2018 Community Partners

Patient Navigation

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc. — $40,000
Project Breast Education and Screening Together (BEST)
Through Project BEST, CBWCHC will conduct group breast cancer education services with a focus of reaching Chinese American women in NYC, including timely patient navigation services, case management, and transportation assistance at the OB/GYN Department to 200 patients with abnormal screenings. They will also provide treatment support services through their Health Center's social work referrals, services, community-based treatment support programs, and 2 breast cancer in-service training to providers.
Yajie Zhu, Program Coordinator (OB/GYN Programs)
212-966-0228 x 2226
Korean Community Services — $30,000
Women Empowered (WE)
This program consists of patient navigation services, community education, and outreach for minority Asian immigrant women from South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, and the Philippines. The project aims to refer and screen at least 280 women as well as provide breast health education workshops to 160 individuals through one-on-one sessions and group workshops. The project will reach 1800 individuals by hosting 2 health fairs & cultural events, and by utilizing media and social media platforms.
Sara Kim, Director
212-463-9685 x 205
Long Island Jewish Medical Center — $50,000
Cancer Community Connection Program (CCCP)
CCCP seeks to improve health equity around breast cancer for vulnerable populations by eliminating common logistical, financial, and psychosocial barriers to screening and care. They plan to provide logistical assistance to women across the continuum of care as well as mental health and social support services such as counseling. They also plan to expand their Community Ambassador Program through providing at least two recruitment and training opportunities and will expand and diversify their network of community partners by creating strong and sustainable collaborations with at least eight new community agencies. In-depth patient navigation will be provided to 100% of women with suspicious results and additional outreach efforts will be carried out to increase awareness of the importance of early detection and to facilitate access to screening.
Shria Raghunathan, Women's Health Coordinator
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) — $50,000
Immigrant Breast Health Access Program (IBHA)
This program aims to assess breast cancer risk for 400 Arab and Mexican American women through monthly breast cancer education workshops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Through the Consulate on Wheels, IBHA patient navigators will assess breast cancer risk for 76 participants through one-on-one education about breast cancer at weekly VDS health screenings. They will also navigate 275 workshops and one-on-one education participants and women who qualified for screening into the NYS Cancer Services Partnership Program, local mammography facilities, and mobile screening vans. IBHA will link 19 Arab and Mexican American breast cancer patients in treatment facilities through New York City to resources including transportation, food, legal assistance, and support by administering the ICCAN Survey.
Claudia Ayash, Co-Director, Arab Health Initiative
Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center — $40,000
Breast/Chest Cancer Screening Access Project
This program will serve lesbian, bisexual women, individuals of transgender, and gender non-binary experience through improving access, removing barriers, and providing culturally competent breast/chest cancer screening in NYC for those who are uninsured. The program seeks to provide 1000 CBEs for clients, 600 referrals for mammograms, 400 mammograms, referrals for other supportive services to 250 clients, and transportation assistance for 100 clients.
Natasha Goykhberg, Manager of Care Coordination
New York Presbyterian/Columbia — $30,000
Expansion of an Evidence-Based Breast Cancer Navigation Program
This program seeks to reach 2000 women who are enrolled in NYP's Primary Care Centers and are in need of breast cancer screenings. The grant will partially fund a PN Manager to oversee existing PNs, assist in formalizing communications with staff at each PC center, and assist in further developing systems policies to close gaps that hinder timeliness and completion of care. NYP will also develop a Task Force to ensure systems changes are made.
Karen Schmitt, Executive Director
Open Door Family Medical Centers — $30,000
Breast Health Program
Under this program, 5,000 women will receive services including patient navigation services, education for everything, and from initial screening and mammograms through secondary diagnostics, treatment, and survivorship. 800 women will receive follow-up and coordination and/or navigation of secondary diagnostics of abnormal findings, 3,000 mammograms will be carried out, 100 women under the age of 40 will be served by PN, and basic breast health education as appropriate.
Karen Mandel, Director of Care Coordination Programs
Peconic Bay Medical Center — $40,000
Taking Care of You
Under this program, a team comprised of nurses and bi-lingual lay navigators will work closely to assist our target population in overcoming the barriers they experience in accessing care. Key activities for this program focus on decreasing barriers for women who present with abnormal breast cancer screening results to complete their diagnostic services. It is projected that care plans will be created for 600 uninsured women needing services.
Maureen O’Connor, Director, Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County
631-548-6320 x 109
Project Renewal — $50,000
ScanVan provides mammograms and clinical breast exams (CBEs) at accessible community locations in all five boroughs and Suffolk County, as well as navigation for patients with abnormal screening results. ScanVan's primary focus is screening coordination, and their priorities are to: 1) promote access to screening for medically underserved women by coordinating screening dates with community organizations; 2) reduce barriers to screening by providing CBEs and mammograms to all patients at no cost; and 3) optimize patient health outcomes by providing navigation for patients with abnormal results. They aim to provide 4,000 CBEs and mammograms, and anticipate that 650 women will be required to follow up.
Nicole Scanlin, Development Director
212-620-0340 x 323
St. John's Riverside Hospital — $40,000
Yonkers Community Breast Health Program
St. John's program includes two key components: patient navigation and breast cancer education. Program outcomes include screenings and patient navigation for over 1,500 women. 800 of them will receive targeted education and 100 women will receive survivorship care plans. The program's outreach workers will provide education and access to early screening; navigators will enhance screening coordination, case management, and support services. Evidence-based measures will be documented through surveys, logs and medical records.
Shari Rosenberg, Manager of Patient Navigation
Staten Island University Hospital — $30,000
SIUH Breast Health Navigation Project
SIUH's breast health program carries out educational efforts that will increase awareness about the importance of screening and early detection, reaching approximately 2,900 women. Comprehensive patient navigation assistance will provide logistical, financial, and psychosocial supports to remove barriers to screening and care around 450 women. Both efforts will be advanced by our successful Ambassadors of Light Program, and "Project In-Reach," a new initiative targeting outpatient clinics. "Project In-Reach" will focus on 10 SIUH outpatient clinics (Primary Care, Med/GYN, OBGYN, Geriatrics, and Subspecialties) to serve the BHNP's target communities.
Susana Abreu, Breast Health Navigator
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center/ HHC — $30,000
Connecting Women to Breast Cancer Services
Funding to Woodhull's program goes to the funding of a patient navigator who can coordinate screenings and diagnostic processes. Key activities for Woodhull's patient navigation program include partnering with community providers to facilitate successful screening and diagnostic referrals by ensuring all providers follow the same guidelines. Navigator staff will coordinate services at Woodhull for women with screening and diagnostic appointments, and link women with breast cancer to care and support services. They anticipate an increased access to preventive and diagnostic screening, completion of treatment, and achieving survivorship among women 50+ and younger women at high risk can ultimately reducing breast cancer mortality.
Anthony Divittis, Associate Director

Support and Treatment

Gilda's Club Westchester — $10,000
Breast Cancer Support Services
Through this project, Gilda's Club Westchester will target low-income, African-American and Hispanic/Latina women who are in treatment or living with metastatic disease. The project will reach 800 women through bilingual, individual counseling with distress screening by phone or in-person, support groups and workshops that are for women of color and Spanish-speaking women, and intensive community outreach with bilingual/bicultural referral information.
Melissa Lang, CEO, Gilda's Club Westchester
God's Love We Deliver — $40,000
Nutritional Care for Women with Breast Cancer
This program will continue to provide individually tailored food and nutrition services for women and their families affected by breast cancer. Throughout the year, GLWD will cook and home-deliver 75,000 meals to approximately 300 clients.
Laura Bauer, Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations
Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization — $15,000
Fanm Admirab Breast Cancer Support
HACSO will conduct 26 weeks of bi-weekly support groups and 5 goal-oriented counseling sessions as well as monthly educational awareness seminars focusing on targeting low-income, immigrant women of Haitian descent with the goal of reaching at least 60 women living with breast cancer and connecting them to those services. Their goals are to decrease breast cancer mortality by addressing disparities, increasing access to quality and timely care, and/or outcomes through patient navigation.
Kurt Kannemeyer, Executive Director - HACSO, Inc.
Mount Sinai St. Luke's/ SHARE (Mount Sinai Health System) — $75,000
Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Program
This program provides patient navigation services in English and Spanish in all areas of breast care, including free diagnostic services and same-day biopsies, genetic counseling, survivor support groups, and Latina and African American community outreach. Over the course of the year, they plan to serve 200 women through 1 patient navigator.
Sandra Morales, Patient Care Liaison, Department of Breast Surgery
New York Legal Assistance Group, LegalHealth Division — $10,000
LegalHealth will provide representation, advice, and counsel to underserved women with breast cancer, including those with metastatic breast cancer. Clients will receive legal assistance in areas such as public benefits, housing, employment, immigration, advance directives, and custody planning. Over the course of the grant period, they plan to handle 26 legal matters for 14 women with breast cancer, train 25 cancer specialists, and provide education to over 100 individuals on the legal rights and options of cancer patients.
Alexander Bush, Grants & Data Coordinator
The Family Center — $50,000
Project Talk
Project Talk provides social and legal services to poor, largely minority women with breast cancer. PT plans to serve 50 women with breast cancer this year through ensuring comprehensive care, including linkage to high-quality medical care and clinical trials as appropriate, promoting emotional well-being, and stabilizing present and future housing, income and insurance coverage, as well as executing advance directives to ensure future care wishes are documented. 950 units of case management will be carried out.
Jan Hudis, Deputy Executive Director
718-230-1379 x 124
Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine — $15,000
BOLD Bedside Buddy Program
The BOLD program focuses on addressing the social isolation, uncertainty, and emotional distress affecting newly diagnosed breast cancer patients of all stages of disease in the Bronx through BOLD Buddy peer navigators. The BOLD Einstein team plans to expand the BOLD Bedside Buddy subprogram to a second Montefiore hospital site. They will train an additional 5 BOLD peer navigators to provide visits to at least 50 advanced stage breast cancer inpatients at Montefiore Medical Center.
Alyson Moadel, Director, Psychosocial Oncology/BOLD Program
Moving for Life — $5,000
Therapeutic Dance Series for Symptom Management
Moving For Life combines the positive psycho-social components of group exercise and dance that alleviate the discomforts of side-effects to treatment, while also promoting self-awareness, anatomical education and improved self-image. This program will provide 5 new MFL classes that help survivors in underserved neighborhoods to learn to use MFL exercises to alleviate specific symptoms of breast cancer treatment. Also, they aim to expand the engagement of at least 40 women from The Bronx, Kings County, Rockland and Westchester.
Martha Eddy, Founding Director
The Retreat Project — $6,640
Every Saturday for the past 16 years, The Retreat Project has offered a specialized yoga4cancer class for free to cancer survivors and patients. The Retreat Project will hold classes in three locations in New York City: Sacred Sounds Yoga Studio, Jewish Community Center , Mt Sinai - Dubin Center and Park Slope Yoga.
Josi Kytle, Partner / Managing Director
The Creative Center at University Settlement — $5,000
Hospital Art Workshops
The Creative Center develops programs, projects, exhibitions, and training seminars to sustain participants over the course of their diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. The Creative Center will provide four visual art workshops per year to breast cancer patients and survivors at three public New York City hospitals—Bellevue, Woodhull, and Kings County—and at Mount Sinai’s Dubin Breast Center, as part of their survivorship series.
Robin Glazer, Director


Gilda's Club NYC — $15,000
Support & Education for Underserved Immigrant Breast Cancer Patients
Gilda's Club plans to expand their current PN program of psychosocial support and education for Latina and Black breast cancer patients living in low-income, medically-underserved areas. PNs will inform breast cancer patients of Gilda's Club support services and recruit patients into educational activities, monthly support groups, and the bilingual Open to Options (O2O) program that assists patients in formulating questions and concerns with a bilingual resource guide. Number served is expected at 720 patients reached by the PN,40 attending the educational lectures, 80 participating in healthy lifestyle workshops & 15 O2Os.
Migdalia Torres, Executive Director, Program & Offsite Expansion
212-647-9700 x 244
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County — $50,000
Patient Navigation
Through the PN Project, PPNC plans to serve African American and Hispanic women over the age of 40 through education, navigation to free or low-cost screenings, and navigation for breast cancer patients in treatment. The project will serve 1,000 women with the expectation of increasing knowledge of and access to screenings, and improving breast cancer patients' retention in treatment. Expected outcomes will be measured by an increase in the number of women screened and in the number of patients who remain engaged in treatment.
Julianna Lombardi, Grants & Donor Communication Coordinator
Sharsheret — $15,000
New York Jewish Community Breast Cancer Education and Outreach Initiative
The Sharsheret Pink Shabbat program is designed to educate women and men about the increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer among Jewish families. Participants are educated with resources and information that empower them to proactively protect their health before diagnosis.
Dina Goldberg, Senior Development Associate