Programs

Programs

About Community Outreach

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Community Outreach is a dedicated group of individuals with a mission to help educate and support cancer patients and the surrounding communities of all Cleveland Clinic hospitals and service areas. Cancer Community Outreach staff are frequently out in the community training advocates, providing educational opportunities for under-served communities, and offering cancer screening programs to those in need.

Community Outreach Programs

Cancer Community Outreach has several frequent cancer screening programs that occur in the communities served by Cleveland Clinic. View more information about the programs below and sign up for a cancer screening today! Signing up for one of these programs will allow a Cancer Navigator to contact you for additional information about each program.

Stop Cancer In Its Tracks
Stopping Cancer In Its Tracks (SCIIT) is a comprehensive program in collaboration with the faith based communities of Greater Cleveland.

Goals and outcomes of SCIIT include:

  • Hosting quarterly panel discussions with Cleveland Clinic clinicians to discuss top cancer concerns in the community.
  • Encouraging congregants to sign up for and complete cancer screenings with Patient Navigators to ensure that they complete the process by identifying and removing barriers to care.
  • Following through on any abnormal findings and establishing care paths accordingly
  • Utilizing the rapport of faith-based institutions to support positive attitudes, awareness, and behaviors concerning health promotion, disease self-management, and navigations of the health care system.
  • Engaging senior church leadership in promotion and connection of health and spiritual messaging.
  • Registration Form

Victory in Pink (VIP)

Victory in Pink is a collaboration between "THE WORD" Church and Cleveland Clinic. VIP will provide women with resources and information to increase awareness about breast health and screening programs in underserved, high risk communities. You can also register by calling 216.444.7505.

Goals of VIP include:

  • Creating multiple access opportunities for women to complete mammogram screenings
  • Reducing fear of screenings by implementing "herd clinics" and a concierge service to greet and escort women to medical appointments
  • Establishing trusted relationships with non-traditional patients
  • Serving as a catalyst in establishing preventative care
  • Enlisting people of influence to promote programs
  • Enlisting dedicated clinical staff to support screening clinics during non-traditional hours
  • Registration Form

For Men Only

Join us for this unique event that combines a health-related information session on men's health, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer, with a variety of health screenings in order to help you stay strong, and live long. You can register by filling out the web form or by calling 440.331.0618.

Health screenings include:

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate (PSA) Screening Registration
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Blood Sugar
  • Blood Pressure
  • BMI
  • Registration Form
Cancer Navigators

Cancer Navigators

Many things can get in the way of taking care of your health needs. Cleveland Clinic's Cancer Navigators are a special group of patient navigators designated to help cancer center patients overcome any barriers to care they may encounter. Cancer Navigators are available to all patients for several services from scheduling appointments and screenings to make sure they understand everything that their doctor is telling them about their treatment. 

Cancer Navigators can help patients with:

  • Cancer Education
  • Making Appointments
  • Screenings & Tests
  • Finding Resources
  • Navigating Treatment
  • Support & Advice
  • Financial Guidance
  • Support During Appointments
  • And Much More...

If you or someone you know would benefit from the help of a Cleveland Clinic Cancer Navigator please call 216.444.7505 or email us at CancerOutreachTeam@ccf.org.

Events

Events

Community Outreach Events

Community Outreach supports several events in the communities that they serve. Keep up to date with events and opportunities through the Community Outreach Calendar.

Check back for 2017 upcoming events

Community Partners

Community Partners

Community Outreach frequently partners with community organization to deliver services directly to the communities they serve.

Community Partners:

  • Antioch Baptist Church
  • Bethany Baptist Church
  • Care Alliance
  • The Church of the Lion of Judah
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • Emmanuel-El AME Zion Church
  • Free Clinic
  • North East Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc.
  • Imani Church of Christ
  • Medworks
  • Mt. Haven Missionary Baptist Church
  • Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
  • Neighborhood Family Practice
  • New Life at Calvary
  • New Life Cathedral
  • Tragedy to Triumph Ministries
  • Urban Barber Association
  • The WORD Church
Staff

Staff

Jame Abraham, MD - Medical Director

Director of Breast Oncology Program at Taussig Cancer Institute and co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program of Cleveland Clinic. He is a professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Abraham completed his residency at University of Connecticut, School of Medicine followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and in hematology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Calicut Medical College in India.

Kimberly Sanders - Director of Community Outreach & Patient Navigation

Kimberly Sanders joins Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Institute as a committed leader and pioneer of Northeast Ohio Communities and Neighborhoods. With over 20 years of experience in Community Outreach and Patient Navigation, Kimberly is overwhelmed with the opportunity to continue fulfilling her passion to educate, influence and support underserved families in the community.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Kimberly was a Center Director for Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. There she provided direct assistance to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the capacity of administration and oversight of several Community Health Centers which included; supporting and monitoring the implementation of program activities and patient flow. 

Kimberly holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is an active board member for Susan G. Komen, The Black Professionals Charitable Foundation (Secretary) and Jordan Community Resource Center.

Mary Anne Ott - Program Manager

Mary Anne is a community outreach program manager of the Patient Navigation Program. She has been working in the field of patient navigation and outreach since 2008. The focus of her navigation and outreach work is the underserved community and cancer disparities.

Her specialties include cancer and health care disparities, developing patient navigators, and assisting patients in overcoming barriers to care. In her current position she works across all levels of the organization and actively advocates for patients, develops partnerships to increase the impact of the patient navigation program, promotes cultural competency across the health care continuum to provide the best patient care and employee relations to yield positive results for patients and employees at Cleveland Clinic.

Debbie Allen - Patient Navigator

Debbie began working at Cleveland Clinic in 1989 as a Patient Service Representative in the Department of Admitting & Registration. She has since held several positions throughout the enterprise including Information Coordinator, Medical Secretary, and Department Coordinator. Because of her passion and dedication to helping others, Debbie has partnered with the Cancer Community Outreach Team at Taussig Cancer Institute to work as a Patient Navigator at South Pointe Cancer Center.

Debbie has been a vital part of every team she has touched throughout Cleveland Clinic. This includes being instrumental in the opening of the Obstetrics Midwifery Department where she assisted the Midwives with the Teen Pregnancy Program.

Diana De La Rosa - Patient Navigator

Diana de la Rosa is a Patient Navigator on the Community Outreach Team at Taussig Cancer Institute. She is responsible for guiding patients through and around barriers to care in the complex cancer care system to ensure timely diagnosis, treatment and support. Diana is excited to be part of the Community Outreach team where she is currently the only Spanish speaking Navigator.

Diana has been with Cleveland Clinic since July of 2013. Her previous position was as a Patient Representative at Global Patient Services where she was part of a selective group of 75 caregivers dedicated to serving the Cleveland Clinic's 4480 patients from over 120 countries around the world. She was responsible for coordinating all aspects of international patient care, including travel, medical appointments and surgeries, and establishing relationships with patients from all over the world. 

Along with her day to day responsibilities, Diana also likes to give back to her community by being involved as a member of SALUD, Cleveland Clinic's Hispanic Resource Group and Prospanica, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge of Hispanic culture to the team to help expand current programs.

Linda Greene - Patient Navigator

Linda has worked for Cleveland Clinic for over ten years in areas that provide direct service to patients and families. Linda is a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. She is also certified in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program (CITI) for research initiatives. 

In her current role, as a Patient Navigator for the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Linda works effectively and efficiently to remove barriers that are often associated with obtaining and/or completing cancer care. Linda is passionate about patient advocacy and believes in the importance of collaboration and partnerships that focus on educating and supporting patients and their families.

Paola Raska, PhD - Community Outreach & Health Disparities Research Program Coordinator

Paola is the Community Outreach and Health Disparities Research Program Coordinator at Taussig Cancer Institute and works closely with the Cancer Community Outreach team. Her work at the Cleveland Clinic has given the Community Outreach team insights into healthcare disparities as they relate to cancer and solutions to help serve the communities surrounding Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers.

She earned her PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics from Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. While working at Cleveland Clinic she has lead studies focusing on healthcare relationships, preventive mindsets and cancer in the underserved communities, patient navigation barriers, and breast cancer.

Ashley Hawkins - Clinical Research Coordinator

Ashley is a Clinical Research Coordinator who works closely with Cancer Community Outreach to implement new marketing strategies to increase patient recruitment in Cleveland Clinic studies. She has worked in the community in Atlanta and Cleveland areas for several years.

Ashley has a Masters degree in Public Health from Capella University with a focus in community organization and change for the underserved population. She has developed a strong sense of devotion for community outreach and seeks to improve the quality of healthcare for patients at Cleveland Clinic through the team's programs and research.