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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2014 Komen Greater NYC
Grant Recipients


    2014 Community Breast Health Grants (CBH)

    Education and Outreach

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

    AMBER will provide early detection and treatment services for low-screened Arab-American women in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island via culturally sensitive education, screening, coordination, and treatment support. They will educate 1350 women and 100 teens through workshops and events, screen 250 patients, provide patient navigation and support services to 20 women, and refer women without insurance to the NYS Cancer Services Programs.

    Claudia Ayash, Program Director
    (646) 888-4245



    YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester
    YWCA Encore Plus Program

    The YWCA Encore Plus Program serves low income seniors, African-American, African of Caribbean descent, and Latina women across Westchester County with a focus on those over age 50 who are under-insured or un-insured. Encore Plus will reach out to and educate a total of 3,500 women - 2,500 of those at workshops and 1,000 at health fairs, food pantries, and senior centers. YWCA staff will also conduct reminders by phone and mail for 400 women to assist in timely mammogram appointments and refer 400 women to free or low cost mammograms.

    Marissa Mais, Program Coordinator
    (914) 428-1130 X306





    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Increasing Minorities' Breast Cancer Screenings

    The Witness Project of Harlem (WPH) and Esperanza y Vida (EyV) are culturally sensitive and ethnically targeted breast health education programs for African-American and Latina women residing in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. They will provide navigation services for 214 unscreened women from these programs and for 150 women to complete their screenings through providers. They will ensure women remain in the continuum of care by providing follow up appointments to 45 women from a screening provider.

    Karent Zorogastua, Project Director
    (212) 824-7806



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

    The program coordinates awareness and access to breast cancer screening for women with physical disabilities by providing 90 mammograms (45 initial and 45 annual), educational workshops, navigation and support services for women in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.  They will educate 300 women through one-on-one breast health education, reach 25 women at a workshop held in the Bronx office, and reach 100 women at the fifth annual Women’s Wellness Conference. Additionally, they will train 50 staff members in physical disability awareness/sensitivity.

    Anna Martinez, Project Coordinator
    (718) 907-1614



    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    LIJMC Cancer Community Connection

    The program addresses breast health disparities for African American and Hispanic women in southeast and Jamaica, Queens via culturally sensitive outreach and education activities that promote education, awareness, and access to breast health screening by utilizing Community Breast Health Ambassadors. Screening and outreach education will reach 2,750 individuals through community events/health fairs and 400 women through small group workshops/individual sessions. They will also provide financial support to 150 women; logistical support to 200 women; and psychosocial support to 100 women to improve screening rates and lower mortality rates.

    Kaitlin Doyle, Health Educator
    (718) 470-4034



    Maimonides Breast Center
    Arab American Breast Health Education and Screening (AABHES) Program

    Targeted to women age 40 and over in Brooklyn, the AABHES Program’s goals include increasing breast health knowledge for 300 women (200 through educational workshops and 100 through one-on-one breast health education), increasing breast cancer screenings for 100 Arab American women, and providing navigation services for 32 women by providing childcare and transport assistance.

    Lohren Dyer, Nurse Patient Navigator
    (718) 765-2578



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

    The BCCSAP Program seeks to improve breast/chest cancer screening in the LGBT community for underserved and at-risk lesbian/bisexual women and individuals of transgender and gender non-conforming experience in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. They will provide screening coordination services through providing 2,800 individuals with clinical breast exams (CBE), 250 individuals with a CBE and mammogram, and care coordination services to 350 clients. Additional support services include reminder phone calls to 600 clients, 100 referrals to transportation services, 25 referrals to translation services, and 225 referrals to support services.

    Amelia Ruggieri, Women's Case Manager
    (212) 271-7201



    Nyack Hospital
    Screening Coordination Program

    The Screening Coordination Program will partner with the Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley to provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostic, treatment and support services to medically underserved women. They will focus on reducing disparities in Hispanic/Latina, Haitian, and African-American women aged 40 and older, residing in Rockland and Westchester Counties. 750 clients will be provided with breast cancer detection services that include mammography, clinical breast exams, assessment and education in addition to providing patient navigation services to 250 clients.

    Luisa Lopez, RN, Patient Navigator
    (845) 348-8503



    Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.
    Open Door Breast Health Program

    They provide culturally appropriate support services that facilitate access to education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Hispanic women and low-income, and often undocumented women of Westchester County. They project to serve 3,000 women in the age range of 21 to 40 and 3,000 women ages 40 and over with education, CBEs, and patient navigation services.

    Liana Fixell, Coordinator of Special Programs
    (914) 502-1374



    Peconic Bay Medical Center
    Taking Care of You

    The goals of the program are to increase compliance with recommended guidelines for breast cancer screening and to promote early detection of breast cancer in Hispanic, African American and immigrant women 40 years of age and older in Suffolk County. 1,485 enrolled from the Cancer Services Program will complete their breast cancer screenings, 698 women will be referred to a bi-lingual patent navigator for assistance, and 30 women diagnosed with breast cancer will receive financial support and patient navigation services.

    Maureen O'Connor, Program Director
    (631) 548-6321



    Project Renewal
    ScanVan Mobile Mammography Program

    ScanVan's mission is to increase access to breast healthcare among medically underserved women age 40 and older in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Suffolk County by providing breast cancer screenings and patient navigation. 250 mobile mammography screening events will be held to reach 5,000 individuals and will also provide no cost CBEs to 5,000 medically underserved women. 750 individuals with abnormal screening results will be provided navigation and 15 individuals diagnosed with breast cancer will be connected to appropriate treatment.

    Mary Solomon, Scan Van Director
    (631) 581-4171



    Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Gotham Health, NYCHHC
    Improved and Expanded Breast Cancer Screening with Breast Navigator - Healthy Breast Program

    The program serves immigrant and undocumented individuals in the Bronx, predominantly African-American and Hispanic women. The goals are to improve screening coordination for new patients (15% of the 240 women who receive mammograms will be receiving one for the first time) and uninsured (at least 30% of the 240 women who receive mammograms will be uninsured). They will also increase the up-to-date screening rate for hard-to-reach women who are underserved and uninsured.

    Peggy Hyman, Public Health Educator
    (718) 579-4019



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

    The target population includes African-American and Hispanic minority women in Westchester County who are underserved and uninsured. Culturally sensitive community health outreach workers will collaborate with community and faith-based organizations to encourage screening for 2,000 women of color through 80 presentations. 1,000 women educated in the community about the importance of screenings and early detection will be tracked and clinical navigators will coach 100 women on treatment management and survivorship services.

    Cheray Burnett, Project Coordinator
    (914) 964-4769



    Ryan-NENA Community Health Center
    LES Breast Health Program

    The LES Breast Health Program will target African-American and Hispanic women, as well as undocumented and uninsured women in Manhattan. The program will serve 900 women through case management, patient navigation, and coordination of CBEs, mammograms, and diagnostic services. 1,400 CBEs and 775 mammograms will be provided. The program will educate women on breast health, reaching 325 women through 50 breast health workshops, 2,600 women through in-reach and outreach events, and 500 women through one-on-one education.

    Renee Chapman, Coordinator, Cancer Screening Services
    (212) 477-8834



    Westchester Square Partnership (Sapna NYC)
    SABHA (South Asian Breast Health Action)

    The goals of the project are to improve screening rates among South Asian women and provide breast health education in the Bronx and Queens. Education outreach includes 350 women through five events, 70 women through classes and workshops, and a minimum of 200 women receiving one-on-one education. 200 women over 40 will be referred for screening on mobile vans, 216 women will be screened on mobile vans, and 200 women will receive both CBEs and mammograms. Patient navigation support includes assisting 200 women for screening, accompanying 216 women for visits, and translating for 216 women. 205 women will be followed-up and 196 will receive test result interpretations.

    Moumita Zaman, Director of Outreach and Advocacy
    (718) 828-9772




    Support and Treatment

    Chai Lifeline
    Psychosocial support for Orthodox Jewish Survivors and Families

    This program provides culturally sensitive social, emotional and financial services for up to 80 Orthodox Jewish mothers as well as Chassidic and Charedi (Ultra-Orthodox communities) women with breast cancer in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Nassau, and Rockland County. The program provides 400 units of transportation for health care access, 500 kosher meals, $15,000 in subsidies to reimburse for co-pays and deductibles, 400 cases of management/patient navigation in health care and social services. A Women’s Healing Retreat, interactive teleconferences, and a pilot program will be carried out in the grant year.

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



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

    The primary focus of the BEST program is to ameliorate cultural barriers by targeting low-income, Chinese American women ages 40 and over that reside in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Adequate breast health care and social and emotional support/treatment will be promoted through a monthly cancer support group for 35 women, breast health workshops for 40 women, and a media campaign to reach 200 women to increase awareness of cancer screening services.

    Emily Wong, Program Manager
    (212) 966-0228



    Chemo Comfort
    Breast Cancer Kit Donation Program

    The volunteer-run organization assists cancer patients with 16-item kits to manage the side effects of chemotherapy. This support program is expected to serve approximately 265 women across a large geographic scope of Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester County. The donated Chemo Comfort kits will assist underserved, underinsured, minority women and promote cultural sensitivity by translating kit literature for Asian and Hispanic populations.

    Anne Marie Paolucci, Founder
    (212) 675-3744



    The Family Center
    Project Talk (PT)

    Project Talk will integrate legal and social services for 85 women with breast cancer and 70 family members with a geographic focus on Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island for underinsured minority women of African-American and Hispanic populations. Attorneys will prepare legal directives for 72 women with breast cancer for up-to-date advance directives, assist in housing and benefits for 50 women, and provide legal permanency plans for 26 minor children.

    Rebecca Kim, Social Services Supervisor
    (718) 230-1379 X143



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

    The program supports breast cancer patients with nutritious, medically appropriate meals and nutrition education by serving mostly African-American and Hispanic populations residing in Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties. Registered dietitians will educate 200 breast cancer clients and families for unique nutrition requirements through individual counseling and 100 people through nutrition education workshops. The program will underwrite 6,900 meals for 400 breast cancer patients and their families and ten percent of a registered dietician’s salary.

    Dorella Walters, Senior Director of Program Services
    (212) 294-8100



    Montefiore Medical Center
    Ambulatory Oncology Registered Dietitian for Breast Cancer Service

    The program will serve 1,200 predominantly Hispanic breast cancer patients in the Bronx by providing   individualized nutrition counseling, group workshops, cooking demonstrations, and referrals to community food organizations. The Registered Dietitian will provide individualized and group counseling on nutrition and side effects for 600 breast cancer patients and the relationship between diet and cancer risk for 1000 patients.

    Barbara Binder
    (718) 920-5286



    Nassau/Suffolk Law Services
    Permanency Legal Assistance Needs Project

    The project will provide legal services to African-American women and low-income minorities with breast cancer in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, especially the underserved in the East End of Long Island. Legal assistance will be provided in a wide range of civil matters, with the following aims in view: 1) Secure the client's income and address issues of consumer and medical debt; 2) Assure the client's access to health care; 3) Prevent loss of housing; 4) Address family stability and domestic violence issues; 5) Assist with future planning, including advance directives, health care proxies, wills and guardianships. The project will serve 75 persons with breast cancer with priority to low income persons.

    Victoria Osk, Managing Attorney
    (631) 232-2400 X3329



    New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
    LegalHealth Breast Cancer Advocacy Project

    The program brings integrated legal services for low-income, medically underserved African-American, Hispanic, and immigrant populations residing in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau County who are unable to afford private attorneys. They expect to handle 200 legal cases for breast cancer and train 125 cancer specialists on legal needs of patients and making referrals. They will outreach to the public on legal rights/options to 700 individuals through seminars.

    Debra Wolf, Supervising Attorney
    (212) 613-5082



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

    The focus of the program is to educate medically-underserved women of color in Nassau and Suffolk Counties about breast health and link them to screenings. Through breast health educators, 5,000 women will be educated via workshops, outreach events, and one-to-one education. 195 women will be referred to and followed up through the screening process. By the end of the grant period, 100 women will receive either a mammogram or CBE.

    Angelica Medina, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator
    (516) 877-4331



    Richmond University Medical Center
    Patient Navigation: Collapsing the Barriers

    The program will provide culturally sensitive services to the underserved African-American and Hispanic population of Staten Island 40 years of age and older by providing access to those with language, economic, social, or psychological barriers.150 women will receive navigation services during diagnosis and treatment through approximately 300 services. 100 individuals will receive psychosocial assessment of distress and referral to community resources.

    Jennifer Guinta, Mental Health Counselor
    (718) 818-1024



    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospitals/SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer, Inc.
    Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Program

    The BCCCP’s focus is on support and treatment for Hispanic and Asian women in Manhattan. Comprehensive care to women at all stages of their journey with breast cancer will be provided, including an array of services, from education through community outreach events to patient navigation. The goal to increase survivorship will be supplemented through reaching 150 individuals through support groups and educational workshops and timely diagnosis of needle biopsy procedures.

    Jennie Santiago, LatinaSHARE Co-Director, SPN
    (212) 937-5585






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

    PRIME’s goal is to increase immigrant enrollment in cancer studies and research by targeting Spanish, Mandarin, English, and Russian-speaking immigrants in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The research focus will be on biospecimens and personalized breast cancer treatment. PRIME aims to educate 300 women through workshops and online, enroll 150 women into breast cancer research, educate 30 providers, and educate all participating Institutional Review Boards.

    Claudia Ayash, Program Director
    (646) 888-4245