Windsong Breast Care/ NAPBC Grant Awarded – Expands Patient Navigation Services
Windsong Breast Care applied for and received a grant to expand services for underserved women, regardless of their insurance status, to navigate the healthcare system to complete breast cancer screening. The project came about as part of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State initiative to: 1) Increase NY’s Breast cancer screening rate by 10% over the next 5 years and 2) increase the number of women screened and improve the quality of breast cancer screening and diagnostic follow up by enhancing existing patient navigation services.
As a result, we have hired Katie Wild, screening patient navigator, to assist with implementation of this initiative. Katie will be working out of Windsong’s Main street location in downtown Buffalo as well as the Neighborhood Community Center on Niagara Street. These two locations provide direct access to the patients who live in the city, who may have difficulties with transportation. It is an exciting time for Windsong Breast Care as- this project recognizes the continued need of outreach, education, and coordination of care for women’s breast care services. Our goal is to contact at least 800 women annually to offer patient navigation services and to assist with coordination activities related to positive findings, diagnostic and /or treatment services.
The project was initiated in October 2016. The project is being managed by Health Research, Inc. in collaboration with the NY State department of health. Our community partner is – Neighborhood Health Center. The breast navigator will work closely with the community Health workers at Neighborhood Health Centers who will identify members within their organization who meet the above referred requirements. Katie can be reached by calling her at (716)- 631-2500 * 2325
Kay F. Dekker RN, BSN
Breast Care Coordinator
Katie Wild, NAPBC Screening Breast Patient Navigator- Bio
In 2015 Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management from D’Youville College. Katie’s employment history and experience included time at Horizon Health Services and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. While at Horizon Services, Katie was employed as a Program Assistant- where she worked in the Horizon University- a training program for clinicians. This training program assisted clinicians with maintaining required CME education and credentialing, as well as offering course work which enabled them to address specific patient needs. In addition, Katie assisted with quality assurance record keeping for the Special Review and Alternate Care programs. During her tenure at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, she assisted in the Case and Disease Management department performing courtesy calls to members reinforcing the importance of preventative health screenings. Both of these experiences provided Katie with the confidence and tools to actively engage patients / consumers over the phone and in person. Katie prides herself on being a “people person” – never afraid to reach out to clients or providers. The Breast Patient Navigator position intrigued her, as an opportunity to engage patients and be a positive factor in assisting patients with taking the necessary steps to proactively engage in preventative health services to prevent breast cancer.