Breast and GYN Health Project

Information, support and hope

aka BGHP   |   Arcata, CA   |  www.bghp.org

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 free services over the past 24 years have primarily come from the generous contributions from local, grassroots, individuals and businesses.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Rose Gale-Zoellick

Main address

987 8th St

Arcata, CA 95521 USA

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Formerly known as

Humboldt Community Breast Health Project

HCBHP

EIN

65-1205183

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. Although great strides have been made in cancer treatment, the emotional impacts of cancer remain the same as they have been for decades, particularly for people who live alone. 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Support Groups

BGHP has seven support groups:
* Arcata Breast Cancer Support Group
* Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
* Advanced Disease Support Group
* Amazon Writers Group
* Young Women's Support Group
* Breast Cancer Support Group for Spanish-speakers
* Mindfulness Meditation
* Lymphoma & Blood Cancers group meets at BGHP

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Warmline Volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves, greet and welcome people who call BGHP or walk into our drop-in center. These trained and dedicated volunteers stay in contact with clients as they travel their cancer journeys to help them navigate the system and provide compassionate listening so clients know they are not alone.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Trained staff, generally an MD or RN, who are cancer survivors meet with clients who are about to face an important medical visit where medical decisions will be made. The staff help clients identify their questions, concerns, values, etc. so they can make the most of their time in the visit with the physician.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

BGHP has a large lending library with books, CDs and DVDs. The topics in the library range from clinical resources to nutrition, and stress reduction to spirituality, books about how to talk to children of all ages and resources for family and friends.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

BGHP has a retired professor who is a cancer survivor, who monitors the latest research and compiles information in our electronic library. She performs customized research for clients about topics of interest.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Support negotiating the healthcare system, from coaching to direct assistance contacting healthcare provider offices

Population(s) Served
Adults

Speaking to groups of people about breast and gynecologic cancer facts and figures, how these affect people in our community and resources to help. Health fair tabling and information in the media are also part of this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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

Non-Profit Leader of the Year 2019

Kiwanis of Henderson Center

Affiliations & memberships

Kiwanis of Eureka - Henderson Center 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Patient Navigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

During COVID-19, nationally, huge drops in access to health care were noted. We experienced the same drop in people accessing services.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Health Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In 2020, due the COVID-19 pandemic year, very few in-person events happened. After an enthusiastic start to the year, everything after March 19th was an online educational activity.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are the total numbers services BGHP provided to individual clients annually

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, all in-person fundraising events were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Number of clients who report adequate participation in their own treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Patient Navigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 was our first year trying to collect this data. Forty four individuals responded to this question about feeling more empowered to participate in their treatment out of 400 surveyed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals for 2021:
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 groups throughout the region, attend 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 our Physician Medical Consultant work with trained peer support volunteers to assist clients with cancer concerns or cancer diagnoses. The Executive Director has over 20 years experience with resources for cancer patients and local health care providers.

BGHP's staff work closely with client's medical teams - primary care, local oncology and out of area oncology - to help patients try to have the best outcome possible. The Physician Medical Consultant attends many of the weekly tumor boards. The Executive Director attends the locally accredited cancer program's quarterly cancer committee meetings.

During 2020's COVID-19 pandemic, BGHP provided services in-person as well as offering volunteers/staff to work from home. Established clients experienced tremendous support which went uninterrupted. New client numbers dropped, as people had trouble and declined to seek care in the early part of the pandemic. As BGHP went into the Fall, people with cancer concerns and cancer began reaching out again, so our new client numbers returned to average levels.

In 2019, BGHP continued to assist over 400 local people (our clients) facing breast or gynecologic cancer concerns. This shows BGHP's impact, 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 2019:
* 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 628 support group attendees over the course of the year.

* 37 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.

* 83 special medical record binders were given out to people newly diagnosed with cancer

* 86 women sought help to obtain a free wig, breast prosthesis, bra, scarf, etc.

* Over 25 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 2019, BGHP reached 13,478 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 over 75 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    BGHP serves people, on California's north coast region, with breast or gynecologic cancer or cancer concerns. All people are eligible for services. People are eligible for services regardless of age, gender, income or insurance status. We are able to serve people who speak Spanish. All services are free of charge, and our services are currently not billable to any insurance, so we do not ask for insurance information or any fees for our services.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A survey was conducted in the Fall 2020, as well as occasionally via email surveys. We also survey all individuals who receive our monthly eNewsletter and eBulletin updates at least one a month. These publications provide educational information, event information, highlights of volunteers and clients, as well as updates about services.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have noticed that by asking for feedback, our clients, donors and volunteers are more engaged with trying to make our services and communications stronger.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Breast and GYN Health Project

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gary Ogle

AFLAC Regional Sales Coordinator

Term: 2018 - 2023

Peggy Buchanan

Realtor, Community Realty

Nancy Dean

Retired, National Weather Service-Eureka, Lead Meteorologist

Terry Bean

Retired Teacher

Keri Furtado

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

Jacque Futoran

Retired Business Owner & Massage Therapist

Glenn Hurlburt

Retired Engineer with Cal Trans

Heidi Chappell

Program Coordinator, NCTP Humboldt County Public Health Dept

Ann Jadro-Bettiga

HR Director, Coast Central Credit Union

Theatta Smith

Broker, Stan Smith Insurance Services

Laura McEwen

Oral Health Coordinator, Humboldt County Public Health Dept

Lancey Johnston

RN, Cardiovascular Lab Supervisor, Providence St. Joseph Health, Eureka

Genie Brady

Mortgage loan processor, SN Servicing

Amy Bubenik

Database Administrator, St. Joseph Hospital/Redwood Memorial Hospital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.