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The Hmong Women's Heritage Association, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, helps to support the Southeast Asian community in Sacramento. They provide breast health education, nurse navigation, and assistance to the Hmong, Mien, and Loatian communities.

See the interviews with the Executive Director and Project Coordinator below for more information on the program. Also, check out the interview with a patient for her experience with breast cancer and the Hmong Women's Heritage Association.

 

Interview with Executive Director Kendra Thao

"Our project is really about educating the Southeast Asian community, the women of that community, about breast cancer. It's really about getting over the cultural barriers that surround cancer and overcoming the taboo of saying, "I have breast cancer". We have workshops where we tell them how to get breast exams. Aside from the education portion of our program, we provide navigation: transportation, interpretation services, how to talk to their husbands, how to talk to their healthcare providers, etc." Click here to continue reading.

 

Interview with Southeast Asian Breast Health Project Coordinator Youa Lo

"Our program focuses on preventative care for Southeast Asian women. The program will increase awareness of breast cancer and early detection by disseminating material throughout community events. We facilitate culture sensitive material and supportive groups for survivors and family members. Finally, we provide assistance and navigation." Click here to continue reading.

 

Interview with Patient Zoua Thao

"My name is Zoua Thao and I am a Hmong woman from Thailand. I am married and I have a daughter and a son. I came to the United States on March 12, 2006, and have been in Sacramento for 7 years. When I lived in Thailand, I worked in the fields to earn money to provide for my family. While I was working in the garden one day, I noticed that one side of my breasts was really tight, even though I wasn't pregnant. For a while, the tightness went away. One day, I felt it when I was lying down: a little bump, the size of my thumb. As time went by, it got bigger. Click here to continue reading Zoua's story."

To learn more about the Hmong Women's Heritage Association, please visit them at http://hmongwomenheritage.org/


 

The California Health Collaborative in Chico, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, hosts the Clinical Education Coordination and Nurse Navigation program (CECaNN). This program is designed to help uninsured and underinsured individuals. The program assists individuals in obtaining breast health education and navigating the medical system for their breast health needs.

See the interview with the Project Coordinator and Nurse Navigator for more information on the program. Also, check out the interview with a patient for her experience with breast cancer and the CECaNN program.

 

Interview with Project Coordinator Wendy Kaplan and Nurse Navigator Patty Molinaro
"The name of our project is CECaNN which stands for Clinical Education Coordination and Nurse Navigation. We serve women who are 250% below the federal poverty level and are uninsured or underinsured residing in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Plumas. We provide nurse navigation or help navigating the medical system: we explain the diagnosis, provide emotional support, and coordinate with providers for patients to receive necessary services. We have fee-for-service agreements with local providers. Also, we provide money for support and transportation. Before we accept women into our program, we make sure they don't quality for some other program. Finally, we partner with other organizations that offer funding to help out our patients." Click here to continue reading.
 
Interview with Patient Delena Story
"My name is Delena Story. I am 60 and I have 4 children. I have been married for almost 37 years now. I have always had a pretty active life and have worked pretty hard. For the last 25 years, I have had a house keeping business. In 1994, I had a mammogram that came back suspicious and I had a biopsy done. About 3 years ago, during a self-breast exam, I felt a lump. I didn't have insurance and I had tried to purchase it but I couldn't make the premium. I figured if I didn't die in a year, I didn't have breast cancer." Click here to continue reading Delena's story.
To learn more about the California Health Collaborative, please visit them at www.healthcollaborative.org.


The California Health Collaborative in Fresno, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, hosts the Patient Navigation and Support Project (PNSP). This is a program that seeks to provide diagnostic services to symptomatic women and men. Also, the program works towards increasing compliance with treatment through financial assistance and nurse navigation. This program is offered to 14 Komen counties.

See the interview with the Project Director for more information on the program.

 
 Interview with Project Director, Debbie Garrett
 
"Our program is the Patient navigation and Support Project (PNSP). We target women under the age of 40 and men who do not qualify for any other government program. Those that we target are symptomatic. We don't offer screenings if someone has a family history for breast cancer; they must have an actual symptom. So, mainly we do diagnostic screenings." Click here to continue reading.
 
To learn more about the California Health Collaborative, please visit them at www.healthcollaborative.org.

 

Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, hosts the Mammograms for All Nevada County program (MANC). This program aims to increase early detection in breast cancer in the Nevada County area. The program will provide screening, diagnostic services, and breast health education to those in the county.

See the interview with the Project Director for more information on the program. Also, check out the interview with a patient for her experience with MANC.

 
 
Interview with Project Director Dr. Melisa Agness
"Our program provides free or low cost services to uninsured and underinsured community members. We are trying to reach those who haven't been getting mammograms. Our program also seeks to provide transportation for thsoe who can't necessarily make it to the city for services-we are a rural community." Click here to continue reading.
 
Interview with Patient Linda Hohns
"My name is Linda Hohns. I will be 50 years old next month. I am married and I work at home, but sometimes I go out to transcribe medical and legal documents. I love softball and baseball, although I don't actually have a favorite team. Even though I do not have breast cancer, I am a part of the MANC program. A while back, I was working as a transcriber at the hospital. One day, I had some free time and I saw a flier for the program. I went into Dr. Agness's office and inquired about the program. I got an appointment within 10 minutes. Dr. Agness took me in and we talked about my mammogram and what I needed to know about my health. She made me feel good that i was getting a free program, and not ashamed." Click here to continue reading Linda's story.





Chapa-De Indian Health Program, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, works to help the underserved in the Sierra, Placer, and Nevada regions. They provide diagnostic services and referrals. One of their main goals is to increase treatment compliance and breast health education.

See the interview with the Project Directors below for more information on the program.


Interview with Project Directors Peggy Bartley and Debbie Arvary
 
"Our program at Chapa-De's is designed to help serve the underserved population in the Nevada, Placer, and Sierra counties. The main thing we are focusing on is treatment complaince. A lot of our patients have problems with follow-throughs and keeping current with their health care. Our main focus is getting patients who are due/overdure for mammograms in here to get them." Click here to continue reading.
 
 To learn more about Chapa-De Indian Health, please visit them at http://www.chapa-de.org/




 

 
 

CommuniCare Health Centers, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, serves women under the age of 40. The goal of their program is to help women under 40 receive the breast health care that they need and would otherwise not get. CommuniCare Health Center targets Yolo county and those who are uninsured and underinsured.

See the interview with the Project Director for more information.



Interview with Project Director Jean Mackin

"The goal of our project is to provide diagnostic mammograms for women under the age of 40. We are in a rather rural area, so we are doing mobile mammogram clinic to reach those who can't travel. We will do their breast exams for them and get their screening mammograms. Those under 40 are getting much needed diagnostic services." Click here to continue reading.

To learn more about CommuniCare Health Centers, Inc., please visit them at www.communicarehc.org/



 

 
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The Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, works to educate the Hmong community about breast cancer. This program is purely educational; they do not offer diagnostic services. However, this program is designed to raise breast health awareness and assist patients in finding the services that they need.

See the interview with the Project Director for more information.

See the interview with the Project Directors for more information on the program.



Interview with Project Directors Yeng Xiong and Seng Yeng
"We are hoping to target Hmong females and males, 35 years and older within Butte County because the Hmong here are underserved and they lack education about breast health and breast cancer." Click here to continue reading.
To learn more about the Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County, please visit them at their website http://www.hmongculturalcenter.net/





Marshall Medical Center

Marshall Medical Center, with funding from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, hosts a strong breast cancer program. This program works to identify and help men and women obtain the diagnostic services and treatments that they require. Also, Marshall Medical Center offers a variety of programs such as support groups and yoga for their patients.

See the interview with the Project Director for more information.

Interview with Project Directors, Wendy Goossen and Carol Case
"At the Marshall Medical Center, our job is to help those who need diagnostic services get them. If their mammograms or other screening tests come back suspicious, we help them schedule their biopsies. We have been able to decrease the amount of time between being told that a test came back with a problem and getting a biopsy done from 26 days to under a week." Click 
to continue reading.
To learn more about the Marshall Medical Center, please visit them at http://www.marshallmedical.org/