Women's Health Initiative | Actors Fund

Women's Health Initiative

The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative addresses the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition.

When women come to The Fund after a serious medical diagnosis, they are often overwhelmed with concerns about their ability to work, family issues, managing basic bills as well as medical bills and coping both physically and mentally with a challenging medical situation. Fund trustee and cancer survivor Phyllis Newman founded our Women's Health Initiative so that women have a safe place to go to address serious medical concerns and get confidential and compassionate help.

Our social workers will help you negotiate the steps that follow a life-changing diagnosis. Through individual counseling, support groups, educational seminars, linkage to community supports and short-term financial assistance, we will help you receive the nurturing support you need.

Even though we are not a primary medical care facility, we help you get medical care whether or not you have health insurance. In addition to The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, which offers primary care at The Actors Fund's main office in Times Square to everyone in performing arts and entertainment, we are familiar with the local hospitals and clinics, and our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center can help you find affordable health insurance if do not have any.



Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative for support, information or referrals to community agencies. 

Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
  • Financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Angela Babin, LCSW
212.221.7300 ext. 191

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW 

Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 455


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