Our Story

 

Latinas Contra Cancer is raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of the health care experience.

Latinas Contra Cancer seeks to create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers. LCC strives to eliminate health inequities while working to improve the quality of and access to healthcare systems. LCC does this through direct service and by building the capacity of Latino communities to better understand cancer so they may advocate for themselves in health care settings.

Founded in 2003 by award winning journalist and visionary cancer survivor Ysabel Duron, Latinas Contra Cancer works to create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers. This Latina founded and led agency, addresses the needs of Latinos across the cancer continuum (prevention, diagnosis, treatment, patient support, survivorship and end of life), by providing health education, patient navigation, survivorship support, research and advocacy.

LCC works with diverse nonprofits, schools, churches, healthcare systems, universities and government entities to create real community change and directly impact the lives of those we serve. We use culturally appropriate events to engage residents in screening activities and when needed match them with a promotora – a vetted peer from a similar background to that of our clients, who is trained to help clients navigate cancer and the various health systems with which they may interact. That means that we provide culturally and linguistically sensitive  health education, patient navigation, and survivorship support. As a Latina-created and led agency, we understand the barriers that our families encounter such as: cultural and language gaps between themselves and providers; limited resources (lack of income, employment that does not include sick leave, no or low health insurance, lack of transportation, suitable housing, or childcare); lack of awareness about cancer risks, prevention information, screening methods; and, fear of bad news, pain, or deportation. In short, we’re working to increase access to screening, healthcare and daily resources for families facing a myriad of challenges, which make their healing process manageable and sustainable.

Since 2003, LCC has educated over 5,000 individuals about cancer, resulting in hundreds of preventive screenings and many early detections. In 2010, LCC piloted the first of its kind patient navigator program at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Sobrato Cancer Center and has served 500 Spanish speaking cancer patients through thousands of patient navigator interactions and monthly support groups. Using its in-house curriculum, LCC has trained over 200 community health educators (promotoras) from Florida to Texas and throughout California. LCC has convened six National Latino Cancer Summits bringing together 1,000 researchers, advocates, community health workers. In 2019, LCC celebrated the opening of its Wig & Prosthesis Boutique. Since it’s opening in March, the Boutique has served nearly 60 women in need and at no charge.

Latinas Contra Cancer strives to eliminate health inequities by identifying and removing the obstacles underserved Latino populations face within healthcare systems when accessing health education, prevention and care.  We do this both through direct service and enhancing the capacity of Latino communities to understand cancer issues and effectively advocate for themselves in health care settings.

Current Programs

Health Education

Cancer Health Bingos, Presentations, Health Information Tables

 Patient Navigation

Identification of People in Need of Screenings, Clinics and Hospital Navigation , Post Diagnosis Navigation at Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center Sobrato Cancer Center

Survivor Support

Monthly Support Groups, One-on-One Therapy, Survivor Community Calendar of Events, Website Resource Page, and No cost Wig & Prosthesis Boutique

Research & Advocacy

Biennial National Latino Cancer Summit, Participatory Research and Focus Groups, Survivor/Caregiver-led Research, Patient Advocacy