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