The Meyer Cancer Center's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is proud to provide a range of cancer screenings, care and education resources for our community through our many programs.
Connecting for Lung Health
Led by Dominic Razon, Connecting for Lung Health recruits Citizen Scientists--community champions with strong ties and broad connections within their respective neighborhoods. The Citizen Scientists receive training on lung health issues, including smoking, cancer, and screening, community engagement, the importance of participation in clinical research, and how these issues relate to their specific communities. They then use this training to engage people in the community on lung health topics through a mix of one-to-one, small group, and more extensive health events.
Weill Cornell Medicine in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers screenings for lung cancers at many of our locations throughout New York City. The Lung Cancer Screening Programs at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicineand NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital provides state-of-the-art, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for people at high risk for lung cancer.
To speak with our lung cancer screening navigator please contact:
Phone: (646) 962- 2976
Hours: Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM ET
Community Health Education and Research Program (CHERP):
Francesse Antoine leads this program that collaborates with volunteers from partnering faith-based and social service organizations in the catchment area to deliver an 8-week program to promote heart disease and cancer risk reduction behaviors. In addition, these volunteers (known as peer health educators) recruit community residents to take the class. Peer health educators and class attendees receive a copy of BWELL4LIFE, a manual developed by the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.
P2P POP (Youth Programming)
This certificate-based program led by Dr. Alia Komsany educates youth on cancer risk and prevention. Our goal is to empower students to take on the role of youth health ambassadors to help to educate their peers and families. The P2P POP youth program is the first step in an ongoing capacity-building process that aims to extend beyond the peer-to-peer education realm, utilizing youth as agents of change amongst the adult population (within their household). This idea came from community feedback on the catchment survey results. Education topics covered by the program include:
1. Infectious disease agents as a cause of cancer (i.e., HPV)
2. Lung health /tobacco awareness
3. Behavioral modifications and cancer prevention (obesity and lifestyle)
4. Cancer screening
5. Cancer disparities
Breast Cancer Screening Navigation
Directed by Dr. Laura Pinheiro, this recently concluded program aimed to increase the number of medically underserved women screened via mammogram based on updated screening guidelines and to ensure timely diagnostic follow-up. The Weill Cornell Breast Center was one of the 33 nationally accredited breast centers to be funded to develop a community-partnered program to help women navigate the healthcare system to complete screening and provide any needed follow-up. The electronic health record identified women receiving their primary care at NYP-WCM and NYP-BMH who had not completed mammograms in the last two years. Eligible women received free navigation services which aimed to help women overcome barriers to scheduling and completing mammograms.
Blood cancer Research Initiative Developing Greater Engagement (BRIDGE) with Community Providers and Patients
Kellie Jack leads the BRIDGE program, which aims to increase the enrollment of a diverse blood cancer patient population in clinical trials at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. In addition, the program addresses widely known barriers preventing patients from enrolling in shots, including financial strain (known as financial toxicity), lack of awareness around clinical trials (among providers and patients), and lack of support in the treatment decision-making process.