Hempstead, NY—The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (Komen Greater NYC) has awarded Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) a 2010 Community Breast Health grant in the amount of $77,982 to underwrite the breast cancer prevention activities of Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud.
PPNC spearheaded the formation of Sisters United in Health in 2001 to promote breast cancer awareness among African American and Latina women. Today, this coalition of 13 community-based organizations is leading the charge on Long Island to reach out to minority women to inform them of the importance of breast self-exams, regular Pap smears and annual mammograms, and to link them to affordable, culturally-appropriate screening services.
Sisters United in Health currently has three educators who are responsible for reaching more than 10,000 women a year through workshops, community outreach, and health fairs; whenever possible, these women are also provided with referrals and follow-up to make sure that they receive affordable breast cancer screening services. This work is coordinated under the supervision of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, another of the coalition’s partners.
“I am so thrilled that we will be able to continue helping at-risk women access screening services, mammograms, and information on how to prevent breast cancer. Nassau County has a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer and of breast cancer mortalities, especially among women of color, which is why Sisters United in Health is such an important initiative,” said JoAnn Smith, PPNC’s President & CEO.
Komen Greater NYC has generously funded Sisters United in Health for the past five years, allowing the coalition to reach more than 40,000 minority women on Long Island.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 89 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2009, PPNC provided services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 32,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 5,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 77 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.