Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Breast and GYN Health Project

Information, support and hope

aka BGHP

Arcata, CA

Mission

Vision Statement:
Every member of our North Coast community will have access to a seamless network of care and feel supported and empowered when facing a breast or gynecologic cancer concern.

Mission Statement:
Breast and GYN Health Project is a grassroots community resource for those facing breast or gynecologic cancer concerns.
We promote healthy survivorship through information, hope, and healing support, while encouraging each person to become their own best medical advocate.
We advocate within our community to address breast and gynecologic cancer concerns responsibly and holistically.
We are cancer survivors and support persons healing through service and bearing witness to others.

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Breast and GYN Health Project (BGHP) provides valuable cancer support resources to people on California's rural north coast. All the services are free. Staff and volunteers provide a broad range of support - from helping people find free mammograms, to supporting people when they have a breast lump or gynecologic cancer concerns, through cancer treatment, and beyond. One very special fact about BGHP is that our staff include nurses and physician medical consultants, who are cancer survivors, providing high quality education and information. Warmline Volunteers who are primarily cancer survivors are at the heart of our compassionate support team. Peer support of cancer survivors helping people facing cancer can help transform people's lives. As a grassroots organization, we are not an affiliate of a larger cancer organization. BGHP's funding to provide free services for over 21 years has primarily come from contributions from local individuals and businesses.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Rose Gale-Zoellick

Main Address

987 8th St

Arcata, CA 95521 USA

Formerly Known As

Humboldt Community Breast Health Project

HCBHP

Keywords

breast cancer, gynecologic cancer, support, hope, education, patient navigation, support groups, medical visit preparation, consultation planning, library, peer support, healthy survivorship

EIN

65-1205183

 Number

7961916935

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Cancer concerns cause fear, confusion, denial, grief, and many other reactions which can get in the way of diagnosis, treatment and healing. There are many people for whom access to medical care is a major barrier due to transportation, lack of health care coverage, cultural barriers, language barriers, and more. In rural communities, cancer care is not coordinated for patients, as it maybe in more urban healthcare settings. Patient navigation, education, compassionate support, help with access to resources and peer support are key components to addressing the barriers listed.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Support Groups

Warmline Peer Support

Medical Visit Preparation & Consultation Planning

Lending Library

Information Specialist - Customized Research

Patient Navigation

Community Health Education and Outreach

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Community Health Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

In 2018, BGHP reached 17,089 at community health education events. This includes attending health fairs, community wellness fairs and conducting educational presentations at clubs/organizations.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

These are the total numbers of contacts for all services BGHP provided to individual clients annually

Number of first-time donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goals for 2019: 80% of all women newly diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer will receive support and information from the Breast and GYN Health Project Assist at least 50 low-income women needing financial assistance with information and referrals to financial resources.

Strategy 1: Because most of BGHP's referrals come from family and friends, get the word out about BGHP services via presentations to womens' groups throughout the region, attendance at health fairs, via social media and through BGHP's bi-annual newsletter.

Strategy 2: Because BGHP's second most common referral resource is healthcare providers, conduct targeted communications to primary care, surgeons and oncology practices to provide them information and tools for referrals

BGHP offers a highly experienced, technically competent team to meet our mission to assist our local community as its members face breast or gynecologic cancer. Experienced RN Co-Client Services Director, Experienced Co-Client Services Director specializing in Young Women, and Medical Consultant work with trained peer support volunteers to assist clients with cancer concerns or cancer diagnoses. The Executive Director has over 23 years experience with resources for cancer patients and local health care providers. Unfortunately, we lost a longstanding grant from a national foundation. The loss of the grant resulted in letting go of the RN Breast Health Navigator role. This role was the primary community health educator, liaison between high-risk women in the community and BGHP, and 33% of the Client Services staff role that conducted patient navigation. This has hampered our capacity to provide immediate patient navigation and education to local people facing cancer. BGHP's Medical Consultant attends the local cancer committee and tumor board meetings where she is able to educate the physician community about how BGHP can provide specific assistance for breast or gynecologic cancer patients.

BGHP will compare how many newly diagnosed clients seek services and compare these numbers to the annual estimates of cancer incidence in Humboldt County from the California Cancer Registry/American Cancer Society's "California Cancer Facts and Figures".

BGHP will track how many individuals report they were referred by their doctor and/or whether we received a referral from directly from their healthcare provider. We will compare these figures against last year's figures.

In 2018, BGHP continued to assist over 400 local people facing breast or gynecologic cancer concerns. This is an excellent statistic, because recent California Cancer Registry estimates are that about 100 women will be diagnosed with breast and gynecologic (uterine and cervical) cancers annually in Humboldt and Del Norte counties combines. Most of these clients we assist are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, rather than a concern. The primary referral source is friends and family, followed by referrals from local medical providers. Here are some specific outcomes from 2018: * 386 patient navigation services were provided to clients to help them access not only medical services, but financial and social services resources too. * 153 support group sessions were held of seven different groups. There were 537 support group attendees over the course of the year. * 44 people with cancer concerns received decision support/ medical visit consultations with BGHP's Medical Consultant to help them become better educated about their diagnosis and treatment options. * Over 100 special medical record binders were given out to people newly diagnosed with cancer * More than 90 women sought help to obtain a free wig, breast prosthesis, bra, scarf, etc. * About 50 people with breast or gynecologic cancer received a specially-decorated ChemoKit bag filled with useful items to help them as they underwent chemotherapy. Outreach: During 2018, BGHP reached over 17,000 people in our community with messages about local resources and early detection. Collaboration with local health care providers. BGHP continues to try to encourage local providers to directly refer patients with breast or gynecologic cancer concerns to BGHP for emotional support and education as they go through the diagnosis and treatment process. Open Door Community Health Centers, our area's largest safety net clinic system has begun to include a site visit to BGHP as part of its new provider orientation to community resources. In the Spring and Fall, BGHP distributes packets of useful resource information to 65 medical offices and hospitals in our region. There is material specifically for patients as well as for health care providers about BGHP support services, local resources for low-income women and referral forms.

External Reviews

Awards

Friends Make Good Medicine 2012

United Indian Health Services

Organization of the Year 2011

League of Women Voters (Humboldt County)

Survivor Circle Award 2014

American Society of Radiation Oncology

Financials

Breast and GYN Health Project

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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