For this first podcast, we’re focusing on the subject of cervical cancer in recognition of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. We are excited to speak with Ellie Nguyen, who works at Asian Women for Health as the Program Manager. She is also the founder of a media production company called 3arly July, and a former board member of Queens Talk, a monthly empowerment meetup for women of color. Ellie is a storyteller at heart, and her work is often found at the intersection of creativity and community. Through her innovative work and professional role as a wellness coach, she empowers others to embrace who they are, discover their voice, and walk in their truth.
Ellie facilitates cervical health workshops in the Asian community to provide culturally-relevant education on cervical health and to encourage Asian women to get their pap screening, as well as to offer support as peer health educators for family members and people in their community. Cervical cancer is ranked among the most common cancers in women worldwide. The Asian community has the highest rates of invasive cancer, but the lowest rates of screening.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Pap smears are recommended once every 3 years, not annually, as mentioned in the podcast unless your healthcare provider suggests otherwise.