• Santiago, Chile Healthy Breast Participants, Nov 2015

Empowering Women through Breast Health Education

In 2017 We:

Strengthened the MammAlive Organizational Structure:

  • fine-tuned the Bylaws for the MammAlive Foundation
  • met monthly as a Board of Directors and assessed our performance
  • established monthly Zoom meetings for Healthy Breast Educators who are members of the MammAlive Foundation, and discussed the October campaign, updates from each region and marketing
  • provided monthly meeting reminders with agendas, and written minutes as a follow up
  • filed meeting minutes and documents on a MammAlive Foundation Google Site, accessible to members
  • maintained an organizational structure with regional coordinators, regional certification managers and regional board members – these are not fully functional in all countries
  • updated the MammAlive membership form and monthly commitments
  • created documents for royalty payments, licensing and posted in Admin Section of mammalive.net website
  • accepted new members from Chile, Ecuador, Italy, Egypt, Peru, China
  • created a regional team in China of approx 8 women, to help carry the work forward

Created Partnerships

  • partnered with Ra Ma Da Sa in China and Sant Saroop in Sardinia, Italy to host a Healthy Breast program in those countries

Certified Educators Who Completed the Certification Requirements

  • A certification process was finalized for Healthy Breast Educators and several educators completed this process to become certified, specifically in Brazil, Ecuador and Canada

Taught and Shared the Healthy Breast Program:

  • the first 6 modules of the Healthy Breast Foundations and Healthy Breast Yoga Program were taught by Sat Dharam Kaur in Suzhou, China in November 2016 and were completed in Dec 2017
  • the Healthy Breast Foundations program was shared in Israel by Yael and in Holland by Jagir Kaur, by Sat Dharam Kaur in Toronto and by Valeria in Chile
  • Sat Dharam taught the 12 week Healthy Breast Foundations program three times online to a total of about 20 individuals

Developed the Program Further:

  • Sat Dharam added further scientific research references to the Healthy Breast Foundations manual
  • the Healthy Breast Foundations and Healthy Breast Yoga manual have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian
  • both Healthy Breast manuals were submitted to KRI for review
  • began a cookbook project as a fundraiser to support the program, Ann Near is working with Laura Grant ND to pull it together. Much has been completed
  • edited and translated the 31 tips into 11 languages to be used as part of October breast cancer awareness month. These have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, Polish, Italian, French, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu and were shared online in these countries.

Funding and Revenue Streams

  • from our October campaign we raised $2000 in donations
  • we established an affiliate sales program on the mammalivefoundation.org website with one partner thus far and a few sales

 Translated the HB Foundations and HB Yoga Manuals

  • the power points have been translated into Hebrew and Dutch
  • Sanjivan Kaur is coordinating translation of manuals into Finnish, needs funding
  • powerpoint translations need revisions in Spanish and Portuguese

 Published Articles and Shared Our Work Online:

  • daily breast health tips were sent out via Blog, email and Facebook by Sat Dharam for the month of October with thousands of viewers. Others “shared” these tips
  • the breast health tips are archived in blog format on the mammalive.net website
  • maintained a closed Healthy Breast Program facebook group to support people who have taken the program and keep information flowing
  • posted on our two facebook pages – Healthy Breast Program and MammAlive Foundation to expand our profile

Presented at Conferences and Health Shows:

  • Sat Dharam presented a class on yoga for breast health at the Toronto Yoga Conference in April 2017, and advertised the program at a booth
  • Sat Dharam presented a workshop on breathing techniques to use in naturopathic medicine at the OAND annual convention in Toronto in Nov 2016

Created Educational and Marketing Materials:

  • reproduced a 5” X 7” postcard with the women’s creed and the 12 breast health tips, which has been shared with our members, and is available as a download on www.mammalivefoundation.org in a wide range of languages, including versions with modest background for countries whose culture requires this
  • a promotional package has been created for our Educators which includes an introductory letter, information on our Foundation
  • designed and printed 2 Healthy Breast Program banners, including a modest version, that can be used at health shows by any of our members
  • created the Sips and Tips Event with information on 12 herbal teas to accompany the 12 tips as a potential educational fundraiser
  • extensively revised the mammalive.net website and the mammalivefoundation.org website with the global community pages available to highlight what is occurring in each country where the Healthy Breast Program is being taught

Set Up Future International Healthy Breast Programs:

  • further Foundations programs have been organized for Owen Sound, Toronto, China, Italy and Stockholm for 2018
  • a once monthly 3 hour program is set up for Lotus Yoga Centre in Toronto for 2018, beginning in January

MammAlive Foundation Goals for 2018:

prepared by Sat Dharam Kaur, Dec. 05, 2017

  1. develop a cookbook that can be translated into several languages, used as a regional fundraiser, available online and in print
  2. translate daily breast health tips into several more languages and release daily in Oct annually. Extend outreach of the October campaign.
  3. create videos in different languages of daily tips and release video daily in Oct
  4. consolidate the global organizational structure for the foundation – coordinate regional and international membership, monthly meetings, focussed committees – encourage participation from all countries
  5. develop a financially independent structure for reintroducing a consistent monthly ezine, its structure to be in place for 2019, be consistent with a monthly ezine, and use it as a vehicle to educate and unite regions
  6. implement specific environmental activism goals internationally, with a focus on one every 3 months
  7. build alliances with government, other NGOs and institutions; develop relationships with the hospitals, to make an offering of the program available to patients
  8. develop marketing resources and strategies for Healthy Breast Educators and for the Annual October Campaign
  9. support educators in the certification process
  10. become a charity, to be able to receive donations
  11. continue to post pertinent information on both the Healthy Breast Program website and MammAlive Foundation website; increase blogging
  12. implement existing research protocols to use with the Healthy Breast Program
  13. continue to teach the Healthy Breast Program internationally, and support teachers in sharing the program in their regions – develop a handful of trainers who can teach internationally. Develop standards for trainers and add to mammalive.net website.
  14. network with naturopathic doctors who can spread the program and the 12 tips for reducing breast cancer among their patient population
  15. achieve funding for our initiatives
  16. further develop the affiliate program to receive funding
  17. further develop the 31 tips for high school students and create a resource for teachers
  18. develop a breast self-exam and breast self-massage video that can be translated into many languages. Train Healthy Breast Educators in teaching breast self-exam and offer workshops for the public.