Education and Outreach

Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc. — $15,000
Sisters United in Health
Sisters United in Health will help more than 5,000 medically-underserved women of color overcome barriers to care by linking them to the vital breast health education and screening services they both need and deserve. 225 women will receive a referral for a mammogram and/or clinical breast exam at a local CSP.
Angelica Medina, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator
(516) 877-4331
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.
Nila Lazarus, Director of Development
(866) 474-2774


Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc. — $60,000
The Open Door Family Medical Center Breast Health Program
The Open Door Family Medical Center intends to serve 5,000 low-income, predominantly minority, and often isolated undocumented women of Westchester County. This includes 2,000 women 21-40 years of age with education, Clinical Breast Exams, and patient navigation services as needed, and 3,000 women over age 40 with education, Clinical Breast Exams and patient navigation services for everything from initial screening and mammograms through secondary diagnostics, treatment, and survivorship.
Andrea Ruggiero, Project Director
(914) 502-1479
Independence Care System — $60,000
Patient Navigation Project for Women with Physical Disabilities
ICS will develop a Patient Navigation Tool based on their eight years of experience refining patient navigation processes for women with physical disabilities needing mammograms. It will integrate lessons learned, including how to assess a woman's functional limitations in advance of a mammogram; ensure the availability of adapted equipment and an accessible facility, address special transportation needs, and make reasonable accommodations.
Claire Abenante, Project Coordinator
(646) 653-6391
Long Island Jewish Medical Center — $60,000
LIJMC Cancer Community Connection
The Cancer Community Connection Program (CCCP) serves the regions of Southeast/Jamaica, Queens and Nassau County. The program works with a broad network of collaborators to reduce breast cancer mortality rates, particularly among African American women, through patient navigation services and increased screening rates through outreach and education, with a focus on Hispanic, South Asian, undocumented, and under/uninsured women.
Benjamin Maltz, Project Manager
(516) 321-6266
Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center — $60,000
Breast/Chest Cancer Screening Access Project (BCCSAP)
This NYC health center serves LGBTQ communities, regardless of ability to pay. Callen-Lorde is uniquely situated to provide culturally sensitive Breast/Chest Cancer Screening Access Project (BCCSAP) services for lesbian and bisexual women and individuals of transgender or gender non-conforming experience across the five boroughs of New York City. The BCCSAP plans to provide 2,000 CBEs, care coordination services for 500, 450 referrals, 250 supportive services and ensure 275 mammogram/CBEs.
Jodie Roberts-Chapman, Patient Navigator
(443) 867-2511
Peconic Bay Medical Center — $60,000
Taking Care of You
The “Taking Care of You” Program will provide uninsured women in Suffolk County with Patient Navigation assistance to ensure they complete their diagnostic and treatment services. Peconic Bay's target community is women 40 and older, medically underserved Hispanic, African American and immigrant populations. The Center will ensure 650 women complete their diagnostic services, 30 women diagnosed with breast cancer complete their treatment services and assist 10 women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer regardless of their insurance status.
Maureen O'Connor, Project Director
(631) 548-6321
Project Renewal — $60,000
ScanVan Mobile Mammography Program
Project Renewal provides mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams to medically underserved women age 40 and above at accessible community locations in all 5 boroughs and Suffolk County, as well as navigation for patients with abnormal screening results. The program aims to provide CBEs and mammograms to 4,000 low-income, minority women and ensures that 615 patients with abnormal results receive navigation.
Mary Solomon, Project Director
(631) 581-4171
St. John's Riverside Hospital — $60,000
Yonkers Community Breast Health Program
This comprehensive program includes two key components: screening coordination and outreach education for women in the medically underserved Yonkers community. The program aims to serve 3,000 individuals. The programs outreach workers will increase access to early screening and patient navigators will enhance screening coordination, case management and comprehensive support services.
Shari Rosenberg, Project Director
(914) 964-4327
Sapna NYC — $60,000
SABHA (South Asian Breast Health Action)
The goals of SABHA are to improve screening rates among South Asian women and provide breast health education. This project will recruit and develop Action Groups of 10- to 12 women to provide 1-to-1 education, leadership and outreach to 500-700 women. SAPNA provides culturally competent patient navigation services starting from identifying isolated women, setting up appointments, to providing transportation and translation at the van or clinics. SAPNA aims to target 216 women and retain 195 for the services for post-screening follow-up and support.
Promita Majumdar, Director of Health Programs
(718) 828-9772
Staten Island University Hospital — $60,000
Breast Health Navigation Program
Staten Island University Hospital's Breast Health Navigation Program will provide in-depth, culturally competent patient navigation services to targeted high-risk populations on Staten Island's north end. This area contains some of the most medically underserved, high-risk populations in the region. The Breast Health Navigation Program will recruit a minimum of 125 African American, Hispanic and undocumented women into screening and care. A bilingual Patient Navigator will be recruited to remove logistical, financial, emotional, and psychosocial barriers to screening and care for at least 200 women. The Program will reach 2,700 women with outreach/education on breast health and early detection.
Raimonda Clark, Associate Executive Director of Cancer Services
(718) 226-6463
New York Presbyterian Queens — $60,000
Building Bridges to Breast Health
New York Presbyterian Queens aims to reduce breast cancer mortality in the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities in high-priority areas in Queens. They will conduct community and one-on-one education about the importance of early and regular cancer screenings and connect individuals to community resources and support services that can mitigate potential barriers to testing and proper treatment.
Jacqueline Xouris, Project Director
(718) 670-2744
Woodhull Medical Center — $60,000
Connecting Women to Breast Health
This program will target African American and Hispanic women in the North Brooklyn area. Key activities include partnering with community providers to raise awareness about the need for early screening and to facilitate successful referrals. 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. Over time, the program anticipates an increased access to preventive and diagnostic screening among women 50+ and younger women at high risk in their communities.
Laurel Nadler, Community Manager
(718) 963-8607

Support and Treatment

The Family Center — $60,000
Project Talk
The Family Center's Project Talk program provides comprehensive legal and social services to poor, largely minority, women with breast cancer throughout NYC. These women and their families depend on the “safety net” for essentials, are often immigrants, and speak English poorly. Project Talk will serve 70 women with breast cancer and 30 family members. They will secure income and insurance coverage, prevent eviction, improve housing stability, execute legally viable permanency plans for minors/disabled adults and assist in increasing emotional resilience and coping skills.
Jan Hudis, Deputy Executive Director
(718) 230-1379 X124
Gilda's Club New York City — $15,000
Customized Cancer Support Program
Gilda's Club NYC will provide cancer support & education at Kings County Hospital & Queens Cancer Center, HHC facilities that serve low income & immigrant communities. A Gilda's Club Patient Navigator (PN) will recruit BC patients for the Customized Cancer Support Program, which includes a LCSW, a 4-part educational series and a monthly Spanish support group.
Migdalia Torres, Project Manager
(212) 647-9700
Gilda's Club Westchester — $15,000
Breast Cancer Support Services for Underserved Populations
Gilda's Club Westchester will provide psychosocial and educational support to women with breast cancer, especially underserved women, to strengthen their ability to cope with the challenges of breast cancer and improve the likelihood they will progress through the continuum of care. The program will provide one-one-one counseling in person or by phone, make available community-based support group opportunities, and to educate them about the availability of other no cost, bilingual support and educational resources.
Melissa Lang, Project Manager
(914) 644-8844
God's Love We Deliver — $60,000
Nutritional Care for Women Living with Breast Cancer
The Nutritional Care for Women with Breast Cancer Program supports clients and their families as the women recuperate from the disease and the debilitating effects of treatment. In the coming year, God's Love will cook and home-deliver at least 75,000 individually-tailored meals for at least 300 people in households affected by breast cancer. Individuals are eligible for the programs if their illnesses interfere with their ability to shop and cook for themselves.
Dorella Walters, Project Director
(212) 294-8100
Montefiore Medical Center — $15,000
BOLD Metta Program
The BOLD Buddy peer navigation program at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care serves communities in the Bronx. In the BOLD Metta Program, peer navigators will deliver Loving Kindness Meditation to metastatic breast cancer patients over one year. This initiative offers a novel model for addressing psychosocial needs of underserved cancer patients.
Evelyn Kolidas, Project Manager
(718) 920-5812
Mount Sinai St. Luke's-Roosevelt/SHARE — $75,000
Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Program
The Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Program serves women at greatest risk with poor access to care across New York City. Target communities are uninsured and underinsured Latina and African American women, among the largest providers to Medicaid and uninsured patients in NY State. In partnership with SHARE, Mount Sinai provides patient navigator services in English and Spanish in all areas of breast care: radiology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation and survivorship; free diagnostic services and same-day biopsies; and Latina and African American survivor support groups and community outreach, including free breast screening and genetic counseling and immediate access to continuum of care. They will address: high risk screening, support services for late-stage disease patients, cultural barriers, including limited English language proficiency, poor experiences in the health system and financial obstacles (poverty, low levels of education and unemployment).
Jennie Santiago, Co-Director, LatinaSHARE
(212) 937-5585
New York University School of Medicine — $60,000
Genetic Counseling for Underserved Women
The Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program (The Welters Program) in the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center, addresses the needs of medically underserved communities of color throughout the five boroughs of New York City by combining grassroots community outreach with tailored patient navigation from screening, through diagnosis and into treatment. High risk and newly diagnosed women seen at Bellevue, NYU Lutheran Hospital and referred by Welters navigators will receive genetic counseling.
Anita McFarlane, Program Manager
(212) 263-2133