Celebrating Diversity Every Day Of The Year

April is Celebrate Diversity Month—a dedicated time to recognize and honor the rich dimensions of diversity within our global communities. At Cervivor, Inc., while we spotlight this month with dedicated enthusiasm, our commitment to embracing and promoting diversity extends far beyond April. It is woven into the very fabric of our mission and activities throughout the entire year.

Why Diversity Matters to Us
At Cervivor, Inc., our work centers on cervical cancer awareness and education, areas where the disparities in health outcomes are stark. These disparities are often shaped by diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Acknowledging and addressing these differences is crucial in our fight against cervical cancer.

Diversity isn’t just about recognizing the varied backgrounds of the people we serve; it’s also about ensuring that everyone—regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status—has access to the knowledge and healthcare resources they need to prevent and fight cervical cancer.

Get Involved:

1. Education Tailored to Needs – We strive to tailor our educational content and outreach to meet the diverse needs of the global communities we serve. This involves creating materials in multiple languages, considering cultural sensitivities, and providing resources that are accessible to all, regardless of their educational background or health literacy levels. Check out our Educational Materials section here!

2. Diverse Voices and Stories – Our advocacy is built on the stories of real people across the globe who have faced cervical cancer. These stories are powerful, not only for the emotional and personal truths they convey but also because they reflect a spectrum of experiences across different communities. By amplifying diverse voices, we bring greater awareness to the unique challenges faced by different groups and foster a more inclusive conversation about health. Join the mission of Cervivor and share your story today.

3. Partnerships and Community Engagement – Building strong partnerships with other global organizations that work with underrepresented groups is another way we ensure our message reaches as widely as possible. Through collaboration, we can address gaps in information and care that disproportionately impact certain communities. We thank them for being our Partners in Purpose.

4. Training and Volunteerism – We also focus on training a diverse group of advocates. Our volunteer advocates come from all walks of life, and all areas worldwide. They are essential to our mission and bring their unique perspectives and skills to our work, helping us reach more people more effectively. Are you looking for ways to volunteer? Sign up today!

5. Donate – Cervivor works tirelessly to ensure marginalized voices are heard, representation is valued, and opportunities are accessible to all. Your donation not only aids in the advancement of equality but also helps build stronger, more resilient communities where diversity is celebrated and embraced as a fundamental strength.

The Impact of Continued Diversity
The continued focus on diversity enriches our organization and improves the effectiveness of our outreach and education efforts. By understanding and integrating the varied perspectives and needs of the communities we serve, we can make a significant impact on reducing the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer.

Looking Beyond April
While Celebrate Diversity Month provides a great opportunity to highlight issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, at Cervivor, Inc., these values are integral to our daily operations. Every day of the year, we are committed to understanding and serving the needs of diverse global communities, ensuring equitable access to information and care, and reducing the health disparities that affect outcomes in cervical cancer.

We invite you to join us in this ongoing work. Whether through sharing information, volunteering, or participating in our programs, your support makes a vital difference. Together, we can ensure that every day is an opportunity to celebrate and nurture diversity, bringing us closer to a world where no one faces cervical cancer alone.

Let’s continue to celebrate diversity, not just this month but every single day, and make a lasting difference in the lives of all we serve.

Apply now for our upcoming Communities of Color Patient Advocacy Retreat and Cervivor School 2024!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cervivor Mourns the Loss of Jessica Pettway to Cervical Cancer: Calls for Increased Advocacy

[Upper Marlboro, MD], March 22, 2024 – Cervivor, Inc., a leading advocacy organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness, advocacy, and support, is deeply saddened by the passing of Jessica Pettway, a beloved beauty influencer, wife, and mother, who tragically lost her life to cervical cancer at the age of 36. Jessica’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the critical importance of early detection and accurate diagnosis in the mission to eliminate this preventable disease.

Jessica’s journey underscores the urgent need for increased awareness, education, and advocacy surrounding cervical cancer. Despite her efforts to seek medical attention, Jessica was initially misdiagnosed, with doctors dismissing her symptoms as “just a fibroid.” This devastating misdiagnosis delayed crucial treatment and ultimately cost Jessica her life.

During this difficult time, Cervivor extends its deepest condolences to Jessica’s family, friends, and followers. We stand in solidarity with all those affected by cervical cancer and remain steadfast in our commitment to preventing any more insurmountable losses.

Cervical cancer is a highly preventable and treatable disease when detected early through routine screenings and HPV vaccinations. However, disparities in access to healthcare, misinformation, and stigma continue to pose significant barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment especially in communities of color.

As advocates for cervical cancer prevention and elimination, Cervivor urges individuals to prioritize their cervical health by:

  1. Advocating for themselves and their loved ones by seeking regular screenings and medical attention for any concerning symptoms.
  2. Educating themselves about cervical cancer risks, prevention strategies, and available resources.
  3. Engaging in open and honest conversations about cervical health with healthcare providers, family members, and peers.
  4. Supporting organizations like Cervivor in their mission to raise awareness, promote education, and advocate for policy changes to improve cervical cancer prevention and care.

Jessica’s legacy will endure as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to prioritize cervical health and ensure that no one suffers the same fate due to misinformation, misdiagnosis, or inadequate healthcare access.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact Morgan Newman, Community Engagement Liaison at [email protected].

About Cervivor:

Cervivor is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cervical cancer advocacy, education, and support. Founded by a now 22-year survivor, Tamika Felder, Cervivor is committed to empowering individuals affected by cervical cancer to become advocates for their health while working to eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease. For more information, visit https://cervivor.org/

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