Our Work in the South

In 2016, we expanded our program implementation to the southern United States, specifically Georgia and South Carolina. We work closely with state and local agencies to organize cancer awareness events, host cancer education workshops for teens, and facilitate capacity building for increasing HPV vaccination efforts.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Day

Every January since 2017, Cancer Pathways and its partners have organized in-person and virtual events to convene state representatives, cancer survivors, medical professionals and community members to raise awareness about cervical cancer.

In early January 2022, Senate Resolution 396 was passed in the Georgia Senate in support of our work and to formally recognize January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. 

We invite you to learn more about our 2021 and 2022 Cervical Cancer Awareness Day events. 

Our next Cervical Cancer Awareness Day is January 19, 2023.

HPV Awareness Day

Starting March 2021, Cancer Pathways and its Georgia partners have hosted an HPV Awareness Day event to bring together medical professionals, survivors, legislators, and community members to discuss HPV-associated cancers and the HPV vaccination as cancer prevention. We are part of the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium’s HPV workgroup. In 2020 and 2022, we were recognized as a Georgia HPV Champion for our work in the Southern United States. We invite you to view a recording of Georgia’s 1st annual HPV Awareness Day event in 2021.

Two Georgia House Resolutions, in support of our work, were adopted in mid-March 2022: HR 988 and HR 1019. House Resolution 988 formally recognizes March 24, 2022 as HPV Awareness Day and summarizes the body of work we engage in. House Resolution 1019 recognizes this same day as HPV Cancer Awareness Day to bring additional attention to the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer.

Girl Scouts ‘Healthy Series’ Summit

For four consecutive years, we have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta to host an annual wellness summit focused on cancer prevention and healthy behaviors. We focus on ways to cultivate a healthy body, healthy skin, healthy lungs, and a healthy mind. We partner with medical experts and other cancer organizations to provide education and empowering tools so the girl scouts can earn a badge. 

Our next Healthy Day Summit will be in April 2023.

Community Events

Healthy Athens Day

The first annual Healthy Athens Day was hosted at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia on Saturday, May 14th from 11am-3pm. The event featured local agencies and organizations, including Cancer Pathways, promoting health and fitness through information, services, and food trucks.

Cancer Pathways provided educational materials on cancer support and prevention, as well as HPV vaccine status checks for all eligible youth. We also provided referral information to Clarke County Health Department and Hilsman Student Health Center, where individuals can access the vaccine in their community. We completed nearly 30 HPV vaccine checks for youth at Healthy Athens Day.

If you have received your vaccine since the event, please email jana@cancerpathways.org to receive your $25 Amazon gift card.

LaVaquita Farmers Market Health Fair

We partnered with the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia and the University of Georgia’s medical program to collectively offer HPV education, support, and vaccine status checks through the GRITS system. Read more about this health equity event.

Cancer Pathways is an approved practicum site for University of Georgia (UGA) and Georgia State University (GSU) students. Please contact Jana Mastrogiovanni for more information (see below).

Contact Information

Jana Mastrogiovanni, Program Manager
jana@cancerpathways.org