Welcome to the

Communities Partnering in Navigation in New York City Program

We partner with patients to help navigate colorectal and breast cancer screening resources in New York City communities.

The Communities Partnering in Navigation in New York City Program at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center helps people in medically underserved areas of New York City access screening for colorectal cancer and breast cancer, regardless of their income or insurance status.

Dr. Joseph Ravenell Meets with a Patient in a Barbershop

Dr. Joseph Ravenell promotes colorectal screening as part of a community health outreach program in New York City barbershops.

Our patient navigators conduct outreach events at churches, community-based organizations, and local businesses to provide information about and access to affordable breast cancer screening and colorectal cancer screening. They also offer help navigating the healthcare system.

Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Navigation Program

The Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Navigation Program helps men and women in medically underserved communities across New York City access affordable colorectal health services. Our patient navigators help people access screenings, such as at-home stool testing or colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. It’s most treatable if diagnosed early. Nearly all early-stage colorectal cancers are detected through screening.

While there are risk factors for colorectal cancer, the majority of people who develop it have no family history of the condition. It is most common in people age 50 or older.

Breast Cancer Outreach and Navigation Program

The Breast Cancer Outreach and Navigation Program helps women in medically underserved communities across New York City access affordable breast cancer screening services.

Although breast cancer can affect any woman, African American women are twice as likely as other groups to be diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer that are harder to treat. Among Hispanic and Latina women, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death.

Our outreach and navigation program helps identify women in these communities who could benefit from screening, such as mammograms, and connects them with affordable breast health services. While there are risk factors for breast cancer, many women who develop it have no known risk factors or family history of the condition. Screening is the most reliable way to find and treat breast cancer early.

We provide additional breast cancer services to medically underserved communities through the Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program.

Contact Us

To connect with one of our patient navigators and access screening services, call 844-902-9355 or email bewell@nyumc.org.

Two partners collaborate to offer this program: the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and SHARE. It was funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through a contract with Public Health Solutions.

Our Leadership

  • 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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  • 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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    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

    Before 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 in 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.