I have been working as a cancer health educator and navigator since 2008. Through my work I have witnessed the physical, emotional, and economic burden that cancer has on patients and their families from the time an abnormality is found, through treatment, survivorship, and even end of life.
Professional Background and Education
- Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
- Health Promotion Manager, MD Sites 2012 – Present
- Cancer Care Navigator 2009- Present
- Breast Health Coordinator 2008-2012
- Bachelors of Business Administration; Minor: Economics (Expected May 2017) University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
- National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), and have been participating on their annual Lobby Day since 2011
- Susan G. Komen Community Report- Key Informant 2010 and 2015
Why I Became an Advocate
Witnessing the impact of breast cancer on individuals, families, and communities and the difference in access to care dependent upon healthcare coverage motivated me to become an advocate. Realizing the number of resources invested in cancer research, treatment, and support, yet the recognizing the isolation of information, lack of coordination, and inequitable access that exists encouraged me to take advantage of opportunities to become involved in activities that can make a positive impact towards finding a cure that is accessible to all.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
- National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD- Graduate 2010
- Advocacy Interests:
- Increase access to the participation of minorities in clinical trials, including the design of the trial, through education.
- Equity and affordable access to care/treatment for everyone.
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)