2016 spring newsletter

Dear Avon BHOP Grantees,

In 2016 CAI enters its 17th year of managing the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) and its 21st year of working with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. We are honored to have the privilege of being a long time partner on this important public health initiative.

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of controversy around mammography screening guidelines. There is conflicting guidance among many of the national leaders, including the US Prevention Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology. This creates confusion and uncertainty for many women and men, not to mention medical providers. [For a summary of the various guidelines, please check out our table at http://www.avonbhop.org/guidelines & research].

The Avon BCC recently launched a new educational campaign on its website called Check Yourself. 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 Check Yourself 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. Click here to learn more about this new initiative.

Thanks for all you do to help women and men get the best breast care possible!
Avon BHOP Coordinating Center Team

what you were up to

Please click here to access 2015 statistics on services provided by the Avon BHOP grantees on key data points from the 2015 Final Client Intake Form (CIF) Summary Report.


Join us in welcoming our newest grantees.

Breast Care for Washington - Washington, DC

Breast Care for Washington opened its doors in May 2014 and began providing the women of the greater Washington DC area with the latest 3D technology breast imaging services including screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. Since that time over 1,500 women have been screened with 15 cancer diagnoses discovered as a result of these screenings, a rate that is over three times the national average... Read More.

Korean Community Services - Flushing, NY

Tracey K. Denholm is the Women’s Health Coordinator at Korean Community Services Public Health and Research Center. KCS’ objectives are to develop and deliver a broad range of community services to meet the various needs of the Korean Immigrant and Korean American community.

Tracey began working for Korean Community Services Public Health and Research Center during spring of 2013 after seeing her grandmother’s health deteriorate rapidly. Tracey noticed her grandmother’s biggest obstacles in obtaining health care services were linguistic barriers with little or no access to culturally appropriate services...Read More.

Foundation for Annie Jeffrey - Osceola, NE

Annie Jeffrey Health Center provides health care services to a rural and frontier geography that includes Polk County and the surrounding areas in Nebraska and about 6000 people. Annie Jeffrey Health Center strives to provide access to the best quality of care, regardless of the geographic barriers. In rural America, especially the frontier regions like Polk County, the shortage of healthcare professionals tends to be more pronounced. Polk County, Nebraska is considered to be Medically Underserved according to the Health and Human Resource Service Administration, meaning this area cannot support sufficient healthcare services...Read More.

avon news

Full Circle: The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

In late 2015, there were some organizational changes made at the Avon Foundation for Women. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade was established as its own entity, separate from the Foundation. When we started working with Avon in 1993 it was called the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, so we have come back full circle.

Beginning in 2016, both the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer fund raising event series and all Avon-related breast cancer grant making are administered through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade...Read More.

Avon Forum Update

Annual Breast Cancer Forum

On September 7-9, 2016, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will host its annual Breast Cancer Forum in Miami, FL. This year, the forum will focus on access to care – themes for the conference will be shared in the coming weeks. BHOP grantees and other Avon Breast Cancer Crusade partners from around the country will come together for this two-day meeting. The purpose of the annual Forum is to foster collaboration, share best practices and disseminate the most recent trends in tackling breast cancer across the continuum of care.


New Website Feature

The Avon BHOP Information Exchange

We are developing an online exchange that will allow all of the BHOP grantees to directly exchanges ideas, share best practices or seek out assistance from the Communications Team and other grantees.

It will also allow grantees to ask others about topics that were not covered during our monthly webinars...Read More.

Join Us For These Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming webinars:
As many of you know many of our webinars are developed based on your suggestions in our quarterly reports. While we try to find the best speakers for each topic, much of the success relies on your attendance and participation. We hope to see you all on the following upcoming webinars:

  • April 14th - Using Key Stakeholders in Rural Communities
  • May - Undocumented Women and Outreach

Please click here to Read More.

2016 site visits

The Avon BHOP Coordinating Center team loves to visit our projects and see you in action! We try to visit each Avon BHOP grantee every 5 years or so...Read More.

Committed To The Cause

When I took on the Project Officer position with the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program in November 2015, little did I know that I would be rekindling a family connection with Avon. As I told my family about my new job, they shared with me about how my great grandmother, Bertha Miller, had been an Avon sales representative in the 1950s. She sold Avon products door-to-door for over a decade in Villisca, Iowa to support herself after her husband passed away...Read More.