The Hicks Foundation

The Hicks Foundation believes that every woman deserves access to affordable health care and education to live a healthy life, free of cervical cancer.


Free Screening Days

Across the globe and here in our home state, millions of women are unable to afford or access screening for cervical cancer. For that reason, helping women access affordable medical care is central to our mission, and hostingFree Screening Days” is a focus of our work. In addition to providing medical care, these screening days are an opportunity to link women with state health insurance and other programs to set them on a path of maintaining regular affordable health care.

The Hicks Foundation has partnered with Maitri Health Care for Women, Affiliates in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Open Door Clinic to provide free cancer screenings days.

  • On January 20, 2007 we held our first Free Screening Day (FSD) and have continued the tradition of holding our Free Screening Days in January, which is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • In October 2008, we co-hosted a Migrant Farm Worker Free Screening Day to reach the many migrant workers who are rarely, if ever, screened.
  • In 2009 we expanded our annual Free Screening Day from one to three sites.
  • Again in 2010 & 2011, we have been growing our Free Screening Days to reach more rural and under served locations of Vermont. We have been able to do this by partnering with Vermont Department of Health’s (VDH) Ladies First program and the VDH Immunization Programs.
  • 2014-15 We’ve developed new partnerships with the University of Vermont Medical Center and  The Breast Cancer Center for a Free Women’s Wellness day- featuring Paptest, Mammograms and blood work.
  • Fall of 2015 we are featuring the award winning documentary film “SomeOne you Love:The HPV Epidemic” in Vermont cities.


Many women have come to rely on our annual free screening days and we plan to continue to work with the Department of Health and local health care providers to host Free Screening Days across the state. The Hicks Foundation is not a health care provider. Please ask your health care provider for additional information and personal recommendations.