This week’s guest blog post comes from Paula Mozen, Director of the film LIFE INTERRUPTED. In this post, Paula shares a bit of her story and her journey with this film about the trials of breast cancer survivors. Please note that portions of the original post have been edited for clarity.
I was a documentary filmmaker long before I became a breast cancer survivor. When I was first diagnosed, I wanted to take care of my situation and move on. The last thing I wanted to do was to make a film about it, a project that I knew would take several years to fundraise and complete. As time passed and I gained perspective on my own situation, I realized I was NOT alone; there are hundreds of thousands of us out here. In the United States, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2021, an estimated 330,000 new cases will be diagnosed.
Breast Cancer is indeed an epidemic. It can be found across all age, gender, socio-economic, ethnic, and geographic groups. It does not discriminate; however, as we know, access to quality healthcare can be very discriminatory.
Holding these truths together plus having the inside track to my own experience, I decided to make the film I wish I could have seen when I was diagnosed – both times. I wanted LIFE INTERRUPTED to put a face to the statistics and tell meaningful stories in order to inspire change.
Breast cancer patients are often asked to make their own choices in terms of treatments available. The moment the diagnosis is received, each person must gather information and make life-altering decisions under extreme emotional duress, all in a relatively short period of time. While individual circumstances are unique, hearing about the personal journeys from articulate women who have traveled this road before is invaluable for navigating treatments and keeping hope alive. Knowledge is power; the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer depends on this.
Persistence is a common theme for indie filmmakers and breast cancer survivors alike. Just when you think you are finished, there is usually another mountain to climb.
From Berkeley to Berlin to Beirut and back to Bozeman, MY LIFE INTERRUPTED was screened, was reviewed, and won several awards at festivals. After these events, I wanted to connect directly with audiences who cared about the themes and issues the film covered, including Healthcare Advocates, Providers, and survivors. My hope was to provide empowerment for survivors to be self-advocates and to share with family members, advocates and healthcare providers what it truly means to survive breast cancer.
I learned about the All of Us Research Program and partnership with NNLM through Julie Sherwood, the Partnership & Community Engagement Manager for the Wichita Public Library. After a series of emails, a partnership was formed that would involve collaborations with NNLM staff from throughout the organization, including Brittany Thomas, Brian Leaf, Linda Loi, Darlene Kaskie, Michelle Spatz, George Strawley, Asih Asikin-Garmager, Richard McLean, Helen Spielbauer, Rachel Maller, Holly Stevenson, Laura Bartlett, and Frost Keaton.
Beginning March 3rd through April 15th, NNLM and I look forward to presenting the LIFE INTERRUPTED Virtual Screening Series which includes live interactive panel discussions in partnership with The Black Women’s Health Imperative, The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Asian Health Coalition, Henry Ford Health System, Greensboro AHEC and Nashville Public Library.
During the panel discussions, hear from medical or research professionals who specialize in breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and advocates who represent populations historically underrepresented in medical research. Panelists will share their experiences and knowledge on diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, living with breast cancer, advancing treatments and cures for breast cancer, and advocating for precision medicine and diversity of medical research through programs like All of Us.
It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the entire team so far, a group of talented, motivated and detail-oriented individuals who are dedicated to creating the best possible audience user experience. Everyone is focused on making each event engaging, interactive, relevant and accessible. To work with a team like this is – well – a filmmaker’s dream come true; we are all on the same page, doing the right thing for the right reasons, all to empower patients and share meaningful stories.
Thank you to Paula Mozen for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post! We look forward to seeing the great things that come from this project.
For more information or to attend any of these upcoming free events, visit watch.eventive.org/lifeinterrupted
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The following guest blog post is provided by NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network in collaboration with Sarah Lucero. We always love to share what libraries around our region are up to! Read below to learn about ABOS and Sarah’s experience at this year’s virtual conference.
In October 2020, NNLM financially supported 20 library staff across the country to attend the 15th annual Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference. Originally slated for Dallas, TX, the conference was retooled as a virtual event due to Covid-19. Most attendees agreed that there were actually benefits to the online format. NNLM All of Us presented at the conference and continues to work with ABOS on health outreach initiatives. Here, one South Central Region scholarship recipient outlines her favorite moments, and what she took away from the ABOS conference.
Sarah Lucero, Programming and Outreach, Nicholas P. Sims Library (TX)
This was my first year to attend the ABOS conference. I learned about ABOS in early spring of 2020 and when I saw that a conference would be held in Dallas I immediately applied for the Carol Hole Award. I was delighted to find an organization that focuses on outreach!
ABOS did not disappoint! I chose to attend multiple sessions that concentrated on children and senior citizens outreach; which is the primary focus of my position and my community programming.
I particularly enjoyed seeing how other Outreach Services were revamping and modifying how to do outreach in a new way; and discussing with fellow attendees what has and has not worked for us.
Overall, I learned there is a huge community of like-minded people who are just as passionate about serving our local communities as I am. I eagerly await next year’s conference.
Thank you to Sarah for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post.
To learn more about ABOS, please click here.
To learn more about The Carol Combs Hole Conference Attendance Award, click here.
Check out the Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie, TX here.
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This week’s guest blog post comes from Porcha Grigsby, Executive Directory of Black Girl Health Foundation. She tells us a little bit about what her organization is doing to improve health outcomes in New Orleans’ Louisiana and beyond. Please note that portions of the original post have been edited for clarity.
Description of Minds Matter Nola Event
Black Girl Health Foundation’s Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign is a partnership with libraries across the country to promote mental health awareness. BGHF partnered with the National Network of Library of Medicine South Central Region to implement MINDS MATTER NOLA!
On October 24th BGHF worked with our local library partner, New Orleans Public Library, to conduct 6 virtual workshops. The virtual workshops were live-streamed through the software called stream-yard. This software allowed us to live stream the workshop series on BGHF Facebook page, while the public library conducted a watch party to livestream on their Facebook page. The event was executed in a symposium format where all workshops occurred on the same day as part of a one (1) day long event. The workshop series was well received by residents and the workshops were engaging and informative. In fact, 656 people watched our event LIVE; we received 4 out of 4 stars among those who completed our feedback form.
Our workshops included the following:
- Yoga Retreat focused on mental healing through exercise.
- Moms Suffering In Silence was a panel discussion that focused on postpartum depression, maternal mortality, single mom anxiety.
- Healing past mental abuse focused on restoring mental stability after domestic violence.
- Black Lives Matter was a panel that focused on health disparities and racial trauma.
- Free your mind and the weigh will follow focused on how foods affect your mental health.
- Beating depression naturally focused on natural ways to reduce anxiety and depression.
During each virtual workshop we had 5-minute commercial breaks in which we were able to promote NLM resources and get NNLM SCR staff involved in our event. SCR staff used MedlinePlus and other valuable NLM/NNLM resources to develop six (6) short informative videos as part of a series entitled Meet Chloe. This series follows Chloe as she highlights a range of mental health subject areas that particularly affect our communities, including Senior Mental Health, PTSD, and Perinatal Depression among others; these videos were streamed between workshop sessions. In addition, we were able to get local organizations involved as their videos were included in the commercial breaks during the event and focused on how they are serving the community.
If you would like to see a promotional video for this even, please click here.
Executive Director Bio
Porcha Grigsby has 13 years of television media experience and 6 years of health advocacy experience. She is a health advocate whose strength is in motivating women to live healthier lifestyles. Her strong background in television news has helped her connect with women and girls all around the country through black girl health. Porcha founded Black Girl Health, LLC also known as BGH in 2014. The digital outreach organization’s number #1 service is its BGH membership which is a sisterhood of women who are living health lifestyles. The company also creates social media campaigns and video platforms that help companies connect with minority women and promote health awareness. In 2019, Porcha expanded the Black Girl Health brand by starting the Black Girl Health Foundation, INC which is a non-profit organization that creates pathways to educate, engage, and empower women and girls to reduce health disparities and improve health literacy. The foundation connects with women from around the country doing community outreach through its College Ambassador program and its Moms health program called “The Superwoman Project. Porcha Serves as the Executive Director of BGHF, which her passion is to help black women women thrive by taking control of their health.
Thank you to Porcha Grigsby for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post. Porcha’s contact information is available below.
Porcha Grigsby, Executive Director of Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc
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