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Hempstead, NY – May 31, 2013—The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded a $75,000 grant to Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) to underwrite the breast cancer prevention activities of Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud.

“I am so thrilled with our ongoing partnership with Komen Greater NYC, in our shared mission of helping at-risk women access screening services, mammograms, and breast health education. Long Island has a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer and of breast cancer mortalities, especially among women of color, making Sisters United in Health a very important initiative,” said JoAnn D. Smith, PPNC’s President & CEO.

PPNC spearheaded the formation of Sisters United in Health in 2001 to promote breast cancer awareness among women of color. Today, this coalition of 16 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-awareness and annual mammograms, and to link them to affordable, culturally-appropriate screening services.

Sisters United in Health currently has two full-time educators who are responsible for reaching 5,000 women a year and providing them with information about breast cancer prevention and detection 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.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Greater New York City Affiliate is number one out of the 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“At the Komen Greater NYC Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered the lack of support services to underserved minority women diagnosed with breast cancer on Long Island,” said Anita R. McFarlane, MPH, Komen Greater NYC Director of Grants & Public Policy. “We are confident that through the Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas in la Salud program’s interventions, underserved minority women diagnosed with breast cancer, will receive the support services that they need and deserve.”


Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 72 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2012, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 31,500 community members, and mobilized 8,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 80 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 the Komen Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®
Since 1990, Komen Greater NYC has raised approximately $60 million and awarded $43 million in grants. In the last five years alone, we have helped more than 875,000 women, men and families in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. In that time, we have provided 63,997 mammograms, 94,045 clinic breast exams (including mammography), support services (including transportation, meals, legal services) to 48,158 people, breast health education to 206,640 women, among other services.

Donations in Action
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.

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


Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc.


Sherry Perlman
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
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Vern Calhoun
Komen Greater NYC
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May 31, 2013


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