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Grantee Spotlight: MLK Health Center - Undocumented and Symptomatic

Martin Luther King Health Center holds their women’s clinic twice a month on the 3rd Thursday and Saturdays of the month targeting uninsured women and women that have difficulty accessing traditional health care. They get the word out using their Hispanic Health Advocate, Marilu Rodriguez, via her weekly radio message, and extensive outreach work to places of employment and churches.
During their April MLKHC Women's they met a client that was told about the clinic by friends that heard a presentation given at their church. We were able to provide a breast ultrasound to this undocumented woman who had been experiencing pain and a lump in one of her breasts. Due to her undocumented status she had been unable to obtain a mammogram in our community (through one of the local hospital providers) and she had been very worried about her condition. She had had the lump for over six months and was worried and frightened. She had gone to a primary care doctor who recommended a mammogram. She was unable to pay for a mammogram on her own and the only free option will not accept women without a Louisiana ID and Social Security number. She came in with her daughter who provided support for her. Their breast specialist, Dr. Julie Mook Broadwell, utilized her portable ultrasound, which showed a benign cyst. Since she is over 40 she still needs a screening mammogram.
Unfortunately, obtaining these services is still one of the barriers undocumented women face in their area. They are continuing to seek resources for this group of women. Fortunately she and her daughter were able to leave their center knowing that the symptoms that she had been experiencing were from a benign cyst.

A Grantee's Perspective

Chenango Health Network has received grant funding from the NYS Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for many years. AVON BHOP support has enabled our agency to conduct our Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign, which motivates, encourages and supports hundreds of women who live in this rural upstate county to be screened for breast cancer and receive necessary treatment and support. Read More