About Comadre

Who We Are

Comadre a Comadre is devoted to serving Hispanic/Latina women and their loved ones through advocacy, education, information, resources, and support about breast health and breast cancer. All our services are free and provided in both Spanish and English by our experienced staff. Our Comadres are breast cancer survivors who are trained to access services and lend support from someone who "has been there."

What Do We Do

We Educate

  • On the early detection of breast cancer, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, general health and well-being through community classes, pláticas, seminars, and one-on-one sessions.

We Connect

  • By linking you with cancer services and resources.
  • By linking you to community clinics that offer low-cost mammograms and free well-woman exams.

We Inform

  • By offering you free printed materials on breast health and breast cancer so that you can make informed decisions on the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

We Support You

  • By putting you in touch with other women with breast cancer who can lend support.
  • By meeting you at your medical appointments.
  • By helping you to navigate through the maze of health care and cancer services.
  • By calling you or visiting with you.
  • At our bi-weekly support groups where you can share and get support from other women.

We Reach Out to Community

  • By partnering with a large variety of cancer and health related organizations.
  • At health fairs and other health-related events.
  • By conducting classes on the early detection of breast cancer.

Comadre a Comadre Partners

  • First Choice Community Healthcare Clinics
  • Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Clinic
  • New Mexico Department of Health, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
  • UNM Cancer Center Breast Care Clinic
  • UNM CCC at Lovelace/MLK
  • UNM ENLACE Program

Meet the Comadre Team!

Director of Comadre A Comadre Project, Elba earned her doctorate in Community Health, through the UNM College of Education Health Education Program. Her doctoral dissertation entitled "Refusals and Delays in the Treatment of Breast Cancer among New Mexico Women" examined barriers to treatment completion in underserved women in the state. Ms Saavedra has 10 years of extensive experience in research and community based efforts focusing on barriers in breast cancer care among New Mexico?s ethnically diverse and under-served women. She has written several New Mexico Department of Health reports examining barriers to care in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer among these populations. In 2002, Dr. Saavedra, along with several community breast cancer survivor advocates, co-founded the Comadre A Comadre Project which is committed to empowering the lives of Hispanic/Latina women and their loved ones through advocacy, education, information, resources, and support about breast health and breast cancer. Dr. Saavedra is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor for Research at the PPD-Health Education Program, College of Education at the University of New Mexico.