Welcome to the

Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach & Navigation Program

We help medically underserved women 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 have 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.

Patient Navigator with Patient

Our patient navigators help women access breast cancer screening services and provide support throughout their diagnosis and treatment.

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

For more information about our screening services or for assistance with making an appointment, please call 844-902-9355 or email bewell@nyulangone.org.

About Our Program

Beatrice W. Welters, former U.S. 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 Cancer Surgery

    Dr. Joseph is a professor in the Departments of Surgery and Population Health at NYU Langone and vice chair for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Department of Surgery and the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Dr. Joseph also serves as 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


    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 Grossman 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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    Megan Haseltine, LMSW

    Administrative Director, Patient Screening and Navigation Programs

    Ms. Haseltine oversees the administration of community-based cancer navigation programs and screening initiatives for Perlmutter Cancer Center. Previously, she worked for the New York State Department of Health in multiple roles and at community-based organizations as a licensed social worker. She also served as adjunct faculty at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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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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    Yania Jean François

    Administrative Coordinator

    Ms. François is an administrative coordinator for the Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is fluent in Spanish.

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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 (Jackie) 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. Before joining NYU Langone, she volunteered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s patient advocacy office.

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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.