SUSAN G. KOMEN® GREATER NYC AWARDS GRANT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NASSAU COUNTY TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER ON LONG ISLAND
Hempstead, NY – April 6, 2015— Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) and Susan G. Komen Greater NYC have announced that they will partner once again to provide Long Island women with comprehensive breast health education and access to free or low-cost screening services through the activities of Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud.
For more than 10 years, the program has provided these services to medically-underserved minority women through community workshops, one-on-one counseling, and local health fairs. Last year, the program reached more than 5,300 women and facilitated more cancer screenings than ever before. “In 2014, the Sisters team really ramped up outreach efforts to focus on getting more women into and through the screening process.” said JoAnn D. Smith, President and CEO of PPNC. “This year promises to be even more successful with two large-scale community health fairs planned and expanded work into new at-risk minority populations, such as the growing Muslim community in Westbury.”
“It’s an exciting time.” Smith continued. “And we are thrilled to be partnering with Komen Greater NYC once again. Their support and guidance is absolutely essential to the important work that Sisters does in Nassau and Suffolk County.”
Anita R. McFarlane, MPH, Komen’s Greater NYC Director of Grants & Public Policy stated, “Sisters United in Health, is a vital safety net for women who may otherwise slip through the medical cracks. This life-saving program is meeting the breast health needs of underserved minority women on Long Island and we are proud to support it.”
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 2014, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 14,200 patients during close to 28,000 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 32,000 community members, and mobilized close to 11,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 82 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.
June 15, 2015