Posts by Amelia Baffa

Amelia Baffa is the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Nurse Navigator at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Ms. Baffa is responsible for care coordination, onco-fertility preservation, program and service line development, patient and staff education, AYA research, and program funding. She has been a nurse for 34 years, and has worked in various capacities such as: hematology-oncology inpatient, surgical intensive care and trauma, medical-surgical, staff development, pediatric care coordination, patient blood management, she has held several management positions, served as Director of Nursing Practice for a healthcare consulting company. She has presented both nationally and internationally, as well as chaired multiple conference committees. She was awarded the University Hospital Trustee Award for Nursing Excellence and the Red Cross Community Hero Award, in 2015. She was the grant recipient of the Community CureSearch Grant and is the Principal Investigator for a young adult cancer distress study. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship from Teen Cancer America to become one of the first nurses in the US to attend Coventry University (UK), Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Management, Post-Graduate Certification program (Amelia has a MSN specializing in health education). She completed the course in spring of 2018. Amelia is keenly interested in the AYA population and is an active and caring advocate. Her mission is to create programs and services to help them re-engage with life, as they discover who they are after cancer. In 2018 she became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified. Her goal is to build a psychiatric service line to help pediatric and young adults patients with mental health/addiction issues through mental health screening, diagnostic assessment, psychotropic management, and psychotherapy. In August of 2018 Amelia was accepted into one of only 5 APRN psychiatric fellowships in the US. She participates in the fellowship part-time at Portage Path Behavioral Health Center, in Akron Ohio. Where there she treats patients with mental health issues and addiction, she also works on community oriented key performance issued mental health initiatives to improve care and quality of life.

Sex and the Survivor

by Amelia Baffa February 5, 2019

he impact of cancer and cancer treatment can physically and psychologically affect our relationships, this can be especially true when it comes to romance and/or intimate relationships. Whether you are dating or in a committed relationship talking about the possibility of cancer, recurrence/ relapse, physical limitations, body image changes, fertility issues, and your feelings can be frightening, scary, or daunting.

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