered information on quitting and a referral to local tobacco cessation programs or the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline.

ND Tobacco Quit line logo North Dakota Tobacco Quitline

The North Dakota Tobacco Quitline is a free, telephone-based counseling service available to all North Dakota residents. Callers work with professional counselors to assess their readiness to quit and help them develop a quitting plan. Additionally, friends and family members and health-care providers are also able to access the quitline to have their questions answered.  Nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenge and gum) are also available to women who enroll in counseling and are uninsured or underinsured. The toll-free number for the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline is 1.800.QUIT.NOW.

HCRlogo North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc.

Women's Way
is dedicated to ensuring that all North Dakota women have access to preventive health care services. This organization has been able to reach into communities, finding people who need help and leading them to people who can help. They have been very effective partners in promoting the early detection of breast and cervical cancer throughout the state. In short, Women's Way is saving lives in North Dakota.
Barbara Groutt
North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc.

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Women's Way
is a program that ensures that all women in North Dakota receive a basic level of preventive health care. Through community-based program efforts, uninsured and underinsured women receive screening services for breast and cervical cancer. In addition, all women in the state are exposed to messages about breast and cervical health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota supports Women’s Way in its comprehensive approach to reducing death and disability from breast and cervical cancer in North Dakota.

Dr. Jon Rice
Medical Director
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Susan G. Komen for the Cure logo Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Komen North Dakota Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.

The North Dakota Affiliate of Komen for the Cure was established in May 2009 and will be working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. They join more than a million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the North Dakota  Affiliate hopes to invest in community breast health programs throughout North Dakota. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds from fundraising events generated by the Affiliate will stay in the state. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research.

Please consider becoming a volunteer. The volunteer application form and a fact sheet are available at our website. With dedicated volunteers throughout the state working together in public and private sections, we will focus on the unmet needs of the medically underserved women in our state and will provide further education to win the fight against breast cancer.

For more information, call Tara Lacher, President at 701.426.8303, email: tjlacher@bis.midco.net or
visit www.komennorthdakota.org.