Education and Outreach

The Comadre a Comadre program conducts educational classes on the screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of breast health and breast cancer and its management. These educational sessions are offered in a culturally competent manner through the use of - “la plática”, an informal conversational dialog which is characterized by an informal conversational style and practiced among Hispanic/Latina women. The following are the various activities held.

One-on-one Educational Sessions

The Comadre Program conducts a one-on-one “Breast Cancer Educational” session with newly diagnosed women and their loved ones upon their initial appointment. This session consists of a) viewing of a Spanish/English bilingual video on breast cancer produced by our Program, b) discussing the materials in the “Patient Information Packet” and other concerns or questions. The packet contains information on breast cancer, cancer-related services, resources and community agencies, and a flyer on the Program’s support groups and educational platicas. A brief survey is also collected at the completion of the session. 

Monthly Group Educational “Platicas”

The monthly “Eductional Platica Series” is conducted throughout the year. There is a “Winter-Spring” and “Summer-Fall” series which covers scheduled speakers for a six-month period. The topics include disease management in the areas of lymphedema, what new in the treatment for breast cancer and breast cancer in general and other relevant topics. These educational gatherings are conducted in an informal manner and support group members, family / loves ones, community are encouraged to attend.


Community Education -Breast Health Placticas

All women are at risk for breast cancer and the Comadre Program has led a partnership based initiative to bring educational class to the community at no cost. As a result of the strong commitment of our partners, classes are held in churches, community centers, in family rooms through our UNM ENLACE APS partnership, place of businesses and other locals. The classes consist of: a) testimonials from Peer Mentor Comadres on their survivorship, b) viewing of a DVD on breast health practices and are conducted in an informal and engaging manner.

You will find copies of the Program’s current scheduled monthly educational platicas and calendar of breast health placticas on this section of our website.

Links

Regional Resources 

National Resources