Psychosocial Oncology Program
Albert Einstein Cancer Center Montefiore Medical Center

Melissa Martinez

Melissa Martinez

Melissa Martinez, M.S., BOLD Buddy & Healthy Living Program Coordinator

As a Queens native of Colombian and Dominican heritage, I have always found purpose and gratification in serving my local diverse community. After receiving my Masters degree from Hunter College in Applied Social Reserch in 2009, I decided to pursue a career where I could take a community-level approach to help identify and address health disparities among underserved communities in New York City. In 2010, I became involved with the BOLD(Bronx Oncology Living Daily) Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which offers free wellness programs for the Bronx community affected by cancer. My position as program coordinator has led me down an exciting path of community involvement including helping to coordinate a community coalition of local stakeholders in the Bronx dedicated to cancer survivorship , leading a successful fitness and nutrition program for diabetes prevention and control for cancer survivors sponsored in part by a federal grant from the CDC, and helping to pilot a volunteer companionship program for women with breast cancer known as BOLD Buddies. The entire BOLD program consists of a dedicated, inspirational and compassionate team of people which I am proud to work with, including Dr. Alyson Moadel, who founded the psycho-oncology program at the Einstein College of Medicine over fifteen years ago. Through the BOLD program, I feel that the Bronx community is more empowered and hopeful to fight against the ills of a socially devastating disease like cancer.

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