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Grantee Spotlight : Korean Community Services' Patient Navigation

“I missed many past opportunities to get breast cancer screening done on time.” This was a direct quote form our client Mrs. K.
Mrs. K like many working women, shared her story and explained how her long working hours prevented her from going to get screening done on time.
Although she realized the importance of screening because her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer just past her 80th birthday; this only created more anxiety as she herself began to experience growing pain in one breast. But her lack of insurance coverage and busy life kept her away from the hospital doors. The very real concerns about the cost and finding access that would not interfere with her working hours created a very real barrier.
She learned about the KCS free screening event from a Korean media outlet TKC, she immediately signed up and December 6th was the date of screening. Unfortunately, our vendor operates a van that is 10-15 years old and the mobile van’s power generator installed in the vehicle failed on the appointment date. Of course, we contacted all clients to apologize and reschedule for the following appointments. Nearly all of the clients who were asked to revisit completed their screenings in December 2016 and January 2017, within 3 months of reported van failure.
Nevertheless, KCS project coordinator reacted just in time, so she was able to get screened at CSP Queens within the same month. For every screening event, interpretation services by our female staffs are provided both at the registration and inside the screening vehicles, where clients are communicating directly with clinical service providers.
She received the results of her Mammogram and no abnormalities were found. In addition, she was given information and provided Pap smear and colorectal cancer testing. She was greatly relieved following years of doubts and fear. She now feels comfortable returning to our agencies and to our other screening events as she knows her fears and needs will be addressed and there will be no cost.
This spotlight was provided by Luke Kim, Coordinator/Patient Navigator, and his team at Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

A Grantee's Perspective

Chenango Health Network has received grant funding from the NYS Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for many years. AVON BHOP support has enabled our agency to conduct our Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign, which motivates, encourages and supports hundreds of women who live in this rural upstate county to be screened for breast cancer and receive necessary treatment and support. Read More