Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.) is a comprehensive cancer services program available to all cancer survivors in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln counties. The program provides awareness, education, and support for all patients, from the time of your cancer diagnosis through survivorship. Your Project H.E.R. team is available to support you in many ways. Your team includes a nurse navigator, outreach coordinator, lay mentor, and volunteers who often are themselves cancer survivors. This team works closely with your doctors.
Thanks to the financial assistance of The Corvallis Clinic, The Corvallis Clinic Foundation, grants, and private donations, all services Project H.E.R. provides are free of charge.
Our Project H.E.R. nurse navigator, Kathy Nepper, RN, can help you through the maze of health-care resources, and provide you important cancer education. She is a registered nurse who can answer your many questions about treatment methods, surgery, time frames, and side effects. She will also help you understand the various medical doctors you will meet, and stay in touch with you throughout treatment. She is available to you and your family for as long as needed.
Patients can contact our Project H.E.R. nurse directly or be referred by a health care professional. She works closely with all area physicians. Your physician will discuss the time frame and the Project H.E.R. nurse will help you understand your options. Through learning, you will regain a sense of control in your life and make informed decisions with your health care team.
Project H.E.R. provides survivor mentors who are uniquely qualified to offer insight to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They are volunteers who serve patients free of charge throughout Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. They are trained in supportive relationship skills and confidentiality. Survivorship makes our Project H.E.R. mentors uniquely qualified to help you maneuver through the emotional impact and stress of treatment, and provide you support and guidance for survivorship. This peer support from survivors may be the most powerful therapy a patient with cancer initially receives.
To request to speak with a survivor, or to learn more about volunteering for Project H.E.R., please call us at 541-768-2375.
Project H.E.R. offers the community, and cancer patients an ever-expanding array of educational, inspirational, and supportive resources, among which are:
- Cook for Cancer
- Education Day
- Look Good Feel Better
- Community Support Groups
- Patient Navigation
- Connecting to Resources
- Survivor Advocacy
Contact Project H.E.R.
For more information on Project H.E.R. services or to speak with the nurse navigator contact:
Kathy Nepper, RN Nurse Navigator
Parker Cochran, Outreach Coordinator