Welcome to the

Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach & Navigation Program

We help women in medically underserved communities access breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support services.

The Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program educates women about breast cancer and the critical importance of screening. Early screening can help identify cancer when it can be most effectively treated. The program also assists women in navigating the healthcare system through one-on-one guidance and direct interaction.

Through the Welters Program at Perlmutter Cancer Center, patient navigators identify women who could benefit from breast cancer screening through outreach and educational programs in community venues that women routinely visit, such as beauty salons, churches, and mosques. This includes African American women, who are twice as likely to be diagnosed with aggressive types of breast cancer that are harder to treat, and Hispanic and Latina women, for whom breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death.

Our patient navigators help women secure breast health services, such as low-cost and free mammograms, and provide them with active support, from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship. This may include reminders about and rides to and from medical appointments, assistance with record keeping, and help communicating with doctors and other staff. The program also provides opportunities for women to have access to promising new therapies through clinical trials.

Contact Us

Women at high risk for breast cancer can access screening services by calling 844-902-9355 or emailing bewell@nyumc.org.

About Our Program

Beatrice W. Welters, former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, philanthropist, and Perlmutter Cancer Center advisory board member, established the program in 2016 after her own experience surviving breast cancer.

In addition to contributions from Ms. Welters and her family, the program has received philanthropic support from the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation.

Our Leadership

  • Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH
    Co-Director | Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology

    Dr. Joseph is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at NYU School of Medicine and director of breast surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where she is chair of the Cancer Center committee. She works with women who have breast disease and those who are at high risk of developing it. A recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Leadership in Cancer Care Award, she has been named Physician of the Year at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and one of the top 10 Caribbean-born female doctors in the United States.

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  • Joseph E. Ravenell, MD
    Co-Director | Internal Medicine

    Dr. Ravenell is an associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine and the associate dean for Diversity Affairs and Inclusion at NYU School of Medicine. In 2010, he established the Men’s Health Initiative, a community-based research and outreach program to address health inequities in New York City. The initiative has partnered with more than 200 community-based organizations, provided cancer prevention education to more than 20,000 New Yorkers, and enrolled more than 1,000 black men into research studies that address colorectal cancer screening.

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    Anita McFarlane, MPH
    Senior Program Manager

    Ms. McFarlane has served as the Director of Grants and Public Policy at Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. She has worked in cancer health disparities for more than 20 years.

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    Margaret Cheng, MSN, WHNP-BC
    Case Manager and Clinical Coordinator

    Ms. Cheng is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She received a BA in psychology from Bryn Mawr College before earning a BSN and an MSN at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty minor in adult oncology.

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    Megan Haseltine, LMSW
    Administrative Director, Patient Screening and Navigation Programs

    Ms. Haseltine has worked for the New York State Department of Health and community-based organizations in New York and St. Louis, Missouri. She is an adjunct faculty at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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    Patricia Hepburn-Moody
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Ms. Hepburn-Moody works to increase awareness for cancer research and screening while navigating people through care. She has volunteered for the American Cancer Society.

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    Neftali Perez
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Prior to joining the program, Mr. Perez was a mental health navigator for an ambulatory care clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

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    Berangere Pierre-Louis
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Ms. Pierre-Louis has a background in colorectal cancer navigation as well as advocacy for children with special needs.

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    Karen Rosario
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Ms. Rosario graduated with a BBA in business with a concentration in health. Prior to joining NYU Langone, she volunteered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s patient advocacy office.

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    Lisa Vega
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Ms. Vega has an MBA from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. A breast cancer survivor, she volunteers for the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Greater NYC.

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    Sheila Willis
    Community Health Representative and Patient Navigator

    Ms. Willis has served as a navigator for the American Cancer Society. She is a passionate advocate who shares valuable health information with the public.