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Breast Education and Early-detection Project


The mission of the Breast Education and Early-detection Project, commonly known as BEEP, is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through provision of innovative and creative approaches in teaching breast cancer awareness and prevention to women within the Bolivar, Sunflower, and Washington County communities who have limited access to preventive care.

Program Description

BEEP started in January 2007 through funding provided by the Central Mississippi Steele Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The project has been continuously funded since then. BEEP is well known throughout communities across the Mississippi Delta and has developed into one of the top grassroots community health programs in the region. The project is a community based health program that focuses on a year-long campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer, breast health, and the importance of early detection. BEEP:

  • Serves Bolivar, Sunflower, and Washington counties
  • Provides educational workshops on breast health awareness in each of the counties
  • Provides funding to offer free clinical exams and mammograms for ladies who attend the workshops and who are 40 years or older, have limited income, and who are uninsured or underinsured
  • Participates in health fairs and other community events to promote breast health awareness throughout the year


Breast health education workshops are are held year round for churches, schools, businesses, organizations, and programs that are willing to host the workshops. The workshops are open to the general public. Women who attend one of the BEEP workshops are eligible to receive free breast health screenings. Eligibility requirements for these screenings apply.

Signature Events

  • Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament (DSU Golf Course)
  • October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events
  • Pink Out Football Game (in conjunction with DSU Athletics Department)

Free Mammogram Screenings

Women who are eligible will be selected from the participants who attend one of the BEEP workshops. Participants must:

  • Submit an application to the project and will be selected pending they meet eligibility requirements
  • Be 40 years or older
  • Be a resident of Bolivar, Sunflower, or Washington county
  • Not have insurance for breast cancer screening
  • Be financially unable to pay for a clinical exam or mammogram

Program Success

Since 2008 (through July 16, 2014), BEEP has:

  • Sponsored or participated in 330 workshops, health fairs, and other events
  • Reached 17,147 individuals
  • Provided 364 mammograms and 440 clinical exams
  • Provided 351 transportation stipends to participants to assist with costs of travel for the screenings
  • Referred 43 individuals for further testing after the screenings (12%)
  • Assisted in identifying 11 individuals with cancer through the additional testing (26%)
  • Established and maintained long-term partnerships to sponsor events in the community
  • Provided training and certification for 51 individuals as instructors on breast and other cancers

Contact Information

Gail Bailey
Phone: 662.846.4008


BEEP is funded by provision of a grant from the Central Mississippi Steele Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. For more information about Central Mississippi Steele Magnolias, visit www.komencentralms.org.


Bolivar Medical Center
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program of Mississippi State Department of Health
Delta Regional Medical Center
Delta Health Center
Mississippi State Department of Health
North Sunflower Medical Center – Sunflower Diagnostic Center

Child Abuse Awareness Blue Ribbon Campaign/Resource Fair sponsored by Bolivar County Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children’s Services held April 4, 2014 at United Family Life Center in Cleveland, MS in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Pictured: Gail Bailey, Aubreisha Hackler, and a health fair participant.

Two-day Workshop on Chronic Diseases presented by My Brother’s Keeper in Jackson, MS and sponsored by SAM on April 24 – 25, 2014. Pictured: AmeriCorps*VISTA members Derrick Price, Aubreisha Hackler, participant Jessica Omoregie, project coordinator Gail Bailey, AmeriCorps*VISTA member Alexis Hynes, and a My Brother’s Keeper instructor.

Annual Ladies Day Program sponsored by Nixon Street Church of Christ held at the Children’s Community Center in Hollandale, MS on April 26, 2014. Pictured: First Ladies of Church of Christ in the Delta.

Ladies Day Health Fair held at Sycamore Street Church of Christ in Greenwood, MS on May 17, 2014. Pictured: Gail Bailey (right) and nurses.

BEEP partnered with the Donald Driver Foundation Football Camp to promote breast cancer awareness at the Donald Driver Football Camp on June 26, 2014 at Cleveland High School. Camp participants wore pink Running Komen ribbons on the camp t-shirts. Pictured: Sharon Grose, Donald Driver, Aubreisha Hackler, and Gail Bailey.

Congregational Health Fair sponsored by Mississippi Department of Health held at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood, MS on June 27, 2014. Pictured: Aubreisha Hackler, Sharon Grose, and Gail Bailey.

Health Fair sponsored by Natha’s Ministries Word of God Church of Indianola, MS on June 28, 2014. Gail Bailey provided information on breast cancer awareness.

Educational workshop on breast cancer awareness and breast health for students living on campus in Cleveland Hall was held on October 2, 2014. The workshop was presented by Gail Bailey.

BEEP participated in a pink out football game at J.F.K.High School in Mound Bayou on October 10, 2014. Gail Bailey provided information on breast cancer awareness and breast health.

Residents of Brumby-Castle Residence Hall at Delta State University participated in a fund raising event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support BEEP.  They placed extra change in a container that was placed in the lobby of the residence hall.

Hey Joe’s Restaurant of Cleveland made a contribution to BEEP. A total of $300 was raised by the restaurant to support breast cancer awareness. Pictured: Pictured (l to r)  Gail Bailey, Marisol Doyle of Hey Joe’s, and  Aubreisha Hackler.

BEEP staff attended the Veteran’s Day program held on the lawn of the Bolivar County Court House in Cleveland. City and County elected officials along with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion held a ceremony in memory and honor of those individuals from Bolivar County that have served in the armed forces. Pictured:  AmeriCorps*VISTA member Aubreisha Hackler and Project coordinator Gail Bailey.

The Breast Education and Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P.) participated in the Pearl Project Health Fair in Greenville, MS. The annual event is sponsored by the Greenville Chapter of the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses Association of Mississippi. This year’s event was was held at the Masonic Lodge in Greenville, MS on March 21. The association is named after Eliza Pillars who was the first black registered nurse employed by the Mississippi Department of Health. The group supports professional nursing across the state of Mississippi. Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. project coordinator, provided literature concerning breast cancer awareness to participants at the fair.

Gail Bailey attended a Symposium on Race and Sustainability on April 1, 2015 at the CCED. The symposium was hosted by University of Mississippi’s Center for Population Studies, the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, The Winter Institute, Mississippi Center for Justice, The University of Mississippi School of Law, Inclusion and Cross-cultural Engagement, and AmeriCorps*VISTA. Two panel discussions were held on challenges and collaboration. Presenters pictured (l to r): Robert Gates (Tri County Cooperative), Desta Heff (Delta Directions), Amy Campbell (University of Tennessee), Aurelia Jones-Taylor (Aaron Henry Community Health Center), Courtney Choi (Center for Mississippi Justice), and Vaish Shastry (Sunflower Freedom Project

Ladies Day Program held at Shaw Public Library in Shaw, MS on June 9, 2014. Pictured: AmeriCorps*VISTA members Sharon Grose (l) and Aubreisha Hackler (r)with program participants.

Educational workshop on breast cancer awareness and breast health at the Presentation Sisters Center in Shaw was held on October 9, 2014. The workshop was presented by Gail Bailey, Project Coordinator.

BEEP held a Walk-a-thon on October 1, 2014 at the DSU walking trail to begin Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Department of Outdoor Recreation, the College of Education and Human Sciences, Sonic Drive-in of Cleveland, and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing partnered with BEEP. The event was attended by 314 participants who walked 1507 laps. Sonic Drive-in of Cleveland donated 50 cents per lap (up to $500.00).

Celebrating the BEEP Walk-a-thon check presentation were: (front, l to r) DSU President William N. LaForge;  AmeriCorps*VISTA members Sharon Grose and Aubreisha Hackler; David Bagwell, owner of Sonic Drive-in; Todd Davis, director of Outdoor Recreation. Back: Gail Bailey, project coordinator; Robin Boyles, institutional grants administrator; Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Continuing Education and Research; Dr. Melody Fortune, assistant professor of health care management and BEEP advisory committee member.

The Zeta Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Delta State University coordinated a fund raising event along with five other Greek organizations (Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Alpha, and Alpha Phi Alpha) to support BEEP. A total of $542 was raised. Pictured (l to r):  Aubreisha Hackler, Jean Blackmon of  Zeta Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Alpha, and Gail Bailey.

BEEP held an Advisory Committee meeting on February 10, 2015 at the Center for Community and Economic Development. The committee advise, serve as advocates from local communities, help staff with project priorities, provide feedback on community activities held in the areas served by BEEP, and give insight on additional resources. Volunteers were honored for their contributions to the Project during 2014-2015.

Attending the meeting were: (front, l to r):  Renee White, BelFlex on-site manager; Resident assistants Faderricka Harvey, Tori Shelby, Porsha Gatson, and Taziana Blunt (back, l to r): Ezell Landrum, Delta Area Hospice community educator; Todd Davis, DSU director of outdoor recreation; Cecil Barnett, DSU grounds manager; Johnny Glorioso, DSU golf shop manager; Andre Harris, Walgreens district manager; J. C. Blackmon, external VP of Phi kappa Alpha. Not pictured: Marisol Doyle, Hey Joes manager; David Bagwell, Sonic Drive in of Cleveland owner; Rev. Bobby Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church in Merigold, MS.

Gail Bailey, Project Coordinator for the Breast Education and Early-detection Project at Delta State discusses the importance of early detection with a participant at health fair at Cornerstone Church on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, MS.