February 1, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $37.7 Million Awarded to Improve Access to Breast Cancer Screening Across New York State

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $37.7 Million Awarded...

Funding Eliminates Barriers for Screening Procedures

 

Builds on "Get Screened, No Excuses" Initiative; One of the Most Aggressive Efforts in the Nation to Expand Screening

 

Current Initiatives Already Reaching More than 32,000 Women in New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $37.7 million in funding as part of the "Get Screened, No Excuses" initiative to improve access to breast cancer screening for New Yorkers. Funds are being used to support peer educators in community settings, make patient navigators available to help women as they undergo screening and other necessary follow-up care, and operate mobile mammography vans in underserved neighborhoods to bring health services to New Yorkers.  

"This administration continues the most aggressive action in the nation to break down any barriers to breast cancer screening because early detection is the best possible treatment," Governor Cuomo said. "By providing information on the importance of mammograms and expanding access to cutting-edge screening options, these programs will address the needs of thousands of New Yorkers and help establish healthier, stronger communities in every corner of this great state."

"Building off of New York State's successful Get Screened, No Excuses campaign to promote breast cancer screenings statewide, we are continuing to double down on our efforts and invest in healthcare and education programs that increasingly expand access to these potentially life-saving services," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We know mammograms and cancer screenings must be available for all New Yorkers. That's how we'll continue to save lives."

Launched in October 2016, 10 peer education programs work within community settings to educate women about the importance of regular breast cancer screening, offer referrals to screening, and provide information to men about prostate cancer. Thirty-three patient navigation programs, which also launched in 2016 and are located within many of New York's nationally accredited breast centers, help women navigate the healthcare system to complete screening and provide any needed follow-up. Funding is also supporting the purchase of six new mobile mammography vans that will begin offering breast cancer screenings in 2018 to make it easier for women to get to these services. The funding will enable contractors to form community partnerships across several counties to promote and conduct local breast cancer screening events.

These statewide programs are successfully reducing barriers to breast cancer screening for women, including those who lack access to preventive health care because they are economically disadvantaged, live in underserved inner-cities, or live in remote rural areas.

The awardees for each initiative are included below by region:

Region

Awardee

Program

New York City

Columbia University Medical Center Clinical Breast Cancer Program

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation - Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

Maimonides Medical Center

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, The Breast Cancer Program

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Mobile Mammography

New York City

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation - Jacobi Medical Center of the North Bronx Healthcare Network

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

New York-Presbyterian/Queens

Screening Patient Navigator

New York City

Weill Cornell Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Brookhaven Memoral Hospital Medical Center Breast Cancer Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Breast Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Breast Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Huntington Hospital Breast Care Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Fortunato Breast Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Nassau Health Care Corporation

Community Peer Education

Long Island

Northwell Health Breast Cancer Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Community Peer Education

Long Island

South Nassau Communities Hospital Breast Care Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Long Island

Stony Brook University Hospital

Mobile Mammography

Long Island

Winthrop University Hospital Breast Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Catskill Regional Medical Center

Community Peer Education

Mid-Hudson

Good Samaritan Hospital of Suffern, The Center for Breast Health

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, The Ashikari Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, The Carol H. Taylor Breast Health Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Northern Westchester Hospital, The Breast Institute

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Nyack Hospital, The Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Orange Regional Medical Center Ray W. Moody MD Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Putnam Hospital Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

St. John's Riverside Hospital, The Ashikari Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, The Breast Center at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

Westchester Medical Center Comprehensive Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Mid-Hudson

White Plains Hospital, The Breast Program

Screening Patient Navigator

Capital Region

Northeast Health - Samaritan Hospital Women's Health Services

Screening Patient Navigator

Capital Region

St. Peter's Health Partners

Community Peer Education

North Country

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Community Peer Education

North Country

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, The Breast Health Center at the Connection for Women

Screening Patient Navigator

Mohawk Valley

St. Mary's Healthcare at Amsterdam

Community Peer Education

Central New York

Breast Care Partners, LLC

Screening Patient Navigator

Central New York

State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse

Mobile Mammography

Central New York

SUNY Upstate Medical University Breast Care Program

Screening Patient Navigator

Southern Tier

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc.

Mobile Mammography

Southern Tier

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Lourdes Breast Care Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Southern Tier

St. James Mercy Hospital

Community Peer Education

Southern Tier

United Health Services Hospital Breast Center

Screening Patient Navigator

Western New York

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Community Peer Education

Western New York

Rochester General Hospital

Mobile Mammography

Western New York

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Screening Patient Navigator

Western New York

United Memorial Medical Center

Community Peer Education

Western New York

University of Rochester Medical Center, Comprehensive Breast Care at Pluta, the JP Wilmot Cancer Institute

Screening Patient Navigator

Western New York

Windsong Breast Care

Screening Patient Navigator

Western New York

Windsong Radiology Group, PC

Mobile Mammography

"Early detection is a key to better health outcomes and saving lives," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. "Governor Cuomo's package of breast cancer programs will have a tremendous impact on the lives of tens of thousands of New York women and their families."

"Increased access to breast cancer screening will save lives," said Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health.  "This funding to expand programs throughout the state will reduce barriers and help countless women."

"Women should not face financial barriers to breast cancer screening," said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried.  "This critical funding will help ensure access to screening in community settings and support for follow-up care."

Today's announcement builds on the successful "Get Screened, No Excuses" initiatives currently in place and available to all New Yorkers regardless of insurance status. These efforts include legislation requiring hospitals and hospital extension clinics to offer extended hours for mammography screening; legislation that prohibits insurers subject to New York State law from requiring cost-sharing for screening mammograms and diagnostic testing; expanded paid leave for public employees to receive breast cancer screening; and a public awareness campaign to encourage screening.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in New York State. Each year, over 15,000 women in New York State are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 2,500 die from the disease. Screening for breast cancer can increase the likelihood of identifying cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful.

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