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School of Medicine Sponsors Breast Health Awareness Seminars for Low Income Women
July 15, 2008

Mercer Departmennt of Community Medicine
(478) 301-2350

Richard L. Cameron
Marketing Communications
(478) 301-5500

MACON, Ga.--The Mercer University School of Medicine’s Department of Community Medicine will sponsor five additional breast health awareness seminars in central Georgia following the success of an initial seminar on June 27. These seminars serve low income women in eight counties of central Georgia. 

At the first of the six sessions held on June 27, Dr. Rene Sanchez and Dr. Minerva Villafane presented valuable health awareness information to 24 Spanish speaking women. The awareness seminar was given in Spanish, and the participants gained an excellent understanding of the topic. 

The project was supported by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Amy Gerwig, representing the Komen for the Cure, said she “was truly impressed by the seminar results.” The remaining five seminars will be given in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information concerning the seminars, contact the Mercer Department of Community Medicine at (478) 301-2350.

About the Mercer University School of Medicine
Celebrating its 25th year, Mercer University's School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The School only accepts Georgia residents into its medical degree program. Students entering Mercer University School of Medicine will be graduated from a school that utilizes a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. In June 2007, the University announced it would expand its two-year clinical program at Memorial University Medical Center into a second full, four-year doctor of medicine program by fall 2008. The School also offers master's degrees in public health, family therapy, and nurse anesthesia.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges - liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals - Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit