About YAAS! Network

YAAS! is a network of healthcare providers, community-based organizations, young survivors, and metastatic thrivers working together to bring resources and services to young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.

 

The YAAS! Network is especially focused on young women who have limited access to resources and support because of race, color, sexual orientation and/or identity, disability, education, income, and other system or structural barriers.

 

The YAAS! Network provides education and training to healthcare providers and community-based health workers to increase awareness of the needs of young women affected by breast cancer to provide young women with the support they need.

 

Our Mission:   Comprehensive, high quality, supportive care for all* young women in Chicago affected by breast cancer, their families, and their communities

 

Our Vision: Develop a sustainable collaborative infrastructure to support and enhance the work of all providers who deliver services to young women in Chicago who are affected by breast cancer

Partners

Imerman Angels

Imerman Angels

Imerman Angel’s mission is to provide comfort and understanding for all cancer fighters, survivors, previvors and caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there. Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who most importantly has faced the same type of cancer. This service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. To get or give support, visit www.imermanangels.org

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

Recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the nation, the University of Illinois at Chicago is Chicago’s largest university and only public research institution. Its 16 academic colleges, with 86 bachelor’s, 111 master’s and 66 doctoral degree programs, serve more than 33,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The University strives to grow and promote world-class research that advances the field of knowledge both locally and globally.

University of Illinois Cancer Center

University of Illinois Cancer Center

The University of Illinois Cancer Center is a community-focused cancer research center dedicated to eliminating cancer health disparities and building cancer health equity in cancer incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and survival.

UI Health

UI Health

UI Health delivers comprehensive healthcare services, education, and research to a diverse urban patient population through a clinical enterprise that includes a 495-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, seven health sciences colleges, and the Mile Square Health Center, a system of 13 federally qualified centers with a mission to provide quality healthcare in underserved communities across Chicago.

ALAS-WINGS

ALAS-WINGS

ALAS-WINGS is a non-profit organization empowering Hispanic/Latina women about breast cancer awareness through comprehensive education and support for all women faced with a breast cancer diagnosis. The goal of ALAS is to enable Hispanic/Latina breast cancer survivors to receive the very best care and encouragement possible so they can move beyond cancer and begin living fulfilled and happy lives again.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is Chicago’s food bank, with 700 partners throughout Cook County working to ensure that nutritious food is available year-round. GCFD guides cancer survivors facing food insecurity through the process of applying for the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which complements the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. By partnering with the YAAS! network, the GCFD raises awareness among clinical and community healthcare providers of the food resources available for cancer survivors and their families.

Sisters Working It Out

Sisters Working It Out

Sisters Working It Out (SWIO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving low-income medically underserved women on the South & West Sides of Chicago in order to eliminate breast cancer disparities across Chicagoland. Their mission is to serve as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities through programs that educate and empower women of color, as well as connect them to quality preventive health services.

Triage Cancer

Triage Cancer

Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides support for practical and legal issues that often impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, quick guides, and cancer resources. Triage Cancer works to address cancer-related health disparities through the delivery of cancer survivorship education and collaborative advocacy efforts. Triage Cancer also provides Insurance and Finance Intensive training for oncology healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, and advocates.

Wellness House

Wellness House

Wellness House works to create a community where all people affected by cancer thrive. All programs are offered at no cost, and are intended to educate, support and empower participants so they will improve their physical and emotional well-being. These programs serve young breast cancer survivors and metastatic breast cancer survivors in exercise classes, yoga classes, nutrition classes, support groups, educational workshops and stress management programs.

Expert Panelists

Our YAAS! Expert Panelists consists of a group of diverse women all diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. Our experts provide expertise and guidance on lived experiences of young breast cancer survivors for project planning, strategies and implementation.

  • Dikla Benzeevi
  • Jessica Arizaga, M.A. and 2021 PhD Candidate
  • Lelonna Goodson, MA
  • Ramona Burress, PharmD
  • Sophia Williams

Meet the Team

Learn a little about the passionate professionals that run this program!
Christine Jon’el Adley

Christine Jon’el Adley

Project Coordinator
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Talia Holzman Castellands, MPH

Talia Holzman Castellands, MPH

Project Manager
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Tamara Hamlish, Ph.D.

Tamara Hamlish, Ph.D.

YAAS! Project Director
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