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April 1, 2020

To The Breast Cancer Community:

In this unprecedented time, I have taken comfort, and I hope you have as well, in the strength, determination and humor demonstrated by so many in our community. We have patients who are still undergoing treatment for breast cancer, caring for a loved one, and sending videos which make us laugh out loud in order to lighten some very difficult days. 

Even though we are not physically in the office, we continue providing free and confidential services to the breast cancer community. I am so proud of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program staff, volunteers, interns and our contributions. Below are some program highlights which allow us to stay close while keeping our distance.

  • Our dedicated volunteers are covering their hotline shifts from home so there is always someone to speak with a caller in need. If you know someone who needs support, the best way to reach us is by calling our toll free hotline at 1.800.877.8077.

  • We launched a six-week Paths To Wellness Online Series. Starting on March 31st at 5 pm we invited people to sit back, stretch, cook and participate in self-care.

  • The bilingual social workers continue to provide telephonic counseling sessions, facilitate transportation assistance for patients, and make referrals for concrete services for NUMC patients.

  • Our licensed social workers and interns are conducting individual and group sessions with clients. If you are looking for support please contact Erin Nau, LCSW via email at enau@adelphi.edu or leave a message at 516-877-4314

  • We are launching a four-week Art Therapy Support Group in May where participants will use art to explore feelings, increase self-awareness and cope with life’s challenges. To register, call Angela M. Papalia, LMSW at (516) 877-4329 or via email at apapalia@adelphi.edu.

  • The NYS Cancer Services Program is still open and provides free or low-cost cancer screening services. If you or someone you know feels a lump or a mass please contact Angelica Medina at 516.877.4331 or via email at amedina@adelphi.edu

I wish you and your families good health and good spirits as we face challenging times together.

Stay strong and be well,

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Reyna Machado 
Executive Director

 


March 18, 2020

To The Breast Cancer Community:

First, let me assure you that this message does not include new policies or procedures. Rather, I simply wanted to share some reflections and updates on the challenge we are now all facing.

Over the past two weeks, our lives have changed in ways that are almost incomprehensible. My colleague Assistant Director, Angela Papalia, has mentioned the need to “process” information. That’s what all of us are doing: trying to process our current situation. This takes time so please be patient and expect a wide range of emotions. Now is also a time to be patient with family and friends especially those which you will be spending a lot of quality time and quiet time at home with in the coming weeks. 

Moments of crisis often bring out the best in people. I’ve been moved by volunteers who are checking on the staff to make sure we are OK. Clients are calling for mammogram referrals and counseling. Grant applications and reports are being sent and direct funding support for clients is still available. Even though we are not physically in the office, we continue providing services to the breast cancer community. Below are some program highlights. 

  • We appreciate all of our dedicated volunteers who are covering their hotline shifts from home so there is always someone to speak with a caller in need. If you or someone you know needs support, the best way to reach us is by calling our toll free hotline at 1.800.877.8077.
  • We held our Sleep Forum as a webinar last night. In case you missed it, you can view it online by following this link. 
  • The bilingual social workers continue to provide telephonic counseling sessions, facilitate transportation assistance for patients, and make referrals for concrete services for NUMC patients.
  • Our social workers and interns are conducting individual and group sessions with clients. We are here if you need us, reach out to Erin Nau via email at enau@adelphi.edu or leave a message at 516-877-4314.  
  • All of our volunteers can access resources online and we continue to provide the breast cancer community with updates on our organization through our website, social media channels and emails. 

In case we don’t see you in-person or at an event it doesn’t mean we can’t connect. Our Sisters United in Health initiative continues to provide education and resources about your breast health and overall wellness.   

  • Contact us for information about staying healthy, reducing your breast cancer risk, get answers to your questions about breast health and receive links to resources.
  • We are working diligently to develop creative programs to meet the needs of our community during this time. Our in-person workshops and educational sessions can be conducted as online webinars. If you have questions about the topics and how to set up a virtual workshop, please contact Angelica Medina at 516.877.4331 or via email at amedina@adelphi.edu

During these unprecedented times, we remain a community. We will stay close while we keep our distance. Thank you for your support. We will get through this. You are not alone. 

 

Stay strong and be well.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Reyna Machado 
Executive Director


March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Adelphi Breast Cancer Support Groups,
Hotline & Educational Workshops Still Being Offered

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, located at Adelphi University in Garden City, is taking precautions while continuing to provide services to clients during the coronavirus epidemic. The University is closely monitoring news and receiving expert guidance related to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”). “This is a rapidly changing situation,” says executive director Reyna Machado, “we will respond accordingly and communicate our plans to you.” Adelphi University continues to have no known cases of coronavirus. While the University has cancelled classes for the remainder of the week administrative offices are OPEN.
 
Social workers are still meeting clients in-person at our office and at Nassau University Medical Center. Counseling is also being offered via phone and over video conferencing. On-line chat is available. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of clients currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, for the month of March, all English language support groups will be held online using Zoom. Also, for the month of March, our Cafecito, Spanish-language support group members, will receive individual counseling via telephone instead of in-person.

Community outreach events are being rescheduled where there are large gatherings of people in a major venue. We are still conducting health workshops within Nassau County and utilizing universal safety precautions in order to limit the exposure of germs. Community members are still being referred to the Cancer Services Program for free or low-cost mammography screening.
 
“And, of course, our hotline, which is a phone service is still available every day in English and Spanish,” says Machado. The hotline can be reached at 800-877-8077 and callers initially speak with a volunteer who is also a breast cancer survivor. If callers would like additional support they can be transferred to a licensed social worker.
 
Our Forum on Sleep to be held on March 17th will now be a webinar and not an in-person event.
 
Visit our social media accounts for additional program updates.

“Please remember that you are not alone and we can still be reached every day,” says Machado.

Sincerely, 

 

 


Reyna Machado,
Executive Director
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program


March 6, 2020

The Adelphi Breast Cancer Program is closely monitoring news and expert guidance related to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”). While more cases have been reported in the U.S. recently, the risk for most of the American public remains relatively low, even in locations where ongoing community spread is occurring. Nonetheless, we are taking preemptive steps to ensure the safety of our team, clients, and are planning for the continuity of our operations. This is a rapidly changing situation and should this develop, we will respond accordingly and communicate our plans to you.

I am writing to inform you of key updates:

  • Our forum scheduled for March 17th on Sleep Disturbances Related to Breast Cancer will now be a webinar and not an
    in-person event
    . Our office is reaching out to everyone who has already registered for the event and the link to participate online can be found by clicking here

  • Our social workers are still meeting clients in-person at our office and at Nassau University Medical Center. We continue to offer counseling via phone and over video conferencing. Our online chat is also available. 
  • Our breast cancer hotline can be reached at 800.877.8077 and is available 365 days per year in both English and Spanish. Callers initially speak with a volunteer who is also a breast cancer survivor. If callers would like additional support they can be transferred to a licensed social worker. 
  • Adelphi University’s housekeeping staff in the Facilities Management Department continues to utilize hospital-grade cleaning products and protocols. Further, our program has requested additional cleaning of the room where in-person support groups are held as well as all offices. 

We are committed to supporting the breast cancer community and can help by providing updates and resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has published guidance that is continuously revised as more COVID-19 information is learned. Please help keep our community well by following the precautions recommended by the CDC:

  •  Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
  •  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash.
  •  Refrain from touching your hands to your face.
  •  Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (never your hand!).
  •  Avoid handshakes by smiling, nodding or fist-bumping instead.
  •  Stay home if you are sick.

We will continue to communicate with you—please watch your emails, social media accounts and our website for updates to our community outreach events, education workshops and social work services. You are not alone. 

 

Sincerely, 

Reyna Machado, MA, MBA

Executive Director
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

 
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For further information, please contact:

Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
p – 516.877.4320
e – breastcancerhotline@adelphi.edu

Support Hotline: 800.877.8077