Cancer Navigator Yasmin Hung

Avon Breast Care Program

The Avon Breast Care Program works to ensure that women who have had abnormal mammogram findings receive appropriate and timely diagnostic follow-up and care to improve their health outcomes. Individualized services particularly address the needs of the Latina population of Chelsea.

Overview

Since 2001, the Avon Foundation has generously provided critical funding to help the Massachusetts General Hospital reduce disparities in breast cancer in Boston through the MGH Avon Breast Care Program. The goal of this program is to establish models for breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and care that would effectively penetrate the disadvantaged minority communities in greater Boston. The Avon Breast Care Program serves MGH Chelsea patients as well as patients from Mattapan Community Health Center and Harbor Health Services (Geiger Gibson, Neponset and Hyannis Community Health Centers). The program promotes screening, timely follow-up of abnormal findings, and ensures early detection and comprehensive treatment for patients with breast cancer.

About this Program

Since its inception in May 2001, the MGH Avon Breast Care Program has served 12,491 patients, including 240 patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

2015 Outcomes

  • 1,816 patients received patient navigator assistance with screening.
  • Ninety-two percent of patients referred for abnormal follow-up between 10/1/07 and 12/31/14 arrived to a first appointment in 60 days or fewer.
  • Breast health outreach/education events reached 1487 participants.

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