Grant Recipients

Komen Greater NYC funds community-based programs that provide breast health, screening and treatment services to underserved women in metropolitan New York. It also provides grants for national and local cutting-edge research aimed at finding the cures for breast cancer.

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2012 Komen Greater NYC
Grant Recipients


    2012 Community Breast Health Grantees (CBH)

    Education and Outreach

    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
    Breast Education and Screening Together Project (BEST)

    Offers breast cancer outreach, education, screening, and case management services to Chinese American women, targeting low income, uninsured or underinsured linguistically-isolated Chinese American women over 40. (Manhattan and Brooklyn)

    Lin Liu
    Health Educator
    (212) 966-0228



    Flushing Hospital Medical Center
    Breast Screening Services for Chinese, Korean, and South Asian Women

    Provides breast health outreach, education and clinical screening targeting uninsured and underinsured Chinese, Korean and South Asian women. (Queens)

    Maria Young Park
    Breast Health Care Coordinator
    (718) 670-5754



    Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
    Caribbean Breast Health Outreach and Education Project

    Offers outreach, education, mammography, screening coordination and case management services to medically underserved women aged 40 and older. (Brooklyn)

    Joyce Leiz
    Director, Development
    (718) 604-5479



    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    AMBER - Arab American Breast Cancer Education and Referral Program

    Provides culturally appropriate education and screening coordination for Arab-American immigrant women. (Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn)

    Claudia Ayash
    Program Director
    (646) 888-0083



    Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc.
    Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud

    Offers breast health education and access to breast cancer screening to uninsured and undocumented African-American and Latina women. (Long Island)

    Angelica Medina
    Bilingual Outreach Coordinator
    (516) 877-4331 



    St. Barnabas Hospital
    Breast Health Education and Screening Coordination

    Provides outreach, screening and follow-up support for poor and ethnic minority women who have a history of being medically underserved. (Bronx)

    Arlene Rivera
    Specialty Case Manager
    (718) 960-3931



    United Cerebral Palsy of New York City
    UCP of NYC Breast Health Awareness Program for Women with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

    Offers education, outreach, and screening coordination for women with physical and intellectual disabilities in underserved neighborhoods of the five boroughs of New York City with a focus on Staten Island. (New York City)

    Michele Quigley
    Director of Research and New Initiatives
    (212) 683-6700 ext. 396



    YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
    Encore Plus Program

    Provides culturally sensitive education, screening coordination and follow-up services for uninsured and undocumented Latina, African-American and Caribbean women. (Westchester County)

    Marissa Mais
    Program Coordinator
    (914) 428-1130 ext. 306



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    Screening Coordination

    The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital
    Screening Coordination Program

    Provides breast health education, screening and diagnostic treatment and support services to medically underserved women with a focus on reducing breast cancer mortality in medically underserved women 40 years of age and older. (Rockland County)

    Helen Rock
    Administrative Director
    (845) 348-8569



    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
    Breast/Chest Cancer Screening Access Project

    Offers targeted education and screening coordination for underserved and at-risk lesbian/bisexual (LB) women and individuals of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) experience. (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens)

    Amelia Ruggieri
    Women’s Health Care Coordinator
    (212) 271-7201



    Independence Care System
    Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities

    Coordinates breast health screening and educational workshops for women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a nonprofit Medicaid-managed long-term care program. (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan)

    Anna Martinez
    Project Coordinator
    (718) 907-1614



    Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)
    New Beginning for Healthy Women

    Offers culturally and linguistically appropriate screening coordination and breast health education to uninsured or underinsured Asian women, focusing on the Korean community. (New York City)

    Haneul Jeon
    Community Health Educator
    (212) 463-9685



    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    LIJMC Cancer Community Connection

    Addresses breast health disparities among medically underserved women in Southeast Queens and Jamaica (a community comprised predominantly of African Americans as well as Hispanic, Asian, uninsured, and undocumented women) by providing educational, psychosocial, logistical, and financial support. (Queens)

    Margaret Hegarty
    Cancer Services Program Nurse Practitioner
    (718) 470-4165



    Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.
    Breast Health Education, Outreach, and Case Management Program

    Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate education, screening and diagnostic services, as well as treatment, for low-income, often undocumented women of color attending Open Door clinics. (Westchester County)

    Francia Ortiz
    Patient Advocacy Supervisor
    (914) 666-3272 ext. 4430



    Peconic Bay Medical Center Central Suffolk Hospital
    Taking Care of You

    Offers culturally and linguistically appropriate patient navigation and access to breast health screenings, treatment, support services and education to Latina, African-American and Polish women. (Suffolk County)

    Michelle Cheltenham
    Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
    (631) 548-6322



    Project Renewal, Inc.
    The ScanVan Program: Mobile Breast Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation for Medically Underserved Women

    Provides breast health education, screening, and patient navigation to medically underserved ethnic minority women, new immigrants, the homeless and uninsured and underinsured onboard its ScanVan mobile mammography clinic. (New York City)

    Mary Solomon
    (631) 581-4171



    Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention
    Capacity Building for Breast Health Patient Navigation, Appointment Compliance & Outreach Education 

    Offers patient navigation, as well as outreach and education, to improve access to breast cancer screening among low-income, uninsured and underinsured women. (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County)

    Jessica Carlo
    Registration Supervisor
    (212) 987-1777 



    St. John’s Riverside Hospital
    Yonkers Community Breast Health Initiative

    Provides education, outreach and screening services targeted to uninsured and undocumented Latina and African-American women in Yonkers. (Westchester County)

    Shari Rosenberg
    Patient Navigator
    (914) 964-4769 



    William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Ryan-NENA Site
    Lower East Side Breast Health Program

    Offers uninsured and underinsured women, regardless of immigration status, with culturally and linguistically competent breast cancer services including outreach and in-reach education, breast health education workshops and screening coordination services. (Midtown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan)

    Kathy Gruber
    Executive Director, Ryan-NENA
    (212) 477-8868  



    Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center
    Connecting Women to Screening & Diagnostic Services: A Patient Navigator/Community Outreach Approach

    Provides outreach, education, and screening services to low-income, uninsured and undocumented ethnic minority women age 40 and older in North Brooklyn with the goal of increasing screenings and connecting women to treatment. (Brooklyn)

    Matrid T. Harper, FACHE
    Sr. Assoc. Director Ambulatory Care
    (718) 486-2747



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    Support and Treatment

    Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program
    Providing Support Services to Underserved Minority Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    Offers psychosocial support and counseling services to underserved ethnic minority women with breast cancer and their families. Services include bilingual individual and family counseling, as well as financial, transportation and food support services. (Nassau County)

    Hillary Rutter, LCSW
    (516) 877-4313



    The Brooklyn Hospital Center
    Navigating Women Through Breast Cancer Treatment at an Underserved Community Hospital

    Provides support for women with breast cancer from diagnosis to completion of treatment and beyond, providing education, referrals and services. Patients are primarily racial and ethnic minorities, who are low-income and have low and limited literacy. (Brooklyn)

    Sandra Kisiel
    Administrator, Department of Internal Medicine
    (718) 250-6960



    Comprehensive Financial Assistance Program for Women with Breast Cancer

    Offers education and outreach, focused psychosocial support (including counseling, education, and referrals), and financial assistance for women being treated for breast cancer. (New York City)

    Jane Levy
    Director of Patient Assistance Programs
    (212) 712-8356



    Chai Lifeline, Inc.
    Psychosocial and Financial Support for Orthodox Jewish Women Living with Breast Cancer

    Provides culturally sensitive psychosocial support, transportation to medical appointments, kosher meals and daily living assistance to Orthodox Jewish women with breast cancer. (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Rockland County, and Long Island)

    Cheryl Greenberger, Ph.D.
    Director of Clinical and Family Services
    (212) 699-6634



    Chemo Comfort
    Complimentary Chemo Comfort Kits for Breast Cancer Patients

    Provides underserved, underinsured, minority, low-income cancer patients with kits of products that manage the side effects of chemotherapy, e.g. mouth sores, hair loss, and nausea. (New York City, Westchester County)

    Anne Marie Paolucci
    Founder and President
    (212) 675-3744



    City Bar Justice Center
    Cancer Advocacy Project

    Provides free legal advice and assistance to uninsured, underinsured and low-income breast cancer patients and survivors, and their families, on life (estate) planning, medical insurance appeals and cancer-related workplace discrimination. CAP also conducts community presentations and workshops for organizations, medical facilities and support groups. (New York City)

    Vivienne Duncan, Esq.
    Project Director
    (212) 382-6601



    The Family Center
    Project Talk: Legal and Social Services for Breast Cancer-Affected Families

    Offers legal and social services for uninsured or underinsured African- American, Latina and Caribbean women with breast cancer and their families. Services include psychosocial support and guardianship planning for children. (Brooklyn and Bronx)

    Rebecca Kim.
    Project Talk Director
    (212) 766-4522



    Gilda’s Club New York City
    On-site Support for Underserved Minorities in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan, and Brooklyn

    Provides access to free psychosocial support, psycho-educational workshops, lectures and weekly support groups (in English and Spanish) for underserved minority women living with breast cancer in the communities where they live. (Southeast Bronx, Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn)

    Migdalia Torres
    Executive Director of Program and Satellite Expansion
    (212) 647-9700



    God’s Love We Deliver
    Nutritional Care for Women with Breast Cancer

    Offers targeted outreach, customized meals, and ongoing nutritional assessments and education to women being treated for breast cancer and their families. (New York City)

    Dorella Walters
    Senior Director of Program Services
    (212) 294-8123



    Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
    Breast Cancer Center Patient Navigation Program

    Provides a mechanism for tracking, educating and providing case management services to women diagnosed with breast cancer, regardless of their insurance status or age. (South Bronx)

    Elithea Maysonet
    Assistant Director, Cancer Outreach Department
    (718) 579-5854



    Nassau /Suffolk Law Services
    Permanency Legal Assistance Needs (PLAN) Project

    Offers legal services to breast cancer survivors and their families. Assists them with housing, family and consumer debt problems, advance directives, health care proxies, wills and guardianships. (Long Island)

    Victoria Osk
    Managing Attorney
    (631) 232-2400



    New York Legal Assistance Group
    LegalHealth Breast Cancer Advocacy Project

    Provides free legal services for low-income and medically underserved women with breast cancer and trains cancer specialists on the legal issues affecting their patients. (New York City)

    NYLAG Intake Line
    (212) 584-3360



    Richmond University Medical Center
    Breast Health Patient Navigator Enhancements

    Coordinates healthcare services for medically underserved, low-income African-American, Latina and Caucasian women with suspicious findings and breast cancer diagnoses to ensure successful treatment completion, reduce disparities in care and improve outcomes. (Staten Island)

    Nancy Bommer RN, MS.
    Breast Health Patient Navigator



    St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center-SHARE
    Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Program

    Offers uninsured or underinsured women receiving breast cancer treatment at St. Luke’s the joint support of a patient navigator and a breast cancer survivor-patient navigator. (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens)

    Jennie Santiago
    Bi-Lingual Survivor Patient Navigator
    (212) 937-5585



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    Columbia University Medical Center
    Minority Recruitment and Outreach for Breast Cancer Clinical Research

    Improves outreach, recruitment, and retention of ethnic minority patients for breast cancer clinical trials, while surveying them on the barriers to enrollment. This is the second year of a two-year grant.

    Dr. Victor Grann
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, & Health Policy Management
    (212) 305-9529



    Montefiore Medical Center
    Education and Navigation to Support Participation in Cancer Research: The PRISM Program

    Provides education and navigation to support enrollment of Montefiore breast cancer patients in clinical trials and other research. The Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care serves a population markedly underrepresented in therapeutic trials — 32 percent are African-American, 52 percent are Latina and 31 percent live at or below the poverty level. This is the second year of a two-year grant.

    Ingrid Gomez, LCSW
    Social Worker/Community Support Guide
    (718) 920-7171




    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    PRIME (Promoting Immigrant Minority Equity in Cancer Research)

    Increases enrollment of ethnic minorities in cancer observational studies and clinical research, targeting Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese and English-speaking immigrants from the five New York City boroughs with a focus in Queens and Manhattan. This is the first year of a two-year grant.

    Julia Ramirez
    Project Coordinator