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Collaborations in Kansas Lead to Increased Support for Recently Diagnosed Women

Early Detection Works, a BHOP grantee at United Methodist Mexican Ministries in Kansas has recently formed a partnership with local hospitals to support a new breast cancer support program. Located in Garden City, KS, the program will provide patient support, survivorship and navigation for patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Two nurse navigators will coordinate the St. Catherine Hospital program and provide supportive services to all patients pre- and post-treatment. Designed to support women between the ages of 40-64, the program helps uninsured women obtain a clinical breast exam, a mammogram and any additional diagnostic testing that may be needed. This new program has been a great resource for our community because it complements the work we do as a part of Early Detection Works and allows all women to continue receiving supportive services from the staff at St. Catherine's once she has received a diagnosis. Our program has future plans to collaborate with the breast cancer support program at St. Catherine's and we are currently coordinating several outreach and education events, particularly in western Kansas, to help educate uninsured women on to the importance of breast health. Our program has also developed a strong referral-focused relationship with the Breast Care Center in Hays, KS and they too have plans to collaborate around outreach with our Early Detection Works program and the Breast Care Center.

A Grantee's Perspective

Chenango Health Network has received grant funding from the NYS Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for many years. AVON BHOP support has enabled our agency to conduct our Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign, which motivates, encourages and supports hundreds of women who live in this rural upstate county to be screened for breast cancer and receive necessary treatment and support. Read More