TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation recently established The Atlanta Initiative to better support Black women and men with breast cancer. The grant-funded initiative is part of a TurningPoint Global Outreach project to serve the survivorship needs of women and men going through breast cancer. It provides community-based, culturally appropriate, and accessible physical and emotional survivorship support that suits the needs of Black breast cancer patients and survivors in Atlanta. Care includes:
- In-person and virtual physical therapy
- Virtual counseling
- Support groups
- Survivorship education programs
The initiative is supported by a community coalition that includes representation from Grady Hospital, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, the Atlanta faith community, My Style Matters, and other members of the Black community.
“Significant disparity exists in the diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship outcomes among Black breast cancer survivors. Unmet physical and emotional needs in breast cancer survivors are well documented, but there is mounting evidence that Black individuals have more significant survivorship issues and a greater burden of illness than White counterparts,” says Jill Binkley, TurningPoint Founder, and Program Director.
Through the initiative and partnership with The Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta, TurningPoint and physical therapist Janae Finley, DPT, CLT, CES launched a satellite clinic to care for patients going through breast cancer treatment at the Center. The clinic is located at 477 Windsor St. NW in Atlanta and is joined by community advocate Marlena Murphy.