Angel Advocates

MBC ANGELs, Empower!

Modeled after the evidenced-based award-winning cancer lay health advisor programs DC Pink Divas and the Save our Sisters in North Carolina, the MBC ANGELs program consist of a ten-month training that first recruits and then empower 20 women with skills and knowledge about social determinants of health, disparities, health equity, breast cancer risk factors, screening, treatment, healthy behaviors, and patient empowerment. This 20-hour, 10-part training walks women through the cancer continuum of care stages by covering topics from screening to end of life care. MBC ANGELs gain new insight into breast cancer while integrating their personal experiences into further education, empowerment, and understanding of the healthcare system and barriers to care. MBC ANGELs also receive peer support through MBC ANGEL Advisors who are seasoned patient advocates that live and are active leaders in the 20 cities with the greatest breast cancer disparities. Activities include two-way dialogues with nationally renowned experts, oncologists, and geneticists with materials and a social media content curated by and for young women of color.

MBC ANGELs, Educate!

Upon completion of the training, each of the 20 MBC ANGELs commit to build partnerships with at least three organizations from their 20 cities and reach out to women in their community. MBC ANGELs will team with our award-winning patient advocacy team to host more significant than 60 Local MBC education and outreach activities, develop more than 12 MBC advocate resources, participate in over 20 conferences. MBC ANGELs will identify, plan, and implement breast cancer education activities through community networks in which they belong, such as church, civic, employer, and social groups. This experience enables participants to convert their understanding into practical application by creating educational materials and events that are culturally competent and catered explicitly to women residing in their respective cities. MBC ANGELs will lead at least three activities such as local #ListenUpMBC Summit, lunch and learns, roundtable discussions, and engage at local support groups and social activities to educate young women of color in their city.

MBC ANGELs, Mobilize!

A key issue faced by women of color is fear of the health system, distrust, and provider insensitivity. And while black women die over 40% more from metastatic breast cancer and are diagnosed younger and with more aggressive types of breast cancer, studies show many believe that it is an “old white women’s disease”. To combat these myths, barriers, and inequities, advocacy to policymakers and social media engagement is vital. MBC ANGELs will engage with policymakers through our Young Women’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance to address issues in the health care system that can be improved through dialogue, education, and subsequent policy change. Based on feedback obtained from MBC ANGELs, our demographic-specific #ListenUpMBC Summit, Fireside Chat, and Twitter Chat to date have garnered over 16 million impressions. The upcoming #MBCLivesHere social media campaign and online resources addressing cultural sensitivity and specific barriers will engage advocates to show how MBC has no boundaries or borders, impacting every community and how we can take action to achieve breast health equity for all. Ultimately, policymakers will gain insight into the experience of young women of color to end institutional and health care system disparities, and MBC ANGELs will gain firsthand knowledge to become effective patient advocates. Additionally, MBC ANGELs receive access to meetings with industry leaders, annual scientific convenings, and opportunities to attend provider-led training and educational events to foster knowledge exchange and reverse innovation.