Nueva Vida Services
As the only organization of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, we thrive to improve the health outcomes and enhance the quality of life of medically underserved Latina families, often in poverty, who face their illness far from family and friends. Nueva Vida is a regional organization with national recognition.
Nueva Vida hopes Latina families will never have to be alone during diagnosis, treatment and cancer recovery. Latino families diagnosed with cancer are not alone, and are always welcome at Nueva Vida. Navigators provide the facts to answer questions and concerns about this part of cancer care. These navigators offer the necessary information to make informed decisions about treatment and recovery.
These services include
Community outreach is an important of Nueva Vida’s work. We offer a range of activities from teaching practical life skills to hosting unique and innovative workshops covering a variety of topics related to cancer awareness and survivorship.
Our outreach workshops are held at churches, medical centers, government agencies and community centers. Our specialists also visit the Latino community in beauty salons, grocery stores, and supermarkets. In addition to these many workshops and visits, Nueva Vida is also present in a large number of health fairs and festivals, in VA, MD, and DC. Some of the available workshops are:
- Awareness and Educational workshops for breast and cervical cancer
- Nutrition workshops and programs
- Self-Image improvement workshops (Look Good Feel Better)
- Guided “The City is Mine” transportation workshops for clients in DC, MD and VA
- Practical workshops for cancer survivors such as: What to Expect During and After chemotherapy;
- Options and Realities of Breast Surgery and Reconstruction; and Physical changes during and after treatment
Resources are available at Nueva Vida in both English and Spanish. Materials such as magazines, pamphlets and videos offer guidance through the cancer process. The center is open all year and relatives and children are welcome to visit the resource center, which also provides toys and videos for children while families are participating in activities.
Families are taught to communicate with their health care providers and are referred to public and private agencies along with professionals who can provide service to often uninsured clients. Navigation is offered to all families for early detection, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship and end of life.
General Support group brings together families in different stages of cancer, and their family members. Families discuss different stages after diagnosis, focused on issues such as nutrition, family, sexuality, spirituality and body image after surgery. After, families participate in a stress reduction session using techniques such as deep relaxation, visualization, breathing to target emotions caused by the cancer experience. This group meets on the first Saturday of each month.
Families in Treatment Groups
These groups offer treatment to families diagnosed and treated for breast cancer or gynecologic cancers. Focusing on such topics as the effects of surgery and treatment, fear, self-image, sexuality, the effects of diagnosis on relationships and family, and changes in lifestyle, these groups tackle the many emotional obstacles
Caring for Caregivers
Cancer patients are not the only ones affected by their diagnosis. Caring for Caregivers workshop is open to relatives (spouses, partners and children) of families with any type of cancer. This workshop is designed to give caregivers, family members and close friends of the survivor essential techniques to provide the important support in the cancer process.
Nueva Vida is devoted to offering the right support for each woman. Individual counseling offers professional, one-on-one patient care – to families with advanced disease or those who are facing a period of crisis related to the diagnosis of cancer.
We collect demographic, clinical and psychosocial information that can be used to initiate programs responsive to the needs of the Latino population.
Access to current studies
As we strive to help Latina families receive fair and equitable treatment, we provide access to clinical trials through referrals, and access to Nueva Vida studies in behavioral health. We also serve as a guide for families deciding on their healthcare.
Latina Breast Cancer Survivors’ Lived Experiences: Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond Partnership: Lydia Buki, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18426289
Latina a Latina: Developing a breast cancer decision support intervention. Partnership: Sheppard, V. B, Figueiredo, M., Cañar, J., Goodman, M., Caicedo L., Kaufman, A., Norling, G., Mandelblatt, J., Latin American Cancer Research Coalition, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17628037
Realities of Culture: Breast Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life among immigrant Latina families.
Partnership: M. Lopez-Class, M. Perret-Gentil, B Kresling, J.Mandelblatt, K.D. Graves. Latin American Cancer Research Coalition, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Buki, L., Hinestrosa M.C. (2008) Latina Breast Cancer Survivors’ Lived Experiences: Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Sheppard, V. B, Figueiredo, M., Cañar, J., Goodman, M., Caicedo L., Kaufman, A., Norling, G., Mandelblatt, J. (2008). Latina a Latina: Developing a breast cancer decision support intervention. Psycho-oncology, 17 (4), 383-391.
M. Lopez-Class, M. Perret-Gentil, B Kresling, L.Caicedo, J.s.Mandelblatt, K.D. Graves. Realities of Culture: Breast Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life among immigrant Latina families. (In preparation)
Awareness and Educational workshops for breast and cervical cancer Nutrition workshops and programs Self-Image improvement workshops (Look Good Feel Better) Guided “The City is Mine” transportation workshops for clients in DC, MD and VA Practical workshops for cancer survivors such as: What to Expect During and After chemotherapy; Options and Realities of Breast Surgery and Reconstruction; and Physical changes during and after Treatment.