Family Health selected for the first-ever Cervical Cancer Learning Series 03.08.2024

March 8, 2024

Family Health selected for the first-ever Cervical Cancer Learning Series

MOBILE, Ala. — The Office of Women’s Health division of the Health Resources and Services Administration has selected 12 healthcare agencies from around the country to participate in the CERV-Net: A Cervical Cancer ECHO Learning Series.

Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, has been chosen as a participant.

This is the first time the ECHO has offered this Cervical Cancer Learning Series. CERV-Net is an 11-week training event for health care providers, and the first session began on March 7.

CERV-Net is a virtual, collaborative learning series that prepares and empowers providers to engage partners, patients, and communities to improve cervical cancer care. Topics covered include patient-centered care and the latest advancements in cervical cancer care.

Family Health is one of two agencies in the state of Alabama selected to participate in the learning series.

Two women’s health providers at Family Health were selected to champion this learning series. They are Christen Altermatt, M.D, and Maria Beck, C.R.N.P.

Both providers are integral to the agency in offering patients opportunities for both cervical and breast cancer screenings.

Alabama routinely has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality — significantly worse than the United States. Women are more likely to die in Alabama from cervical cancer than most other states in the nation.

Right now, Alabama ranks third in the nation for incidence and deaths from cervical cancer.

Patients without insurance may be able to get free or low-cost screening through the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. For referral or eligibility information, call 877-252-3324 or visit

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by MCHDadmin