2010-2011 Grant Recipients
The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of over 125 Affiliates nationwide dedicated to putting an end to breast cancer, recently awarded community grants totaling $668,682 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 15 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 for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.
“Patient Care Coordination” ensures access to breast cancer treatment for women in Richmond and the surrounding counties who are poor, have no insurance, and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Treatment is provided by physicians who volunteer and donate their services to patients referred though Access Now, and may include biopsy, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy when indicated.
Augusta Regional Free Clinic
The “Recognition-Accountability-Coordination-Education (RACE)” program emphasizes the need for preventive care, assists patients with scheduling medical appointments and mammograms, and provides breast health education to low income, uninsured women aged 40-64 residing in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.
Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
“Breast Screenings for Uninsured/Underinsured Women” provides clinical breast exams, mammograms, and diagnostic studies for abnormal screening results free of charge to low income women age 40-64 in the Richmond metropolitan area. Komen funding gives Bon Secours Richmond an opportunity to impact women by screening and diagnosing them at an early stage when treatment is most effective.
Breast Health Coalition of the Valley
The “W.O.R.T.H. (Women’s OutReach To Healthcare)” program raises awareness, educates women about routine breast health, and offers free breast exams, screening, or diagnostic mammograms for underserved women in the Central Shenandoah Valley.
Centra – Pearson Cancer Center
Centra – Pearson Cancer Center“Oncology Breast Navigation and Witness Project Program” educates women about the importance of breast health, assists underserved women in obtaining screening mammograms and diagnostics at little or no cost, and navigates newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the continuum of care.
Central Virginia Health Services
New Canton, VA
“Providing Screening Mammograms ” ensures that uninsured, low income women receive critical breast health screenings and education at 14 clinics in Central Virginia.
Community Memorial Healthcenter
South Hill, VA
The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast health education, and transportation if needed, to uninsured women in the communities of Brunswick, Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and South Hill.
“Breast Health Initiative “ improves access to breast health services for low income, uninsured women in the Richmond area by providing breast cancer screening, culturally competent treatment for breast conditions, and breast cancer education.
Fan Free Clinic
“Pink Ticket Project” expands the clinic’s current on- and off- site breast health services by conducting semi-monthly breast cancer screening clinics as well as building on previously successful outreach activities in Richmond’s more vulnerable neighborhoods. With Komen funding, the Fan Free Clinic can provide clinical breast exams and breast health education to medically underserved women.
Halifax Regional Health System
South Boston, VA
“Supporting Breast Health in Uninsured and Underinsured Women Ages 40-64 in Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties” reduces barriers to breast health care in the rural, underserved region of southern Virginia. The program provides no-cost clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, fuel cards to support participants’ transportation, and culturally appropriate educational materials designed for African American women.
“Multiple service expansion to low and moderate income communities within the Greater Richmond area” furthers the organization’s mission to provide cancer patients with education, case management, financial and legal counseling, and help with navigating the system of care. Targeting the high need in Richmond, the proposed project creates and distributes new educational materials specific for breast cancer patients and those serving and caring for them. The program also includes outreach to underserved communities and thus provides client services to more breast cancer patients.
“Access and Survivorship Support for Latinas in Richmond” seeks to improve the health outcomes of medically underserved Latinas in metropolitan Richmond by facilitating the timely access to breast cancer screening, treatment, and information, while offering caring and culturally expert mental health support to breast cancer patients.
Senior Connections/Capital Area Agency on Aging
“Focus 50+ Screening” utilizes trained volunteers, staff, and partner agencies to educate and motivate women over 50 year old, especially African American and Hispanic women, to be screened for breast cancer.
Sisters Network Central Virginia, Inc.
“Stop the Silence” is a program of breast health education, outreach and engagement targeting African American women in the Richmond metropolitan area, with an emphasis on those who are uninsured or underinsured and low literacy. The project is expected to reach 10,500 women through community health events, faith-based settings, and monthly support groups.
Virginia State University Health Center
“P E A M – Prevention, Education, Access and Mammogram” addresses health disparities in breast cancer by providing prevention strategies through education programs and mammography screening. Through collaboration with other community organizations, emphasis is placed on women in the Tri-Cities area who generally experience poorer health – especially African American women who are uninsured or underinsured. The program is unique in that it trains and utilizes female students – some who are at high risk – to reach all women of color in the Petersburg area.