The Maurer Foundation Announces a Grant from Assurant Foundation

Port Washington, NY, January 2007 – Assurant Foundation has awarded The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education a grant to expand the Foundation’s Breast Health Literacy-in-Education Program to medically-underserved communities on Long Island and in the boroughs of New York City.

“We are most grateful to Assurant Foundation for their support,” noted Kim Rozzi, Executive Director of The Maurer Foundation. “By helping us to expand the Breast Health Literacy-in-Education Program, Assurant Foundation has ensured that a whole new group of young people are empowered to protect their own breast health.”

“We’re happy to support The Maurer Foundation and its unique initiative to educate students on such an important public health issue,” said Lesley Silvester, Executive Vice President and Foundation Trustee, Assurant.  “We feel that this program is a perfect fit in two of the Assurant Foundation’s major focus areas – – health and education.”

The Breast Health Literacy-in-Education Program teaches risk reduction behavior modification and accurate breast self-examination to high school students with a standardized health promotion, disease prevention curriculum.  The student-centered, culturally competent syllabus, aligned with National and State Learning Standards in Health Education, is presented by Maurer certified breast health educators.  Students learn how to recognize changes in their own breast tissue and become advocates of their own health through oral presentation, role-play, skill modeling and applied learning.  The program augments general public school health education curricula and allows for concentrated and intensive breast self-examination “time-on-task.”

The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sanctioned to train and certify breast health educators in the MammaCare® System (backed by The National Cancer Institute) as well as being certified to directly provide community breast health programs.  It is the only organization nationwide providing free breast health education programs to adolescents in the classroom.  Since being founded in 1995 by Long Island breast surgeon Dr. Virginia E. Maurer, the Foundation has raised the level of breast health literacy throughout the metro area with direct service educational programs, training and resources.

For more information on The Maurer Foundation and the Breast Health Literacy-in-Education Program, please visit or call 1-800-853-LEARN.

About Assurant and the Assurant Foundation (

Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected international markets. Its four key businesses — Assurant Employee Benefits, Assurant Health, Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property — have partnered with clients who are leaders in their industries and have built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments worldwide.  Assurant, a Fortune 500 company, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has over $20 billion in assets and $7 billion in annual revenue.

The Assurant Foundation, a charitable trust, provides grants to improve the quality of life in the New York metropolitan community with a focus on four funding areas: health, nutrition, housing and education.