2010-2011 Grant Recipients

Grant Summaries – April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

Community Education & Special Program Grants

Bethesda Women’s Health Center: “Breast Health Navigator” The Breast Health Navigator is a registered nurse who is certified in Breast Health. The Navigator assists all patients needing education and information regarding breast health. The Navigator counsels patients referred for biopsy and diagnosed with breast cancer as well as provides support for family members.
Project Director: Delmarie Butler (561) 374-5300

Boca Raton Regional Hospital- Navigation: The Center for Breast Care / Women’s Center ‘Clinical Navigator Program” will be based on already proven navigator programs but will be unique in the aspect of focusing on providing quality care based on our diverse patient population and community needs. The clinical navigator can take the mystery out of breast health and dispel the myths concerning care diagnosis and treatment options. Providing an environment of support, education and clinical expertise will allow the patient to receive individualized care and attention. Education is a powerful tool that arms the patient with choice and control over their health care options. The complexity of the system, the multiple appointments, and testing, financial and personal concerns will be addressed through this service.
Project Director: Kathy Tabor McEwan (561) 955-2745

Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope: will provide assistance to breast cancer patients of all ages who are having financial problems while undergoing treatment, with rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, car insurance and health insurance. The funds will go directly to the vendor, allowing the patient to use that money to help with treatment and co-pays. The grant will provide funding for women who live in Palm Beach Country and receive treatment in the county, also women who live outside the county but receive treatment in the county.
Project Director: Jean Fischer (561) 748-7227

Caridad Clinic: “Caridad Health Clinic-Breast Care Program” This program provides breast care education, mammograms and referrals for women living in rural areas of Palm Beach County who receive free health care at the Caridad Health Clinic. Healthcare includes annual breast and gynecological exams. This unique one-stop program provides group education sessions on the Triple Touch self-breast exam technique and breast health with culturally appropriate presentations and materials followed immediately by a baseline or annual follow-up mammogram. This approach reduces barriers of transportation, language and time while promoting a trusting relationship with Caridad. The Patient Liaison expertly guides women through every step of the program.
Project Director: Lucille Guzman (561) 369-0932 Ext.105

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.: “Pahokee Breast Health Liaison” The liaison will provide outreach, education and referrals to residents of Pahokee, Canal Point, Belle Glade and South Bay. Patients will be qualified for government programs such as Medicaid and Health Care District. Residents will be taught the how to do BSE and the importance of early detection. Referrals for follow up treatment will be made to Komen Grantees.
Project Director: Dr. Michael Gervasi (561) 844-9443 Ext.335

Hadassah Florida Atlantic Region: “Check It Out” This program presents breast health programs in assemblies in school districts throughout Palm Beach county with high school age women. It instructs and emphasizes the importance of regular and correct BSE. The program also discusses risk factors of breast cancer. Each assembly includes a breast cancer survivor sharing her story, a health educator and video on BSE.
Program Coordinator: Elayne Rovner (561) 498-1012

Indiantown Community Outreach, Inc: “The Breast Health Awareness and Access Project, Indiantown” The western part or Martin County has been identified as the most underserved and impoverished groups in Florida, and experience a higher incidence of breast cancer. 2 trilingual breast health navigators will provide outreach and education to this community. They will assist with transportation, interpreter services for CBE and mammograms.
Project Director: Jacqueline Clarke (772) 285-8938

Jupiter Medical Center: “Breast Cancer Patient Navigator” The breast cancer patient navigator is an oncology nurse who will provide services to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The navigator will help guide breast cancer patients through the difficult and confusing maze of appointments and decisions to be made. The navigator will assist patients through their entire course of care: providing both patient and family members with ongoing education and support.
Patient Navigator: Cathy Marinak (561) 743-5069

Martin Memorial Cancer Center: “Breast Health Navigator” This program’s purpose is to act as a guide through the health care system. The team’s goal is to navigate patients, including those with and without health insurance, giving them access to care and services in a timely fashion in our community. The Breast Health Navigator Team consists of an oncology certified registered nurse and a licensed clinical oncology social worker, who are experienced in cancer care. They would offer screening for eligibility of any needed services, including referrals, along with information and counseling focused on the special needs of a special cancer population.
Patient Navigator: Carolyn MacDonald (772) 223-5945 Ext.3717

Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation/Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care: “Moving On: Life After Breast Cancer, A Survivor Workshop” A multi session workshop for stage 1 to 3 breast cancer survivors 4-6 months post treatment, addresses the physical, emotional and lifestyle needs that are well documented in cancer survivor literature.
Project Director: Dr. Elizabeth McKeen (561) 578-5900

Planned Parenthood of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Area, Inc.: “Breast Health Community Education” This program reaches culturally diverse populations in both educational and community settings in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The most current breast health information, including prevention and treatment options is provided in presentations available to high schools, faith-based organizations, and community groups in both English and Spanish. The goals of this program are to break the cycle of high-risk behavior and to promote early breast cancer screening habits among women in our local community through increased knowledge and healthy lifestyles. Presentations are free of charge and may be scheduled by calling Planned Parenthood.
Project Director: Maria Kulp (561) 848-6402 Ext.305

Screening/Treatment/Genetics Programs

Bethesda Women’s Health Center – Screening/Treatment/Genetics – Boynton Beach
Project Director: Angelia Palahunik (561) 374-5304

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Women’s Health Center for Breast Care – Screening/Treatment – Boca Raton
Project Director: Kathy Tabor McEwan (561) 955-2547

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. – Screening – St. Lucie County
Project Director: Dr. Michael Gervasi (561) 844-9443- Ext.335

H.O.P.E. Project – Screening (Mobile Mammography Van) – Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties
Project Director: Maryann Bohatyritz (561) 659-4278

Jupiter Medical Center – Screening/Treatment/Genetics – Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens
Project Director: William Herders (561) 744-4416

Lakeside Medical Center – Screening – Palm Beach County
Project Director: Jeffrey McRoberts (561) 996-6571

Martin Memorial Hospital – Screening/Treatment – Martin, southern half of St. Lucie County
Project Director: Sherri Kinney (772) 223-5945 Ext.3331

Pink Tie Friends – Treatment – Martin and St. Lucie Counties
Project Director: Cheryl Caldwell (772) 871-9289

Volunteers of Medicine – Screening – Martin County
Project Director: Elizabeth Tsarnas (772) 463-4128 Ext.207

West Palm Beach, Department of Health – Clinical Breast Exams/Case Management – West Palm Beach
Project Director: Dr. Maryann Cabrera (561) 514-5302