Portraits of Montana Women Living With Disabilities Comes to Miles City

September 29, 2015

MISSOULA – An exhibition titled “Every Woman Matters: Portraits of Montana Women Living with Disabilities” will be shown Saturday, Oct. 3, in Miles City as part of Pink Night Out, an event to celebrate breast cancer survivors and new health care imaging techniques. 

Pink Night Out, sponsored by Holy Rosary Healthcare, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Miles Community College Centra, located at 2715 Dickinson St. The doors open for the event at 4 p.m., and it will include hors d’oeuvres, prizes, a fashion show and more. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.holyrosaryhealthcare.org/ or call 406-233-4053.

The EWM exhibit installation features black-and-white portraits of 12 Montana women with physical disabilities. Some of them are breast cancer survivors, and all are role models and advocates. The portraits, taken by internationally acclaimed portrait photographer Steven Begleiter, are augmented by a multimedia video project produced by University of Montana School of Journalism students and UM Professor Jeremy Lurgio. A grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Montana Affiliate supported portrait production.

The exhibit is part of the Right to Know campaign, a family of health promotion materials designed to increase awareness of breast cancer among women with physical disabilities and encourage those women to get screened. The Montana Disability and Health Program, a partnership of UM’s Rural Institute and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, was one of four state programs funded to implement the RighttTo Know campaign in 2007.

In 2009, as part of campaign efforts, the group developed the Montana Mammography Directory based on results of a study of Montana’s mammography facilities. The directory provides information on hours of operation, bus routes, average costs, available services and accessibility. The information helps patients and mammography center staff schedule successful mammograms. The 2015 directory is available at http://mtdh.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/blog/?page_id=1235.

Those who wish to host an Every Woman Matters installation should call Meg Ann Traci, Montana Disability and Health Program project director, at 406-243-4956 or email meg.traci@mso.umt.edu. They also can get more information by calling Helen Russette, UM Rural Institute program coordinator, at 406-243-4860 or emailing helen.russette@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: Meg Ann Traci, project director, Montana Disability and Health Program of Montana DPHHS and the UM Rural Institute, 406-243-4956, meg.traci@mso.umt.edu; Helen Russette, UM Rural Institute program coordinator, 406-243-4860, helen.russette@mso.umt.edu.