Biden Cancer Summit
September 21, 2018
Nothing Pink Connects at BC Connect
September 5th, 2018
Kelly Kashmer and Nicole Jerge had the pleasure of attending the first annual BC Connect resource sharing forum for breast health professionals on September 5, 2018 held at Project 658 in Charlotte.
The program was put on in part by the Mecklenburg Breast Health Coalition whose mission is to address all gaps in the breast health/breast cancer continuum of care in Mecklenburg County. Their vision is an important one which involves increasing breast cancer awareness and access to care by connecting individuals with community resources.
Several organizations were represented at the event and had tables with loads of resources about themselves and their missions, many of which were previously unfamiliar to NothingPink. It was great to gain new outlets and resources to better serve women who reach out to NothingPink for assistance during their journey.
We learned about Angel In Disguise, a non-profit run by another breast cancer survivor providing transportation to appointments, to pick up medications, and even to run errands. We spoke with a representative from the Matthews Free Medical Clinic and the Pretty in Pink Foundation, both of which assist with health care expenses for uninsured and under-insured patients. It was truly incredible to be surrounded by so many people with a common goal of supporting women navigating their way through breast cancer.
After visiting with several of the organizations represented, everyone was seated to hear a presentation by the Executive Director of Care Ring, Dr. Don Jonas. Their mission is to empower individuals with limited resources to establish and maintain good health. Much of his presentation focused on the importance of inter-professional collaboration in the care of patients.
The final portion of the morning’s program was a panel discussion on how best to remove barriers and improve patient outcomes in breast care. Panelists included nurse practitioners and breast nurse navigators. It was truly inspiring to hear from these women about all of the resources that exist in Charlotte and the surrounding communities and how much they care for each patient.
We look forward to further collaboration with the Mecklenburg Breast Health Coalition in the future.