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The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local
December 2015


The Cancer Services Program (CSP) at the Ryan/Chelsea Clinton Community Health Center is a program funded by the New York State Department of Health, which works with health care providers to offer free screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers for uninsured New York state residents. SAG-AFTRA members who do not currently have insurance, especially those in high-risk groups, are encouraged to take advantage of this potentially life-saving resource.  

For breast and cervical cancer screenings, women must be age 40-plus or, if at a high risk for breast cancer, they can be screened under 40. For colorectal screenings, men and women must be age 50-plus to receive a take-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT Kit) or at high risk to receive a colonoscopy. For any abnormal screening results, CSP may cover diagnostic follow-up tests, case management and assistance with finding treatment if cancer is found.

The CSP team can enroll SAG-AFTRA members into the program, book appointments and send reminder notifications. The team is here to guide you through the entire process and help alleviate anxieties about getting these essential cancer screenings.  

Please contact Sharmistha Mohapatra, supervisory health educator, at 212-484-5857, or Amy Ly, AmeriCorps outreach & engagement specialist at 212-265-4500 ext. 4820. For additional information, visit the website.

SAG Foundation Is Now the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

At its 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 5, the SAG Foundation unveiled its new name: the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Under its new moniker, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will continue the mission of providing vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, enhancing and expanding the services and resources that give union members the tools and skills they need to stay ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge of industry demands. Several board members attended the Nov. 5 event, including founding board members Maureen Donnelly and John McGuire. Visit for more information.

NYED Jae Je Simmons to Retire

New York Executive Director Jae Je Simmons will retire at the end of 2015 after more than 17 years of combined service at SAG-AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild. Simmons started at the Guild as the executive administrator of SAG’s Affirmative Action and Diversity Department and was promoted to New York executive director in 2002, the first woman and African-American to hold the position. During her tenure, Simmons has guided the New York Local through significant developments, including the merger of SAG and AFTRA, the relocation of the offices to 1900 Broadway, and a major increase in local film and television production, resulting in expanded work opportunities for New York members.  

“The myriad of experiences I have from my tenure at SAG and then at SAG-AFTRA, were nothing short of extraordinary,” said Simmons. “I am proud to have been a part of this illustrious and vibrant organization and to have worked with the dedicated members and staff that will continue to make SAG-AFTRA great.”   

David White and Jae Je Simmons 
National Executive Director David White and New York Local Executive Director Jae Je Simmons