For the past several months, my team and I have been working on a new website for Breast Investigators. Since the initial creation of Breast Investigators online community, I have had a vision to create a comprehensive breast cancer resource. A tool where you would be able to find the information, resources, and support you need, both nationally and locally no matter where you stand in the face of breast cancer – whether it be, prevention, early detection, treatment or survivor/thrivership.
The original platform of the site has worked great as a social network, but our new website will now allow us to take that a step further. In addition to the blogging and event sharing features, our new website has a growing directory of service providers for medical care, emotional care, complementary care, information, products, and assistance. The directory is set up in a way that allows all directory members an opportunity to submit a listing at no cost, but we also offer opportunities for member listings at increasing levels with enhanced listing features and visibility on our site. These upgraded listing levels will allow us to better provide our services to our members and our partnering non-profit affiliates and advocates.
In addition to the directory we are also introducing city pages. These will act as a website within our website and will filter the information specific to local areas into one place for easy search. City pages will feature that area’s members, directory listings, upcoming events, support groups, and blog postings. In order for this concept to work, we are seeking City Breast Health Advocates for each metro area.
In February and March of this year, Felicia Grant and I attended the C4YW (Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer) and the NCOBC (Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference). We were able to promote the Breast Investigators community and the new features, and we were very pleased with the response we received. Survivors, advocates, and the medical community were excited about the potential of bringing information together into one place to help those who are in need of easy access to information and resources of all kinds pertaining to their needs. I hope that you are equally as excited and help us spread the word about Breast Investigators to your family, friends, and medical providers.