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September 19, 2018

OCO Invites Florists To Help Promote Annual Health Screenings


FULTON, NY – In an effort to raise awareness of the availability of free cancer screenings and low-cost reproductive health screenings and to encourage community members to help spread the word to their loved ones, Oswego County Opportunity’s Cancer Services Program Partnership and the Health Education Program are reaching out to florists throughout Oswego County to help them in the fight for early detection.

Coordinator of OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership, Carolyn Handville, and OCO Health Educator, Janelle Hutchinson, are excited about the possibility of working with Oswego County florists to promote the availability of free cancer screenings and low-cost reproductive health screenings, as well as the importance of receiving them regularly.

Dowd’s Flower Shop is partnering with OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership and OCO’s Health Education Department to help fight cancer. Located at 222 W. First St. in Fulton, Dowd’s Flower Shop, owned by John Bertrand, is a continuation of Dowd’s House of Flowers originally established in 1972.  From left are manager Holly Ross and OCO health educator Janelle Hutchinson.

Dowd’s Flower Shop is partnering with OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership and OCO’s Health Education Department to help fight cancer. Located at 222 W. First St. in Fulton, Dowd’s Flower Shop, owned by John Bertrand, is a continuation of Dowd’s House of Flowers originally established in 1972. From left are manager Holly Ross and OCO health educator Janelle Hutchinson.

“Florists help people show how much they care about their friends and loved ones every day. The emotional response to receiving flowers is a very positive thing. We are looking to partner with florists so that we may share in that positive emotional experience and inform their customers about tremendous benefits of receiving cancer and reproductive health screenings on a regular basis,” explained Handville.

Hutchinson said, “What better way to show your loved ones how much you care than by taking care of yourself first!”

OCO’s Cancer Services Partnership and Health Education Program will provide participating florists with free note cards to include with all floral arrangement deliveries, free posters for their shops promoting the many health services available from the OCO’s Cancer Services Partnership and Health Education Programs, as well as free pens, key chains and nail files that they can distribute to their customers as they tell them about the programs.

According to the American Cancer Society, in Oswego County 13 individuals are diagnosed with cancer every week and 5 individuals will lose their battle to cancer weekly.

The Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County, which is funded by the NYS Department of Health and Susan G. Koman for the Cure provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are either under-insured or uninsured and 40 years of age and older.

OCO Health Education’s bottom line is connecting people from the community to the Family Planning (Reproductive/Sexual Health) Services offered at OCO health centers.

The services they offer men and women of all ages are high quality, confidential and encompass all aspects of an individual’s sexual health.

Many members of the community are unaware that they qualify for free or lower cost/sliding scale reproductive health care.

“I encourage all Oswego County florists to join us in our mission to improve the overall wellness of our community, to improve the quality of life and create stronger, more successful communities. We do not want any man or woman delaying to complete their annual health screenings due to a lack of health insurance coverage. Working together we can spread the word about these wonderful programs and improve the overall wellness of our community,” added Handville.

For more information on OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership and Health Education’s reproductive health services, call Handville at 315-342-0888 ext 1455.

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