Burton Recognized with Community Health Worker Outstanding Achievement Award
Lanita “Pearl” Burton, Susan G. Komen® Houston’s Community Programs and Partnerships Coordinator/Community Navigator, was recognized with the Community Health Worker Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 Texas Breast Health Community Awards, hosted by the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas. This award honors an individual Community Health Worker who has demonstrated extraordinary excellence in Community breast health education, program development or provision of vital community breast health service.
“When I was in my breast cancer journey, amazing love was given to me, my son and my mother,” said Pearl. “I had never experienced such an outpouring of care and compassion. There were days when I couldn’t get out of bed, and my family and friends were there supporting me. Those acts of kindness fueled the fire in me and I knew that I wanted to serve breast cancer survivors in their journey as my family and friends served me.”
Over the last 10 years, Pearl has worked as a patient navigator and community health worker and joined the Komen Houston staff in 2018, becoming Komen Houston’s first-ever community navigator. Pearl’s main responsibility is navigating women and men looking for breast health services, such as mammograms and diagnostic services, and the financial assistance they may need for these procedures.