African-American women are often diagnosed with more advanced breast cancer and are more likely to die from this disease than any other group of women. Linda Creed’s response to this situation is Safe Circle.
Safe Circle is an outreach program that is culturally relevant to the African-American community. Through church and community-based organizations, educational facilities, work sites and small groups, Safe Circle provides breast health information, screenings and support services.
Using a “Train the Trainer” model, Safe Circle volunteers are recruited from within the African-American community. These volunteers are trained as trainers of other women who then deliver breast health educational workshops to women in the community. These “Safe Circles” are specifically designed to address women's fears and worries, increase their knowledge and understanding, and encourage them to act on behalf of their own good health. The information provided identifies myths and barriers that prevent African-American women from accessing screening and follow-up treatment.
The Safe Circle program has an Advisory Task Force that, along with the agency, provides direction for the program. Knowing that early detection is our best tool against breast cancer, our mission is to encourage and enable women to enter the health care system earlier, thereby improving the possibility of early detection and the hope of saving lives.
If you would like to attend a Safe Circle program or become a volunteer, call the Linda Creed at 215-564-3700 (Toll-Free Number: 1-877-99-CREED) for additional information.