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Hempstead, NY – August 20, 2014—Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $75,000 grant by Susan G. Komen® Greater NYC to underwrite the activities of Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud, a program that provides breast health information and access to free or low-cost screening services to medically-underserved minority women throughout Long Island.

Comprised of a coalition of 13 community-based organizations, Sisters United in Health has touched the lives of more than 100,000 women since its inception in 2003. The program has been used as a model for other breast health education efforts across New York State, and its two full-time educators were named 2013 Health Care Heroes by the Long Island Business News.

“The beauty of Sisters is that our educators have fostered a great deal of trust in the community and are always ready to go the extra mile,” said JoAnn D. Smith, President and CEO of PPNC. “They work one-on-one with each woman, helping her overcome the many barriers she faces in accessing screening services.”

“It’s that level of caring that makes this program so powerful,” Smith continued. “And we are absolutely thrilled about this partnership with Komen Greater NYC. Their support ensures that Sisters is able continue its important work. ”

Anita R. McFarlane, MPH, Komen’s Greater NYC Director of Grants & Public Policy stated, “We are proud to support Sisters United in Health, which serves as a safety net for women who may otherwise slip through the cracks. This program works to meet the breast health needs of underserved minority women on Long Island and is truly helping to save lives.”


Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 68 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2013, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during more than 26,300 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 32,500 community members, and mobilized close to 9,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 81 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.

About Susan G. Komen Greater New York City
Since 1990, Susan G. Komen Greater NYC has raised well over $60 million and awarded more than
$45 million in grants. In the last five years alone, Komen Greater NYC has helped more than 875,000 women, men and families in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Twenty-five percent of every dollar raised funds national breast cancer research while seventy-five percent of the net monies raised goes right back into the communities to help the women, men and families in our service area. This year, Komen Greater NYC is awarding $2.0 million to 27 local breast health programs as well as more than $730,000 for national breast cancer research programs to find the cures.

For more information, please visit www.komennyc.org or call 212-293-CURE.


Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc.


August 20, 2014