Caring Connections

The Bangor Region YMCA

17 Second Street

Bangor, ME 04401


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Robin Long, B.S. 

Caring Connections Manager

Robin Long has a B.S. in Human Nutrition and is the Caring Connections Program Manager. She provides community breast health, cervical health, and bone health education. She assists with the facilitation of both breast cancer and Men’s Cancer Network support groups, and with the administration of the no-cost breast and cervical health screening program.  She is the community liaison for the LIVESTRONG program. Robin has been instrumental in the development of educational materials on breast health for underserved populations. Robin was the recipient of the 2004 Maine Breast Health Leadership award and was recognized at Caring Connections High Tea in 2015 for her work in supporting women with breast cancer.  She also provides patient navigation for those receiving diagnostic and treatment services.


Leanne Bishop, M. Ed., HTCP/I

Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor

Health Education Specialist

Leanne Bishop has a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Counselor education from the University of Maine. Leanne has worked as a school counselor until staying home with her children for a few years, and since 2015 has been working at Caring Connections. She is the Health Education Specialist and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner at Caring Connections.  She provides cancer prevention education to schools and community groups/businesses and co-facilitates the breast cancer support group along with many other duties. Leanne also provides Healing Touch (energy therapy) at the Bangor Region YMCA and coordinates the local Healing Touch volunteer program through Caring Connections.  


Katherine Perkins

Patient Navigator & Community Outreach Worker
Katherine Perkins joined the team in 2019 through a capacity building grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation. Katherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree and prior to joining the Caring Connections team, Katherine has worked in many community service programs, including: Director of Sweetser for disability services, NAMI Maine Respite Manager, as well as a Residential Service Coordinator at Partners for Peace. We are very lucky to have her join us! Through Caring Connections, Katherine provides advocacy and patient navigation for those receiving diagnostic and treatment services, assists with facilitation of all support groups, provides risk reduction education within community and school settings, and helps to manage the no-cost breast and cervical screening program.