Team Maureen in the News
Falmouth pediatric oncology nurse leads the charge against cervical cancer
Jan 31, 2024
Team Maureen on the Evening News
Feb 1, 2020
The American Cancer Society Honors Eileen Duffey-Lind with the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award
Jan 24, 2020
The American Cancer Society recently presented Eileen Duffey-Lind, a #Falmouth resident and a pediatric nurse practitioner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, and it recognizes Duffey-Lind’s remarkable accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission to celebrate lives, to save lives and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Duffey-Lind has served as chair of the HPV/Cervical Workgroup, initially formed as part of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Coalition. More recently, she has contributed to the formation of the HPV/Oral Health Task Force, an outgrowth of the original workgroup. She has secured grant funding and published the results of research on interventions, such as an educational survey (tablet) for pediatric practice waiting rooms and an HPV toolkit for dental providers. A founder of Team Maureen Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting and preventing cervical cancers, Duffey-Lind has also freely shared Team Maureen’s materials with individual providers, practices and other coalitions to enable others to use the tools to support improvements in HPV vaccination rates.
Duffey-Lind has engaged physicians and researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center and experts from other local institutions to educate health care professionals on HPV vaccination through presentations at conferences, webinars and in various practices. Engaging a broad group of professionals has helped to elevate HPV vaccination as a priority with other professional groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Duffey-Lind has also enlisted dentists and dental hygienists as HPV vaccination supporters. She supported the creation of an HPV/Oral Health Task Force as a subgroup of the HPV/Cervical Cancer Workgroup. As prevalence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers has recently surpassed other HPV-related cancers, key dental professional groups such as Massachusetts Dental Society are already on board, educating their membership on HPV-related cancers and HPV vaccination. In Massachusetts, since the HPV/Cervical Cancer Workgroup began meeting in 2015, the HPV vaccination series completion for boys and girls combined has risen from 44% in 2015 to 53.2% in 2017. While the improvement in the rates is attributable to the work of many individuals and organizations, Duffey-Lind has been spearheading new efforts and welcoming new partners into the effort.
“Since founding Team Maureen in 2007 in memory of her sister Maureen (Duffey) Russo, Eileen has worked tirelessly to decrease the impact of cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers,” Lynn Basilio, Senior Manager, Primary Care Systems, American Cancer Society. “Because of her open-minded approach to collaboration, the Society was able to engage providers in learning about the important role they can play in increasing HPV vaccination in their community health center, which in turn can reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers.”
The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award is named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a longtime American Cancer Society volunteer from Maine. Despite her death from breast cancer in 2000, Labaree’s spirit and values live on through this award. Each year, the local area Board selects the most inspired and passionate individuals to receive this prestigious honor whose service best exemplifies the Society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity, data-driven, and respect.
Cape woman honors sister by raising awareness of cervical cancer
Jan 24, 2020
Check out this WCVB news clip highlighting Eileen's HPV-related cancer prevention work!
Team Maureen Founder honored with hospital-wide Community Service Award by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Jan 17, 2020
Eileen Duffey-Lind's dedication to the prevention of HPV and cervical cancer is unmatched, and worthy of every honor. Congratulations, Eileen!
Message at the movies: Falmouth nonprofit airs animated promotion for HPV vaccine
Jan 16, 2020
The Cape Cod Times reported on the release of our new video!
Get a Shot and Prevent Cancer. What?
Sep 14, 2015
Whenever I have talked about the HPV vaccine as an anti-cancer vaccine, I am usually met with at least a modicum of skepticism. For so long, we have associated vaccines as agents to protect us from Acute infectious diseases—small pox, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, among others. Our lifelong experience with vaccines has not allowed us to get our heads around the concept that, for the first time in history, a vaccine has been developed whose primary objective is to stave off cancer.
Public Schools to Hold Vaccine Information Panel
Sep 14, 2015
Falmouth Public Schools, Cape Cod Healthcare, and the local nonprofit Team Maureen are to hold a vaccine information panel at Falmouth High School Wednesday, September 16, at 7 PM.
Don't miss aerial photos from the Run 4 Your Life!
Jun 2, 2015
Bringing HPV Vaccine Awareness To The Upper Cape
Jun 2, 2015
Local nonprofit Team Maureen and the Falmouth Hospital Cancer Committee have joined together to raise awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer and certain cancers of the mouth and throat, and to increase the vaccination rates for the HPV vaccine on the Upper Cape.
‘Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic’ To Air At Falmouth Cinema Pub
Jan 2, 2015
Local nonprofit Team Maureen will host a screening of “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” which documents the stories of five women diagnosed with cervical cancer on Monday, January 5, at 6 PM at the Falmouth Cinema Pub.
The documentary provides a different avenue to talk about the disease.