Comadre a Comadre
The Comadre a Comadre program’s mission is to empower the lives of Hispanic/Latina women and their loved ones through advocacy, education, information, resources, and support about breast health and breast cancer.
The word “Comadre”
The word “Comadre” is a term used to describe the non-biological close female kinship that exist in the Hispanic/Latino extended family unit.
Description of the Program
The Comadre a Comadre Model is an innovative approach to peer support and patient navigation since it relies on ethnically and racially diverse breast cancer survivors who have been traditionally an underutilized resource for their community. Cancer survivors provide a wealth of personal insight, knowledge, expertise and spiritual intuitive awareness that is essential to integrate into proposed expansion and further development of services. Breast cancer survivors bring a lifelong passion and ability to motivate and inspire others to adapt and survive from a traumatic illness.
The Comadre a Comadre program is a culturally and linguistically competent one-on-one peer psychosocial support intervention designed to improve breast cancer outcomes among Hispanic/Latina women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Implemented as a community-based program in 2005, the Comadre a Comadre program was co-founded with the input and participation of six Hispanic/Latina breast cancer survivors, and their loved ones, who shared their experiences about both the lack of culturally sensitive psychosocial support available to them and their own lack of knowledge of services when they were diagnosed. Survivors bring a lifelong passion and ability to motivate and inspire others to adapt and survive from a traumatic illness. This positive role modeling is critical, and not only are the Comadres survivors but also representative of the Hispanic/Latino culture of the women being reached.
The Comadre a Comadre program is a holistic program that embodies strong Hispanic/Latino cultural coping practices, such as prayer and family support to address the many practical challenges faced by cancer patients. The Program’s staff and volunteers are bilingual and Hispanic/Latino.
CNM Komen Awards Comadre Program Funds For Emergency Funds to Assist Hispanic/Latina Women Undergoing Treatment for Breast Cancer
CNM Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Emergency Funds are now available to Hispanic/Latina woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer through the Comadre a Comadre Program. These funds were made possible through the generous funding of the CNM Affiliate of the S.G.Komen Race for the Cure 2013-2014 grant award. We are now able to assist with financial support for non-medical items and transportation cost associated with treatment. For example- gasoline cards for radiation ($100) and chemotherapy ($50) (Albuquerque and rural patients as well) and direct on-time payment to merchants in order to alleviate the mounting of cost of household expenses or bills for these patients.
What is the eligibility criteria for the use of these funds? 1) H/L breast cancer patient undergoing treatment for breast cancer; and/or 2) facing financial hardship due to uninsured or underinsured status; and/or marital status/ or unemployed. Once you fax the referral our Program Navigators will contact patient and conduct an assessment. It is important to refer these patients early in their diagnostic phase and certainly in the early phase of their treatment. I appreciate you assisting us to get the word out to your clinic nurses, oncology social workers etc. so that we can have eligible patients apply for these funds.
How to refer these patients? Please use the recent Comadre Provider Referral form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. Once completed please fax to our dedicated fax machine. Please feel free to contact me directly (277-2133) or the Comadre Navigators (277-2398) for more details.