After the words, “you have cancer” I didn’t hear anything else that was said. I was in a state of shock and couldn’t absorb anything else.
The Ozark Affiliate hears this sentiment often from breast cancer survivors. In order to address this huge concern, one of the affiliate’s funding priorities is to provide patient navigation and advocacy. Navigators are important to the continuum of care because they assist patients at all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. One of the affiliate’s 5 patient navigators is located in the Madison County area and operates through the Madison County Health Coalition.
Madison County Health Coalition (MCHC) Breast Health Navigator, Donna Graham advocates for breast cancer patients and educates others in the area. The navigation targets low-income, underinsured people to ensure that ALL women receive access to quality care in a timely manner. Responsibilities of the navigator include connecting breast cancer patients to available services, providing support services, educating the public about early breast cancer detection methods and continuing the “Breast Friends” Breast Cancer Support Group. To address barriers to care and financial burdens for breast cancer patients, MCHC uses Komen grant funds to provide financial assistance to current breast cancer patients through gasoline cards and lymphedema supplies. In addition to navigation services, MCHC offers free screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and breast MRIs and provides educational materials in Spanish to the Hispanic community.
If you would like more information regarding this Ozark Affiliate grant program, please contact the Breast Health Navigator, Donna Graham at (479) 738-2612.