Sharsheret’s Executive Director Appointed to Serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women
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Teaneck, New Jersey (February 8, 2017) – Sharsheret, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer, is proud to announce that Executive Director Elana Silber has been appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. Effective immediately, Elana will serve on the new three-year term, ending in 2020.
The Advisory Committee consists of external experts and stakeholders who will assist the CDC in developing evidence-based approaches to advance the understanding and awareness of breast cancer among young women. The fifteen individuals invited to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women represent researchers, clinicians, advocates, and breast cancer survivors from across the country.
“I’m proud and humbled to be working with leading experts in the field to share all that we have learned at Sharsheret about the needs of young women facing breast cancer,” said Sharsheret’s Executive Director Elana Silber. “I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues as we shape messaging and develop breast cancer programs for this population of young breast cancer survivors.”
Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. To date, we serve more than 65,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.
As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.
Sharsheret offers the following national programs:
The Link Program
● Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
● EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
● Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
● Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
● Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
● Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
● Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
● Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
● Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs
Education and Outreach Programs
● Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
● Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
● Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals