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“I wake up each day and I thank God for the collective efforts of the Comadre Program’s dedicated staff, volunteers, funders, our University and especially the women that we serve. As a Co-Founder of the Program, I am so very proud and honored for all we have accomplished and how we have grown. For me, our Program’s mission is deeply personal for two reasons. First, I was a care giver and patient navigator to my mother, my brother and sister- all which were diagnosed with cancer. I know first-hand what it feels like to be overwhelmed with decisions about treatment and survivorship and the importance of advocacy. Secondly, I was a 5-year old immigrant arriving from my home country, Puerto Rico, speaking only Spanish and later becoming the interpreter for my parents. Six years later, I underwent the devastating experience of losing my father to medical negligence at a local county hospital. These experiences both drive me to be about “change” and improving healthcare access and patient care for Hispanic/Latinas in breast cancer and for all New Mexicans.”

Elba L. Saavedra Ferrer
Director, Co-Founder, Comadre a Comadre Program, UNM Community Health Education Faculty

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New Sponsor: Prevent Cancer Foundation


Dr. Elba Saavedra Ferrer
Program Director

Contact us
(505) 277-2398

Fax: (505) 277-2352

Dirección de Envio
Physical Address

UNM Main Campus Manzanita Hall
502 Cornell Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Hours: M—F 9AM—5PM

Dirección Física
Mailing Address

MSC06 3885
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Thank you to our Sponsors

Department of Health Breast and Cervical Cancer (BCC) Program

Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Program

Prevent Cancer Foundation