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Friday, January 04, 2008 - Avon Foundation Awards Grant to Broward Health Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Avon Foundation has awarded a grant of $150,000 to the Broward Health Breast Cancer Patient Navigator program. The funds will be used over the next two years to expand the program services by adding a bilingual social worker.

Established in 2006, the Broward Health Breast Cancer Patient Navigator program was designed to navigate medically underserved women of all ages, living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, who received an abnormal mammogram. The program helps them navigate through the healthcare system from a follow-up mammogram to breast cancer survivorship. This service is provided through an RN case manager.

“Avon Foundation’s award provides important recognition of the excellent programs for breast cancer patients at Broward Health,” notes Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Scientific Director of the Avon Foundation. “The national competition for a 2007 Avon award was unusually competitive, and the Broward Health team should be proud of their breast cancer programs and receiving this award.”

With assistance from the Avon Foundation, the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator program will expand its services with a bi-lingual social worker who is also a trained mental health professional. The social worker will work in partnership with the RN case manager to focus on the medical and psycho-social needs of each patient as well as breakdown socio-cultural barriers to accessing medical care. The social worker will provide support groups, one-on-one counseling and assistance with eligibility, Welfare and insurance forms. In addition, the grant will allow the case load to expand from 65 to 200 patients annually.

“When a patient is first diagnosed with breast cancer she needs strong emotional support as well as medical care,” said Paulet Royes, RN, case manager, Breast Cancer Patient Navigator program. “This is understandably a difficult time and the addition of a trained mental health social worker will be of great benefit to the healing process.”

“We believe the emotional support adds value to our program which makes our interventions more successful. We thank Avon Foundation for the opportunity to enhance our Breast Cancer Patient Navigator program, says Jasmin Shirley, vice president Community Health Services.” 

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the five largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.