WASHINGTON, D.C. — Healthy Acadia recently received national recognition for its efforts to reduce cancer incidence and improve health outcomes for cancer patients.
In a Feb. 6 ceremony during the National Cancer Conference in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit organization received the national Leadership Award from Less Cancer for its efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through community health education and programming, including the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigator Program. To date, the program has served more than 160 patients and their families.
Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director, Elsie Flemings accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
“This cancer prevention work touches me, and many of my team, deeply and personally. I have lost loved ones far too young to the tragedy of cancer, as I know many of us have,” she siad. “And like Less Cancer, we know that [many cancers] can indeed…be prevented or cured with the right access to healthy opportunities and high quality health care.”