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Oregon Spotlight

Familias en Acción

Familias en Acción is a Portland, Oregon nonprofit working to improve the health of the Latino community. It was founded in 1998 to help fill the need for a Latino culturally specific community based organization focused on family well-being. The Cambia Health Foundation awarded a $77,700 grant to Familias en Acción to increase breast cancer screening rates among Latinas in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, and shape policy that removes barriers to care for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer.

Although the rate of breast cancer among Latinas is actually lower than among white and African American women, it is the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. This is because breast cancer tends to be diagnosed at more advanced stages in Latinas, when treatments are less effective.

With the Cambia Health Foundation grant, Familias en Acción will hire a part-time patient navigator who will reach out to Latinas over 40 years old who have rarely or never been screened for breast cancer. The navigator will then work to remove any personal or cultural barriers that might prevent the women from participating in a screening, help them set up an appointment, and help facilitate timely follow-up if needed. Familias en Acción will also collect quantitative and qualitative data throughout the program to develop policy recommendations to help ensure timely follow-up care for women whose screenings have abnormal findings.

Familias en Acción

In an effort to improve the health of the Latino community, Familias en Acción hopes to increase breast cancer screening rates among Latinas.