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The Queens Library HealthLink Program is working with the community to fight cancer in Queens
Who are we?
Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership among:
What are we doing?
Queens Library HealthLink brings together community members from 20 different neighborhoods in Queens. These community members form Cancer Action Councils who plan educational programs, link their communities to health resources, and address the specific health needs of their communities. This program is funded by the National Cancer Institute.
One of Queens's greatest strengths is its unique mix of cultures. According to the 2000 US Census:
- 47% of Queens residents are foreign born
- 53% speak a language other than English in the home
- Over 160 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Queens
Each of the diverse groups in Queens faces varied healthcare needs and barriers.
Many Queens residents do not learn that they have cancer until their disease has reached a very late stage, making it more difficult to treat. Queens Library HealthLink is working to increase access to regular cancer screenings. These screenings can prevent cancer or detect cancers early, when they are most treatable. To find cancer resources, click here.