Dear Avon BHOP Grantees,

As 2015 draws to a close, we extend our sincere appreciation to all BHOP Grantees and the great work you are doing to improve the lives of underserved women. By the end of this year, more than 40,000 women will be navigated into breast cancer screenings by BHOP Grantees - the majority of these women were under or uninsured with annual incomes of less than $25,000. We believe funding community-based navigation programs is one of the most successful strategies for reaching women in need.

We look forward to 2016 and the exciting challenges presented by the evolving field of breast cancer screening and treatment. Thank you for being an important part of serving women in need.

The Avon Team





After a highly competitive grant application process, we are pleased to announce 56 agencies will receive Avon BHOP funding in 2016. For a list of these Grantees, please go to We welcome back fifty 2015 BHOP grantees and the following six new BHOP Grantees:

  • Breast Care for Washington, Washington, DC
  • Alachua County Organization For Rural Needs Inc., FL
  • Foundation For Annie Jeffrey, NE
  • Korean Community Services Of Metropolitan New York Inc., NY
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, OH
  • Julie Rogers Gift Of Life Free Mammogram Program, TX




Since breast cancer screening guidelines vary and media reports about early detection can sometimes be confusing, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade encourages individuals to know their risk. The #CheckYourself campaign is a global movement that aims to raise awareness and start conversations about how women and men can take action for their own breast health through screening, detection and treatment. This campaign is intended to help you better understand some of the common factors that can influence your personal breast cancer risk, and teach you not only about your risk, but also what actions you can take starting today.

For your information, we have summarized breast cancer screening guidelines for women of average risk from various organizations and posted the information on the Avon BHOP website. Click here for the summary.



Asian American Health Coalition/HOPE Clinic Houston, TX
Yen, one of our Vietnamese speaking breast cancer outreach staff located at the HOPE Clinic in Houston, TX took a call in May 2015 from a man asking for information about breast cancer screening for a family member. Yen subsequently found out the caller had an aunt in McAllen, Texas (about 350 miles from Houston) who was experiencing breast pain but was unable to afford the required cash deposit of $500 to see the hospital doctor.

Yen obtained contact information and called his aunt, Mrs. K, directly to see how we could help her. Yen learned Mrs. K had been experiencing breast pain and also felt a hard lump when she examined her breast. Mrs. K had been very anxious because her daughter passed away recently due to cervical cancer and both of her parents died of cancer. Mrs. K explained that she had to quit her nail salon job in order to help take care of her daughter and had no income. Complicating things, she did not speak English well and the hospital in McAllen had no Vietnamese interpreter.

Yen provided information to Mrs. K and explained the Phoenix Project, a program for mammogram screening which offers sponsorship. Yen was very surprised when Mrs. K showed up at HOPE Clinic the next day with her nephew who had traveled from Houston to McAllen (12 hours round trip) to see our doctor. Mrs. K's nephew reported he had seen HOPE Clinic staff on a Vietnamese TV station and learned about the services including mammogram screening that the clinic makes available to the underinsured and uninsured population. The Clinic was able to accept Mrs. K as a walk-in patient and able to refer her for diagnostic breast screening.

Mrs. K thanked our staff profusely for the services she received. She had a diagnostic mammogram screening in July and we continue to follow up and offer navigation to her as needed.


American Public Health Association Conference
Avon BHOP Project Officer Abigail McCulloch attended the American Public Health Association meeting in Chicago and was one of more than 1,400 attendees. There were many interesting sessions related to breast cancer education, recruitment and navigation, including some presented by agencies and presenters that are part of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade community:
• Kristi Allgood, MPH from Sinai Urban presented information on the importance and demonstrated validity of using patient navigators.
• Mandi Pratt-Chapman, M.A. from George Washington Cancer Institute presented information on the core competencies of patient navigators – We had a preview of this presentation earlier in 2015. [To see Mandi Pratt Chapman's slides please click here.]
• The Breakfast Club, a BHOP Grantee in Missouri, was featured in a poster session. Their poster was entitled "Community-Academic Partnership for Breast Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach."

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
Avon BHOP Project Director, Kathryn Gates-Ferris, presented a poster on "The Effect of Hispanic Nativity and Ethnicity on Mammography Use through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program" at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in early December. Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer compared to non-Hispanic whites (NHW), however, breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women1. Studies suggest that Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer screening compared to NHW women, primarily due to lack of health insurance and socioeconomic disadvantages. This study aimed to understand the demographic characteristics of Hispanic women in the US who access and utilize the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), and how Hispanic women's mammography history differs by nativity. For a link to the poster, click here:

 SABCS Poster 2015


FLH 2015


This photo features Fannie Lou Hamer Foundation in Mississippi at an October 2015 Breast Cancer Outreach activity. The Tallahatchie Correctional Facility sold breast cancer wristbands and t-shirts and donated $3,000 to the Foundation.


Improving Deaf Women's Access to Breast Cancer Information and Care (August 27, 2015)
Presenter: Dr. Georgia R. Sadler, BSN, MBA UC San Diego School of Medicine and UCSD Moores Cancer Center

This webinar provided information on the barriers and challenges those that are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing impaired face when accessing and understanding breast health care and what can be done to mitigate some of those challenges.

Click here to register to see the webinar. For additional resources about this topic, click here.

Challenges for Un- and Underinsured Breast Cancer Patients in a Safety Net Hospital (September 17, 2015)
Presenter: Dr. Curtis J. Wray - Surgical oncologist and an Associate of Surgery at UTHealth Department of Surgery

This webinar provided an overview of the issues and challenges when working with underinsured and uninsured women that may be undocumented.

Click here to register to see the webinar.

Using the Avon BHOP Ipad's New Feature for CIFs: Reviewing and Emailing Your Results Prior Data Submission (September 22, 2015)
Presenter: Marvin Aliaga, MA Research Assistant - CAI

This webinar explains the new feature of the next ISurvey CIF, which will allow grantees to review and email their survey results prior to you uploading them.

Click here to register to see the webinar.

Tales from the Walk - Avon BHOP Grantees (October 8, 2015)
Presenters: Amy Hsieh and Rebecca Kleinsmith - Samaritan House, CA, Cathy Phan - Asian American Health Coalition/HOPE Clinic, TX, Rosemaria Gomez Amaro - YWCA of North Orange County, CA and Lisa Piscatelli and Joyce Dolbec - YWCA of Rhode Island

This webinar highlights the various ways that agencies support the Avon Walks.

Click here to register to see the webinar.

Below are two videos meant to accompany the YWCA of North Orange County presentation.

Video 1

Video 2

Breast Health Awareness Events - Avon BHOP Grantees (October 22, 2015) Presenters: Sharon Byrne - Cooper Health, NJ, Claudia Campos - Nueva Vida, VA, Hiam Hamade - ACCESS, MI and Kimberly Marcucci - Southcentral, AK

In this webinar, Avon BHOP grantees highlight their events for Breast Cancer Awareness month, best practices, and successes.

Click here to register to see the webinar.

NBCC Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 and The Artemis Project (November 12, 2015)
Presenter: Judy Keen, PhD. Director of Research Collaboration

This webinar is an overview of the deadline campaign and the legislative action by the National Breast Cancer Coalition as well as information on training opportunities and research efforts to develop a preventative vaccine and prevent metastasis.

Click here to register to view the webinar.

Click here to be linked to NBCC's website.

Click here to be linked to a summary on The Artemis Project.

Click here to be linked to more information on NBCC's Center for Advocacy Training

Click here to be linked to more information on NBCC's Summit.


Funding for Avon BHOP comes from the Avon Walks for Breast Cancer (Avon39), so please support the 2016 Walks in any way possible! Here is the schedule of 2016 Walks:

  • Houston, TX April 23-24, 2016
  • Washington, DC April 30-May 1, 2016
  • Chicago, IL June 4-5, 2016
  • Boston, MA July 9-10, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA June 23-24, 3016
  • Santa Barbara, CA September 10-11, 2016
  • New York City October 15-16, 2016

For more information and/or to register as a walker, crew or volunteer, please go to ! 


WELCOME TO NEW BHOP STAFF!KarinforAvonnewsletter

We are delighted to introduce Karin Bauer, MS, MA, as a new Avon BHOP Project Officer. Karin joined the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program team at CAI in November 2015. She is responsible for grants management, research and evaluation, and programmatic support to the Project Director. Ms. Bauer has more than 10 years of program management experience and has worked in numerous countries assisting with the implementation of HIV care and treatment, health systems strengthening, capacity building, and research projects. Karin can be reached at