Imagine you have no health insurance, no primary care physician, no family or friends nearby – and suddenly “usted tiene cancer” (you have cancer). For many Latinos in the Washington area this is their reality. Founded in 1996 by Latina breast cancer survivors and health professionals, Nueva Vida has provided support services to over 6,000 clients in the Latino community. The only Spanish-speaking agency of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region, it offers high-touch, comprehensive programs that serve the specific needs of this group – outreach and education, patient navigation, and mental health support – guiding them through the difficult days of diagnosis, and assisting them with life-saving access to treatment and healthcare. Nueva Vida educates, provides culturally sensitive and bilingual assistance in a fragmented healthcare system, and offers caring and culturally expert support. It has given new life to so many. You can offer your life-changing support.
Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Baltimore, MD. Richmond, VA
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: Asian American; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Awards & Recognition
*1997 Award of Excellence by National Race for the Cure.
*1998 Survivor of the Year by National Race for the Cure.
*Lifetime TV Breast Cancer Hero Awards: (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005).
*2001 Service to Cancer Survivorship Award.
*2006 Compassion Award by the Cancer Center at George Washington Hospital.
*DC Women’s Foundation Leadership Award, 2007.
*NBCC Breast Cancer Best Practices Award, 2007.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Nueva Vida is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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