WISH LIST: $100: 10 metro cards for transportation to medical and therapy appointments; $500: 10 hours of therapy for 1 client; $1000: 2 workshops on intimacy after breast and cervical cancer
Imagine that you have no health insurance, no primary care physician, and no family or friends nearby. One afternoon a clinician says, "Usted tiene cáncer" (you have cancer). Hundreds of Latinas in the Washington area don't need to imagine: this is already their reality. Founded in 1996 by Latina breast cancer survivors and health professionals, Nueva Vida (New Life) has since delivered support services to over 3,500 Latino families. The only agency of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, it offers comprehensive programs that serve the specific needs of this group – speaking their language, guiding them through the difficult days of diagnosis, and assisting them with access to treatment and life-saving healthcare. The Access Program provides culturally competent and bilingual "patient navigation" through a confusing universe of options; the Survivorship Support Program offers caring, and culturally expert, mental health support. Winner of the 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Community Engagement Award, Nueva Vida has given new life to so many: get engaged too, and support this critically important work.
Larisa C Caicedo
5225 Wisconsin Ave #503
Washington, DC 20015