Dear Avon BHOP Grantees, 
Spring brings change and change brings growth!  The Coordinating Center for the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is constantly trying to grow and improve how we do business, and 2015 has brought several changes.
First, we have improved the quarterly data reporting requirements by adding more process and outcome elements, such as linkages to care, stages of diagnosis and patient navigation services.  By quantifying services and quality of care delivered to your clients, we hope to demonstrate the positive impact of your efforts to reach women in need of breast cancer services.
Next, we have also instituted a more formal response to our quarterly review of your reports by sending a summary of your progress towards reaching the key performance measures that we have established, as well as possible identification of issues that need to be addressed.   Let us know how useful you find these summary reports. 
And finally, we are moving rapidly into electronic data reporting!  With the recent distribution of 28 more iPads, we now have 85% of BHOP grantees who are either using iPads or electronic data file transmission to submit some or all of their Client Intake Form (CIF) data!!  The trees say “thank you”!
Thank you for all your hard work!  We are so proud to be your partner.  Let us know if there is more that we can do to assist in your continued success.
The Avon Team 
“Change is the end result of all true learning.”  Leo Buscaglia 


The Center for Effective Philanthropy's selected several agencies to interview for their report titled, "Assessing to Achieve High Performance: What Nonprofits are Doing and How Foundations Can Help." This report provided an overview of the importance of and use of data collection and whether nonprofit agencies are supported adequately by Foundation. One of the agencies that was selected was our grantee, the YWCA of North Orange County. In their interview, the YWCA addressed the support and collaboration needed between funders and their grantees in determining what data is collected and how the information is then used. The report assessed the effectiveness of the support of foundations when funding non profits to gather and effectively utilize data and also looked at out the non profit agencies allocate resources and use the information to inform, educate and direct their services. To read the report, click here.

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For the past few weeks Carolyn Ricci and Dr. Marc Hurlbert from the Avon Foundation has been on the road in the U.S., holding events at new beneficiaries to help spread the news of our partnerships. Here are the "new" 2015 BHOP grantees!

  • Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ received $26,000 to help uninsured women access breast health education and screening.
  • Cancer Resource Center of the Desert in El Centro, CA received $30,000 to provide psychosocial support for Latina women living with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Samaritan House in San Mateo, CA received $30,000 to provide culturally competent breast health education and prevention services to Spanish-speaking women.
  • Cancer & Chronic Disease Consortium in El Paso, TX received $35,000 to link women with free screening mammograms, clinical breast exams and follow-up services as needed, and provide breast health and breast cancer risk-reduction education.
  • YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade in Miami, FL received $40,000 to support a program to eliminate inequalities in healthcare experienced by many minority women in Miami Dade County.   

Inspiring Initiatives 

PATIENT NAVIGATION - In January 2015, Mandi Chapman-Pratt from George Washington Cancer Institute presented a wonderful webinar on the Core Competencies of Patient Navigation to the Avon Foundation community. Mandi noted that George Washington Cancer Institute provides online training via its Online Academy. Currently, there is a course available (the Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship) that is about building a patient navigation program. A new program entitled Oncology Patient Navigator Training, available at the end of May, will reinforce core competencies established for the profession.

PATIENT EDUCATION - They have an App for that! A unique iPhone app recently introduced is the basis for a research study that will allow participants and researchers to create better, more effective strategies to enhance breast cancer patients' quality of life. This new app can help women track the physical, mental, and emotional after-effects of breast cancer treatment. For more details click here.

Committed to the Cause

AVON39 - The 2015 Avon Walk ads began earlier this year with a new look and message. Your participation in these events is vitally important to the continued funding of Avon Foundation breast health programs. Please do your part!

Here is the schedule of the 2015 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer:

  • Houston April 25-26
  • Washington, DC May 2-3
  • Boston May 16-17
  • Chicago June 6-7
  • San Francisco July 11-12
  • Santa Barbara September 12-13
  • New York October 17-18

For more information on Walk 39, click here.

THE MARKETPLACE - Also, as quick reminder we still have our Marketplace on the website. This is a spot where creative grantees can show off their wares and support their own Breast cancer services. If you are interested in purchasing an item maybe for Mother's Day and supporting a good cause, please take a look on our website, on our Resources page, under Marketplace. If you are interested in showing some of your own items there is a product submission form in the upper left corner. We'd love to share some of the creativity your agency has nurtured.