2015-2016 Grant Recipients

The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®, one of over 100 Affiliates nationwide dedicated to ending breast cancer, recently awarded community grants totaling $333,166 to support breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs in the Central Virginia Affiliate service area. The Komen Central Virginia Affiliate’s local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®, have enabled it to fund nine projects with the following organizations who will improve the lives of women in our area.

These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.

Augusta Regional Free Clinic
Fishersville, VA

The “Recognition-Accountability-Coordination-Education (RACE)” program ensures that 350 women in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County will receive clinical breast exams, mammograms, and follow-up this year. An Outreach Coordinator will provide education on breast health to at least 1,500 at-risk women through the program.

For more information contact:

Margaret Hersh
540-332-5611
afreeclinic@ntelos.net
www.augustafreeclinic.org

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Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
Richmond, VA

With Komen funding, Bon Secours Richmond Health System will provide breast screening and/or diagnostic testing services to 225 low-income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64. Clinical breast exams, mammograms, and diagnostic studies for abnormal screening results will be provided free of charge. Women with abnormal findings will receive case management services from a Bon Secours Registered Nurse and assistance with Medicaid enrollment for treatment if there is a diagnosis.

For more information contact:

Nancy Davis
804-594-4931
Nancy_Davis@bshsi.org
www.bsvaf.org

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Central Virginia Health Services, Inc.
New Canton, VA

“Screening Mammograms in Medically Underserved Areas” will help 260 uninsured, low income women receive screening mammograms. The program focuses primarily on women in the Piedmont Health District and Petersburg City who may not otherwise have access to screening mammography. Central Virginia Health Services will work with other organizations to provide assistance for women who need further diagnostic testing.

For more information contact:

Amanda Palmore
434-960-0134
amandapalmore@cvhsinc.org
www.cvhsinc.org

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Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation
Richmond, VA

The “Free Mammography Outreach Program” is a network that provides breast health services to uninsured or underinsured, low income women in the Greater Richmond area. The Paredes Foundation works in partnership with 24 free clinics and imaging centers to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and biopsies at no cost to the patient. If needed, treatment is provided through Access Now, a network of volunteer specialty physicians.

For more information contact:

Norah Lind
804-977-3923
norah.lind@paredesfoundation.org
www.paredesfoundation.org

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Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville
Emporia, VA

The “Passion for Pink” education program raises awareness of the importance of early detection and available breast health resources, with a particular emphasis on African American women in the City of Emporia and Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, and Sussex. Trained breast health facilitators educate women on a one-on-one basis at low-income apartment complex offices, beauty salons, and community events. In addition, educational group sessions are hosted at predominantly African American churches. The program goal is to reach 500 women.

For more information contact:

Kristin Vaughan
434-348-9622
kvaughan@ymcaofeg.org
www.emporiagreensvilleymca.org

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Fan Free Clinic
Richmond, VA

The “Patient-Centered Medical Home: Breast Health Initiative” strives to improve the quality of care for Fan Free Clinic’s uninsured female patients by monitoring breast health, providing culturally sensitive educational materials, and ensuring timely breast cancer screenings and diagnostics. Fan Free Clinic hopes that 2,000 women in the Richmond area will benefit from its breast health initiative.

For more information contact:

Shelly Holder
804-358-6343 x119
sholder@fanfreeclinic.org
www.fanfreeclinic.org

Halifax Regional Hospital
South Boston, VA

The Every Woman’s Life Coordinator at Halifax Regional Hospital will assist 200 uninsured or underinsured women age 40-64 in Halifax County in scheduling a mammogram and, if necessary, establishing a medical home. Patients will also be guided to further diagnostics and treatment, as needed. The grant program ensures that women receive integrated, appropriate care close to home.

For more information contact:

Deborah Knight
434-517-3589
deborah.knight@halifaxregional.com
www.hrhs.org

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Heart of Virginia Free Clinic
Farmville, VA

“Breast Health Program” provides screening, education, and navigation for referral, treatment, and follow up breast care for the uninsured, low income women ages 40-64 in the Piedmont Health District. Patients receive clinical breast exams at the clinic and referrals for a mammogram, further diagnostics, and treatment, as needed. The program includes educational presentations in partnership with other local organizations.

For more information contact:

Pat Payne
434-315-5701
heartofvirginiafreeclinic@yahoo.com

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VCU Community Memorial Hospital
South Hill, VA

The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, breast health education, and transportation as needed to 125 uninsured women ages 40-64 in the communities of Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and South Hill. Working collaboratively with other organizations, VCU Community Memorial Hospital will work to reduce disparities by reaching uninsured African American and Latina women in the community.

For more information contact:

Cindy Felton
434-774-2541
cindy.felton@cmh-sh.org
www.vcu-cmh.org

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