Organizations in Westchester and Rockland are among 27 groups that have been awarded grants by a New York City breast cancer education and advocacy foundation.
The Susan G. Komen organization awarded the grants to “provide breast health screening, treatment, education, outreach, and support services and clinical trials education and enrollment to uninsured, underinsured, ethnic minority, immigrant, LGBT and disabled residents in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties.”
Awards were made to:
Nyack Hospital, $74,995 for the Screening Coordination Program to 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. An estimated 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.
Chai Lifeline, $64,328 to provide psychosocial support for Orthodox Jewish and Hasidic breast cancer survivors and families. The program provides culturally sensitive social, emotional and financial services for up to 80 Orthodox Jewish women with breast cancer in Rockland, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Nassau. The program provides 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.
The YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, $49,731 for the YWCA Encore Plus Program which serves low income seniors, African-American, African of Caribbean descent, and Latina women across Westchester 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 for mammogram appointments and refer 400 women to free or low cost mammograms.
Open Door Family Medical Center, Ossining, $75,000 for the breast health program, which provides 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. 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 and patient navigation services.
Open Door was also awarded a $50,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to create programs to better integrate primary care and behavioral care among people with chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and depression.
St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, was awarded $75,000 for the Yonkers Community Breast Health Program which targets African-American and Hispanic women in Westchester who are medically underserved. 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.