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In January, 2018, Liliana Gonzalez felt a lump in her breast. Lacking health insurance, she was hesitant to see a doctor. She and her husband had only moved to New Haven two years prior, having fled civil turmoil in Venezuela to apply for political asylum. Then she learned about the Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, where a biopsy was taken and her worst fears were confirmed – she had breast cancer. With no insurance and no ability to pay for treatment, Gonzelez was terrified by the thought of cancer spreading through her body.
That was when Gonzalez was referred to Project Access, a network of health care providers that offer free medical care to uninsured and low-income people in Greater New Haven. She was enrolled her in its Breast Health Navigation Program, and within three weeks of her diagnosis, Gonzalez began chemotherapy. One year later, Gonzalez is responding well to treatment. Continue reading Gonzalez story.