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Hempstead, NY— Sisters United in Health/Hermanas Unidas en la Salud will be providing information about breast health and helping women access free or low-cost breast exams and mammograms at events throughout Long Island during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

When women have questions or concerns about breast health, many are able to turn to a family physician or OB/GYN for answers and convenient access to cancer screenings and mammograms. However, for women of color in medically-underserved communities, obtaining this life-saving care may be hampered by lack of insurance, issues with transportation and childcare, and a range of other issues.

Here on Long Island, Sisters United in Health, a coalition of 13 partner organizations led by Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program, has been helping women overcome these barriers and working one-on-one with them to access breast cancer screenings for more than a decade. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, the group will be out in force at the following events:

• October 17 – 7pm-9pm Spanish Program: Buena Nutrición Contra el Cáncer, La Guardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst

• October 18 – 10am-2pm “Building Bridges For A Health Community” FREE Health Screenings and Education Event. Brentwood Recreation Center, 99 3rd Avenue, Brentwood, NY

• October 18 – 12pm-3pm Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby’s Annual Breast Cancer Forum. African American museum 110 North Franklin Street, Hempstead

• October 21 – 7pm-8:30pm Ladies’ Night: United Against Breast Cancer, Belmont Café, Belmont Park.

• October 23 – 12pm-2pm Mayor Hall’s Breast Cancer awareness Event, Kennedy Park Auditorium, Hempstead

• October 24 – 7pm Spanish program: De Mujer a Mujer: Un seminario informativo para la mujer latina, 14 Front Street, Hempstead

• October 25 – 11am-3pm Spanish program: Celebración del Mes de la Concientización del Cáncer del Seno, Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, 69 Wisconsin Avenue, Bay Shore

• October 26 – 10am Spanish Program: Charla sobre el Cancer del Seno. St Martha’s Catholic Church, Uniondale

They will also be at Green Acres Mall every Saturday and/or Sunday during the month of October. For more information or to schedule a breast health workshop in English or Spanish for your organization, call 1-800-559-6348.


Sisters United in Health is generously supported by a grant from the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

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.


Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc.


October 17, 2014