BHOP News April 2014


Dear Avon BHOP Grantees,

Wow – what a busy Spring this has been! With the many changes happening in health care with the ACA and continued discussions around the effectiveness of mammography screening, there is expanded focus on reaching those in need and the importance of community-level outreach and education. Changes have been happening in BHOP, too, as we move towards collecting client level data to more clearly demonstrate the important impact of this Program.

Many thanks go to the Avon Foundation for Women for hosting its Biannual Avon Forum last month in D.C. which was attended by over 200 participants. This was a great opportunity to meet up with our Avon Safety Net Hospitals and BHOP colleagues to discuss the many issues we face in ensuring health equity and advancing breast health care. Primary themes of the Forum included: recent data on health care disparities; metastatic breast cancer; patient navigation; addressing the whole patient; taking care of the caregivers; clinical trials and use of social media.

At our BHOP meeting, we introduced our new BHOP Coordinating Center staff member - Melanie Steilen and discussed webinar ideas as well as the changes to the Client Intake form. We want to take this opportunity to recognize all the great work being accomplished by our Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) grantees!

Thank you for your hard work and ongoing commitment to the cause and your attendance, support, and engagement at the Biannual Meeting.



The Avon Forum was held on March 16-19 in Washington, DC. To review presentations from the forum or from breakout sessions you may have missed, here is a quick summary of the seven major themes from the 2014 Avon Forum. Read More.


Many of you met Melanie Steilen at the Avon Forum last month and heard her wonderful presentation on Care for the Caregiver, the link of which is provided above but here is an official introduction and a little bit about Melanie. Melanie Steilen, RN, BSN, ACRN joins the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program team in January of 2014. Read More.


As most of you learned the CIF will be changing and many of you had questions that pertained to – what we were asking for, why we needed it and how you would obtain and report it. So, to be clear we are collecting;Creating a unique Client identification system – a number that is unique to that client and remains the same throughout and cannot be linked to the identity of a patient. Read More.


"There were several moving stories provided by our grantees in their 4th Quarter report. All mentioned the importance of annual care, but they also mentioned the importance of having supportive staff/navigators and strong community relationships so that you leverage additional resources. Here are some examples from Catherine's Health Care in Michigan and West Virginia Health Right. Read More.

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As you all know, the funding for your programs as well as the Safety Net Hospitals and cancer research grants comes directly from the funds raised by the Avon Walks. It is so very important that you support the Avon Walks in any way that you can. If you cannot attend, you can support a team or walker from your area. Read More.