The Breast and Prostate Peer Education Project
The Breast and Prostate Peer Education (BPPE) Project is a new program funded by the NYSDOH and executed by Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and other agencies across New York State. The goal of the program is to increase screenings for breast and prostate cancer by educating Sullivan County residents about the benefits of early detection and introducing residents to programs that can help them get appropriate screenings.
The Sullivan County BPPE focuses on two priority populations. The first group is women between the ages of 50 and 74 who have not been screened for breast cancer according to the current clinical guidelines or who have experienced changes in symptoms. The second priority population is men 50 years and older or those that may be at higher risk for prostate cancer due to family history, race, or ethnicity. From within those groups, CRMC is concentrating its efforts on individuals who are uninsured or underserved due to socio-economic status, geographic isolation or language barriers. An important component of the Sullivan County BPPE will be to link people who need screenings with the doctors who provide them as well as to healthcare service agencies that can help with costs, language barriers and transportation.
The Program educators are looking to network with community groups whose membership includes individuals from the target populations or that serve the target populations. If there is any interest in scheduling a group presentation or one on one encounters please contact CRMC at 845-794-3300 and ask for the Breast and Prostate Peer Education program.
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