CHA program launched in Haywood County

May 23, 2014

The American Cancer Society has launched its Community Health Advisor Program in Haywood County.  The program trains local women and men who seek to improve the health of people in their communities.  The ultimate goal is to have these folks, who are traditionally in underserved communities, get the appropriate screenings for breast cancers.

The CHA program works specifically in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties, where some communities have lower than average cancer screening rates and higher than average percent of families in poverty.  CHAs in each area will educate people on the ways to prevent cancer, and also point them toward ways to getting screened. CHAs will also teach the community about how the American Cancer Society can help families affected by cancer.

The CHA program is always looking for volunteers to become community health advisors as well as individuals to become community network partners that will support the program’s efforts.  Those interested in volunteering or organizations interested in having a CHA speak to a large group should call Carolyne Moses, community health advisor specialist, at 586-8035 or 226-3653.

For more information on this program or any of the other programs of the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit