THE SUMMER ROAD TRIP - ONSITE VISITS
This summer the Avon BHOP team will be visiting 10 of our 52 grantees – some of them for the first time! Below are highlights of the agencies and our visits to them.
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center – New York, NY
Located in the lower west side of New York City, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, established in 1971. This organization ensures that all members of the community—regardless of ability to pay—are provided with quality, comprehensive and culturally effective primary healthcare. The goal of Project H.O.P.E. is to improve knowledge and access to breast health resources within the Asian American community, with a special emphasis on the Chinese American community through a series of culturally competent and linguistically sensitive activities. Project H.O.P.E. will promote breast cancer awareness through outreach, a breast health panel targeting the Chinese American community to raise awareness on ethnic-specific barriers to screening and treatment, link women to low or no-cost screening services, assess training needs of staff in the areas of breast health, and develop and/or revise health education materials to add topics of increasing relevance to Asian American women.
Coffee County Family Services – Enterprise AL
The Coffee County Family Services Center was created in 1998 to work with low income and at-risk families to assist them with resources that impact health, education and stability, and has been an Avon BHOP grantee since 2000. Judy Crowley is the Executive Director and Evon Alvin is an educator and outreach worker. Additional staff include social workers, counselors, an intern and numerous volunteers who work on literacy, home visits, parenting grand parent support and home visits. Agency staff provide outreach to domestic violence shelters, jails and rehab, and are able to reach many of the most vulnerable and needy clients in their area. Ms. Alvin has developed a very successful outreach program in African American churches and maintains a strong presence at local educational events where they are able to offer free and low cost mammography.
Latino Community Development Agency – Oklahoma City, OK
In 1991 Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) was established as a program of Neighborhood Services Organization. This organization provides nutrition education services, HIV education and prevention services, maternal infant early childhood home visits, 4H Summer programs, child abuse prevention programs, immunization programs, behavioral and mental health programs for children, substance abuse programs for adolescents, bilingual translation programs reduction of sexual and intimate partner violence programs as well as their breast and cervical health screening program.
In 2014, the staff and volunteers at the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) served children, youth and adults in their community through 114,000 encounters. Through their 25 programs, the LCDA aims at nurturing positive Latino cultural values such as a cohesive family lifestyle, strong work ethic, spirituality and perseverance and reaching toward the goals of economic self sufficiency, higher levels of education and positive participation in society.
Mammography Voucher Program – St. Petersburg, FL
Founded and directed by Sherrl Fry, the Mammography Voucher Program (MVP) has provided comprehensive, case-managed breast health services to low-income, uninsured / underinsured women in Pinellas County since 2000. The program is not funded by county, state, or federal sources and relies on grants that are written each year to the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund and the Pinellas Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliate, and donated services from health facilities and professional providers. For the 15th consecutive year the Mammography Voucher Program (MVP) has secured contracts from Morton Plant Mease Health Care, St. Anthony's Hospital, and numerous professional medical service providers who agree to provide in-kind breast health screening services, accept greatly reduced rates for additional diagnostic exams and procedures, and provide breast cancer treatment to anyone screened and diagnosed through MVP is not eligible for Medicaid.
Women enrolled in the Mammography Voucher Program are guaranteed access to the services necessary to screen, diagnose, and treat breast cancer. Each year the program secures contracts from area non-profit health systems and professional physicians (radiologists, pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists, anesthesiologists, and surgeons) affiliated with the health systems to provide in-kind mammograms and accept reduced reimbursement rates (50% of the allowable Medicare Rate) for any diagnostic exams and procedures required after the screenings. These screenings, additional diagnostic exams, and treatment are provided to at no cost to the client. MVP staff coordinates all the appointments and provides authorizations / payment for services. More importantly, these contracts ensure that participants of the program who are diagnosed with breast cancer who are not eligible for Medicaid will receive breast cancer treatment by the health system and medical providers who have contractually agreed to participate with MVP.
Sherryl Fry, Director of Mammography Voucher Program with Angela Gregory, Patient Navigator, St. Anthony's Hospital
Project Renewal – New York, NY
Project Renewal is a New York City nonprofit organization that helps homeless and low-income men and women who often have a drug addiction, mental illness or both. Project Renewal's mission is to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering men, women and children to renew their lives with health, homes and jobs. Since 1967, they have pioneered social innovations that provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable homeless men and women of New York City, and are now replicated around the nation. In 2007, Project Renewals ScanVan began, the nation's first mobile radiology clinic to provide both breast health screening and tuberculosis screening to homeless and low-income New Yorkers. Project Renewal's ScanVan mobile mammography program promotes early detection of breast cancer for medically underserved women by providing outreach, education, and affordable breast healthcare in low-income neighbourhoods throughout New York City.
Rural Health Group – Henderson, NC
In 1974, a group of concerned citizens formed Roanoke Amaranth Community Health Group, Inc. to meet the needs of the residents of rural, northeastern North Carolina. They founded the Rural Health Group which is now a private 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving 30,000+ clients annually across its 13 sites. They provide behavioral health services, dental, medical, and a community-based outreach program which includes a breast and cervical cancer program. Ten of their locations are recognized as Level 3 patient centered medical homes. They have 12 medical practices (11 family practices and 1 pediatric), multiple school based health centers, three dental offices, and two in-house pharmacies which receives 340B pharmacy services, integrated behavioral health services with LCSWs and psychologists for adults and children, and case management services. They will be adding OB/GYN in 2015. The agency has established strong partnerships with local, state and regional breast and cervical programs and organizations.
Rural Health Group has been an Avon BHOP grantee for the past 12 years. Project staff include: Director, Denise Belle; Pat Peele, Women's Health Educator and BHOP Coordinator and Kesha Rooks who creates, reviews and evaluates the data.
Denise Bell, Kesha Rooks, Abigail McCulloch (Avon BHOP) and Pat Peele
West Virginia Health Right Inc. – Charleston, WV
West Virginia Health Right Inc. was founded in 1982 by a small group of physicians and nurses who recognized the need for a source of ongoing health care for the low-income uninsured in Charleston, WV. The clinic provides services for neurology, asthma, dermatology, dental, pharmacy, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. In early 2008, WV Health Right expanded its pharmacy and launched WVRx, the first statewide charitable central fill mail order pharmacy designed to provide prescription access to the estimated 400,000 West Virginians who are uninsured or underinsured. In FY 2013, WV Health Right provided primary and specialty medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and health education services to more than 21,000 patients through the commitment of more than 570 volunteers. The agency hosts 60 classes per month and has been a BHOP grantee since 2000.
All of the other medical services feed into the Avon BHOP program so that if a women aged 40 or older has not received her mammogram, she will be asked to get the screening along with the services she scheduled. A great example is the dental clinic, which sees 15,000 clients annually and requires clients to also be screened for mammograms if they meet the screening criteria.
The staff includes Dr. Angie Settle, Executive Director; Ann Hyre, Deputy Director; Jeff Crist, Development Director; Rhonda Francis, Clinical Coordinator and Emily Jensen, FNP, who manages the CIF data. They have also begun to work with key stakeholders in other communities to expand their outreach and have found this to be the most effective technique for reaching out to new communities and gaining trust which can be difficult and time consuming.
YWCA Miami – Miami, FL
The YWCA Greater Miami-Dade is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The Vision of the YWCA Family Wellness Program is to eradicate breast health disparities through health education and access to low-cost and/or free breast screening for low-income, minority women, who are uninsured or underinsured and are aged 35 to 55 years old. Since 1994, the YWCA Family Wellness Program has been a community advocate and leader in the fight against breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women, age 40 and older, who are uninsured or underinsured. Services include: Clinical Breast Exams (CBE), Pap tests, Mammograms, and other diagnostic breast and cervical screenings
YWCA Family Wellness Program also offers free breast and cervical education at various community sites and participants receive information and education on breast self-assessment, signs and symptoms of breast cancer, screening recommendations, and referral to services. The services are offered in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish.
YWCA of Lubbock – Lubbock, TX
For more than 50 years, the YWCA of Lubbock has been a champion for women and families on the South Plains, setting the pace on critical issues that impact quality child development and family services. The YWCA of Lubbock serves the community needs and uses positive opportunities for fitness, fun, and family as a means to address their primary mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. The Women's Health initiative provides funds for breast and cervical exams to uninsured and underinsured women and men who meet program guidelines. WHI serves more than 1,000 women annually with clinical breast exams, mammograms, and pap tests. WHI is structured to arrange follow-up care for women who receive a positive diagnosis.
Other programs include the SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit, fun and energizing programs that help older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. They also include aquatics classes and cardio /aerobic exercise. The YWCA's also provides high quality childcare programs to allow women to work and prepare children to succeed when entering public school. These programs—Child Development Center (6 months-preschool), Head Start (ages 3-4), YW-CAre (after-school care for elementary children), summer day camps (preK-5th grade), Special Needs (children with emotional and behavioral problems, physically and/or mentally challenged children ages 4-17)—keep children safe and actively engaged while their parents work. In addition, the annual YWCA Women of Excellence Awards Dinner honors professional women for their leadership and exceptional accomplishments in their community and work environments.