Someone recently asked: How many mammograms have Avon grantees facilitated in the past ten years? The answer is about 3.2 million with the majority of clients being uninsured or underinsured. And in the last decade, Avon grantees saw nearly 35,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed. Starting in 2016, we began collecting data on the age, race/ethnicity, stage of diagnosis and insurance status of all clients diagnosed with breast cancer. We hope these data will reflect on Avon grantees’ earnest attempts at successfully navigating clients into screening in the early stages of cancer. The earlier a client can start their fight against breast cancer, the better. Therefore, we believe that our emphasis on early detection has been key to improving rates of survivorship.
On September 7-9, 2016, we held a very successful meeting in Miami, Florida of Avon Breast Cancer Crusade-funded grantees. Over 175 people attended the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Forum, the theme of which was Ensuring Quality and Equity in Breast Cancer Care. We had 30 brilliant speakers addressing both current and emergent issues facing the breast cancer community, which led to many stimulating discussions. Many of our attendees praised it as being “the best Forum yet!”
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2017 BHOP Funding: The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) RFA was released on July 1 and applications were due on August 21. We received 150 applications, which are currently being evaluated and scored by our grant reviewers. Funding decisions will be announced in mid to late November.
Avon BHOP Staff Changes: We are pleased to introduce our newest Avon BHOP Project Officer – Tegan Culler, MPH. Tegan has a background in domestic and international women’s health issues, health systems strengthening, and quality improvement. She joined CAI in 2014 as the Project Deputy Director for the Family Planning National Training Center for Coordination and Strategic Initiatives, where she worked with Title X grantees to improve service quality within their family planning provider networks. Prior to joining CAI, she worked for ICAP at Columbia University, where she developed and managed training initiatives in low-resource settings in the US and internationally. Tegan has contributed to traditional and mobile phone-based health education projects in Ghana and New York, and has worked extensively as a communications and publishing professional. Tegan will be the Project Officer for the following states: AZ, CA, LA, MT, NJ, NY, UT, & WA.
Research and Evaluation: We will be presenting posters at two upcoming conferences this Fall. At the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in Denver, CO, we will be presenting a poster on “Impact of ACA’s Medicaid expansion on client demographics and breast health behaviors for medically underserved women through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program.” In December, we will be presenting a poster on “Breast health behaviors of women under 40 accessing the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program” at the international San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio, TX. These posters will be available on the AvonBHOP.org website after the respective conferences.
We enjoyed seeing many of you at the Avon Forum and thank you for your enthusiastic participation. Keep up the great work!
The Avon BHOP Coordinating Center Team at CAI
At the Avon Forum, we presented data from the Access to Care programs (BHOP, Centers of Excellence, and Safety Net). In particular, we looked at trends in screening outcomes, patient navigation, and client demographics from the quarterly/mid-year data reports and Client Intake Forms (CIFs) submitted by BHOP grantees.
The percent of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases increased steadily between 2010 and 2015 among Safety Net grantees. The rate increased by 1.8%, going from 1.4% in 2010 to a high of 3.2% in 2015. Among BHOP grantees, the percent of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases has been relatively steady since 2010, at approximately 0.7%.
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National Public Radio recently addressed proposed recommendations by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (previously known as the Institutes of Medicine) that build on existing recommendations and fill in gaps that weren't addressed in the health law. Under the IOM list, which took effect in 2012, most health plans are required to cover well-woman visits, screening and/or counseling for sexually transmitted infections, domestic violence, gestational diabetes, as well as breastfeeding support and supplies.
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BHOP grantees are always looking for new ways to raise funds and awareness. Nueva Vida in Alexandria, VA has successfully done both! Partnering with their local Avon Sales Representatives, Nueva Vida has developed a unique fundraising, screening, and educational event that targets Hispanic women.
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GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: The Versatility of Patient Navigation - YWCA of Lafayette
Patient navigation requires strong knowledge of the community and available resources, combined with compassion, patience, and creativity. Patient Navigators will tell you that no two clients are alike -- it is very important to hear the needs of your client, consider their priorities, and respect their unique backgrounds and experiences. This article from YWCA of Lafayette in Indiana highlights the challenges associated with navigating two clients: a single mother who works as a bartender and another who is a member of the local Amish community. Click here to read more.
AVON 39 - The Walk to End Breast Cancer!
This year, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade invited local Avon BHOP Grantees to accept the check for all of the BHOP grants in that area. Click here to check out these pictures of some of our BHOP grantees with the big checks!
We have developed a new Resource Exchange on our webpage that allows Avon grantees to share information about breast health education resources as well as to seek information about others available. The Resource Exchange webpage is viewable by the general public, but only Avon Grantees are able to post resources and inquiries.
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