Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida: “Women SHINE Project” 

Family Health Centers proposes continuing the highly successful Women SHINE Project (Sharing Hope, breast health Information, and the Newest guidelines leaving women Empowered to know their bodies), provides educational opportunities to empower women to become proactive advocates for their breast health. The project targets and benefits the uninsured and underserved women in Lee, Charlotte, and western Hendry Counties through critical one-to-one and group education workshops. Because language, transportation and finances are major barriers to care for these women, the Project team provides education through:

  • One to One education as women wait to be seen by their doctor as a walk in or scheduled visits at Family Health Centers clinical sites. These sessions are conducted in compliance with CDC pandemic protocols.
  • One-to-one education by phone to women identified in our database as meeting the project criteria. These calls are consistent with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Emergency guidance for synchronous remote non-clinical services.
  • The culturally sensitive, tri-lingual project team speaks fluent Spanish, English and Creole.

Miami- Dade Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MDAHEC): “Hands on Health: Breast Cancer Education Program” 

Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to quality, comprehensive health care and education for the underserved, uninsured, economically needy, and other vulnerable individuals throughout Miami-Dade County through academic- community partnerships. MDAHEC provides "Hands on Health" Breast Cancer Education Program to middle school, high school, and college students. This program provides a thorough yet easily understood explanation of breast cancer. It is comprised of different facts, videos, statistics, visuals, and activities that are geared to teenage men and women in Miami-Dade and Broward County schools and youth serving sites, and colleges and universities. The program's objectives are to educate these young men and women about breast cancer and the need for early diagnosis and to encourage them to develop a lifelong habit of breast health self-awareness.


Big Bend Rural Health Network: “We Are One” 

Obtaining access to high-quality breast cancer education can be problematic for those living in rural and underserved areas due to a lack of resources and socioeconomic factors.  Data shows that residents within the Big Bend Rural Health Network service area, including Liberty, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, and Leon County, are less likely to receive a mammogram, are diagnosed later, and have higher breast cancer mortality rates as compared to State of Florida aggregates.  BBRHN seeks to continue and expand our We Are One breast cancer awareness project to educate vulnerable populations on the importance of breast health and self-advocacy (Priority Area 1).  Knowledge is power, and the We are One program offers individuals a platform to learn about identifiable risk factors, preventative measures, and the importance of early detection of breast cancer.  BBRHN and collaborating partners will host at least six breast cancer educational workshops, providing education and resources to a minimum of 200 total participants. Two events will be tailored to young adults to create a foundation for positive breast habits early on in life (Priority Area 3).  Project evaluation will include qualitative and quantitative methods with result dissemination among stakeholders.


Moffit Cancer Center: “Moffit Cancer Center Education & Outreach Program” 

Moffit Cancer’s Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (COEE) upholds Moffitt’s commitment to maximize the impact of research, outreach, and education  in West and Central Florida. COEE’s Outreach team administers the Moffitt Program for Outreach, Wellness, Education and Resources (M-POWER) that provides the community with health education in the areas of cancer prevention, early detection and screening. Our team empowers community members to take an active role in preventing disease and maintaining overall health. Through outreach, educational workshops, and linking community members to free and/or low-cost screening services, M-POWER works with faith based and secular community partners to minimize health disparities in the Tampa Bay area. With generous funding from the Florida Breast cancer Foundation, Moffit will:

  • Host 3 Facebook Live Events on breast cancer prevention, health equality and clinical trials.
  • Host the first Annual Breast Health and Wellness Open House in collaboration with Moffitt.

North Broward Hospital District d/b/a Broward Health : “BC-STEP : Breast Cancer Survivor Transition and Education Program” $3,570.0

Broward Health's Breast Cancer Survivor Transition and Education Program (BC-STEP) will address the need for transition support from treatment to extended survival among breast cancer survivors who belong to the target population, which includes low-income, indigent, underserved, un/underinsured, and/or ethnic minorities residing in Broward County. BC-STEP's key activity, the provision of education in a small group setting, will increase access to the breast cancer continuum of care from active treatment through survivorship and reduce barriers to quality of life experienced by breast cancer survivors.


Health Education Prevention & Promotion (HEPP): “Faith Based Breast Cancer Outreach” 

Health Education Prevention & Promotion, Inc. (HEPP) is committed to reducing health disparities, and dedicated to changing and saving lives through education, screening, and support. HEPP provides education in both English and Creole. A focus area is breast cancer due to evidence of late-stage diagnosis of cancer, disproportionate breast cancer mortality rates and lack of culturally appropriate information on cancer among Black women, especially Haitians. HEPP's faith-based comprehensive breast cancer awareness and education program seeks to improve beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, screening and treatment behaviors among medically underserved, low literacy and linguistically isolated Black women living in Miami and Homestead. This unique program will aim at improving screening mammography among the target population who have delayed screening due to COVID, lack of insurance and lack of information. The classes will be intergenerational inviting young women, mothers, and grandmothers to come together to learn as rates of breast cancer among young women are alarmingly high. The program will empower Black women to take charge of their breast health. HEPP has partnered with BCCEDP and FIU mobile Mammography among a few to assist women who attend HEPP classes to get screened for free or low cost.


Orlando Health Cancer Institute: “Community Based Education on Breast Cancer Genetic Testing for Underserved Populations in Central Florida”

The purpose of this project is to educate our community about the risk factors associated with breast cancer, genetic screenings, and self-advocacy tools to take control of their breast health. Hosting in-person and virtual educational sessions for patients, providers, caregivers, and community members will allow Orlando health to remain flexible in delivering health information to the public. The content of the breast health education will include (1) types and stages of breast cancer (2) warning signs and early detection (3) methods of diagnosis (4) benign breast changes (5) methods of treatment and patient support, (6) the importance of genetic testing, and (7) the benefits risks and limitation of genetic testing. In addition, we will cover how to access resources and information on testing and where to seek social service support as a follow through for this project.


Watson Clinic Foundation: “Breast Cancer Survivorship Series” 

The Watson Clinic Foundation introduces the Breast Cancer Survivorship Series which aims to provide educational and supportive experiences to survivors of breast cancer via the creation of 2 annual workshop series. The goals are to a) provide information and education for breast cancer survivorship, b) provide resources for a coordinated survivorship care plan and, c) provide supportive pathway experiences through the lens of the arts by leveraging community partnerships. Given the needs of this community for continued care and support these goals would promote patient empowerment and provide healthy, supportive lifestyle options for survivorship. This series of workshops would be held bi-annually, and each would consist of 4 meetings. During each meeting, resources for various supports would be given and benefits of a care plan will be discussed. The first meeting would be an informational workshop with a Watson Clinic Physician speaking on survivorship. The remaining three would be experiential supportive workshops. By partnering with local organizations, patients can try something that could benefit their overall health without a long-term commitment. It would also allow them to assimilate more easily into these healthy and supportive activities beyond the workshop period.


Sharsheret: The Jewish Breast and Ovarian Cancer Community: “Sharsheret's Florida Community Education Initiative”

Through Sharsheret’s Florida Community Education Initiative, Sharsheret will provide critical lifesaving information about the increased risk of breast cancer in the Jewish community, the measures people can take to protect their health before diagnosis, the importance of detecting cancer in the early stages when it is easier to treat or cure, the impact of breast cancer on the Jewish community, and Sharsheret’s national programs that provide support and resources for women and families at high-risk for or living with breast cancer. Jewish communities throughout Florida (i.e., Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough, or Duval) will have access to three of Sharsheret’s educational programs designed for different audiences within the community. These programs include Sharsheret Pink Shabbat, Pink Challah Bakes, and healthy living workshops aimed to educate synagogue or community members, a Young Professional Circle event tailored to the needs of young population, Cultural Competency Trainings for healthcare professionals, or a program specifically for those directly affected by breast cancer.


Community Health Center of West Palm Beach Inc.: “Community Health Worker/Patient Navigator” 

The Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (CHC, the Center) is requesting funding support of its part time Community Health Worker/Patient Navigator (CHW/PN) in order to provide CHC clients with more in-depth breast health education and increase the number of CHC patients who receive navigation services in order to reduce deaths due to late stage breast cancer. The CHW/PN's primary function will be to provide CHC patients (both male and female) with one-on-one and small group breast health education so that they can become proactive advocates for their own breast health outcomes. Ancillary benefits include guiding them through the health care system, assisting with access issues, and tracking interventions and outcomes. By increasing the time focused on the breast health education of CHC's clients, the Center anticipates enabling individuals to take better control of their own health, eliminating barriers to access for health care, and increasing the number of CHC patients who enter, stay in, or progress through the continuum of breast health services.


Community Life Support Inc.: “Community Breast Health Education” 

Over the past 5 years, Community Life Support has diagnosed breast cancers in many young women under the age of 35. These young people were extremely afraid, and partly because of lack of education on the issue of breast cancer. Some could not really understand why at such a young age they were diagnosed with this disease. A lack of knowledge created an additional source of fear in so many of the women. Community Life Support wants to make it a priority to educate at least 500 women under the age of 35 residing in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county for many different reasons, but primarily because it is clear that if they are knowledgeable, they will get to know their bodies, be aware of any changes when they occur and seek medical assistance sooner. It is a well-known fact that “early detection is the best protection.”


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