2012-2013 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 $535,502 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 14 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.

Access Now
Richmond, VA

The “Patient Care Coordination” program provides access to treatment for breast cancer for women throughout the Richmond area who are poor, have no insurance, and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.  Patients receive primary care at local safety net clinics and are referred when specialty care is needed. With Komen funding, 50 breast cancer patients will have access to care provided at no charge by volunteer physicians who donate their time and services to the treatment of breast cancer.

For more information contact:

Marilyn Nicol
804-622-8143
mnicol@ramdocs.org
http://www.accessnow.ramdocs.org/

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Augusta Regional Free Clinic
Fishersville, VA

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. Thanks to Komen funding, 350 women in Augusta County will receive clinical breast exams and will be referred for mammograms this year.

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 Malone
804-594-4931
Nancy_Malone@bshsi.org
www.bsvaf.org

Central Virginia Health Services
New Canton, VA

Central Virginia Health Services will be using its Komen funding to ensure that 350 uninsured, low income women at 14 clinics across Central Virginia will receive critical breast health education, breast cancer screenings, and follow up, as needed. This grant award will give uninsured women the opportunity to access mammography services that otherwise would not be available to them.

For more information contact:

Randall Bashore, MD
434-581-3271
randallbashore@cvhsinc.org
www.cvhsinc.org

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Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department
Charlottesville, VA

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department works collaboratively to train Community Health Navigators from the local Hispanic population to share breast health information with their peers, direct them to services, and provide support to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Working in partnership with the Cancer Center at UVA, United Way, and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, the Health Department is leveraging Komen funds to improve access to breast care for Latinas in the Charlottesville area.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Beasley
434-972-6232
elizabeth.beasley@vdh.virginia.gov
www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/thomasjefferson

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 as needed to 125 uninsured women in the communities of Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and South Hill. Working collaboratively with other organizations, Community Memorial Healthcenter will reduce disparities in the community by reaching uninsured African American and Latina women.

For more information contact:

Cynthia Felton
434-447-3151, ext. 3922
cindy.felton@cmh-sh.org
www.cmh-sh.org

CrossOver Ministry
Richmond, VA

The “Breast Health Initiative” improves access to breast health services for 2,000 low income, uninsured women in the Richmond area by providing breast cancer screenings, referrals for mammograms and diagnostic testing, culturally competent treatment for breast conditions, and breast cancer education. By making screening and education a routine part of the services provided to patients – especially new patients – CrossOver can ensure the best possible outcomes for the clients they serve.

For more information contact:

Julie Bilodeau
804-426-7710
jbilodeau@crossoverministry.org
www.crossoverministry.org

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Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation
Richmond, VA

The “Free Mammography Outreach Program” is a unique, established healthcare initiative that provides breast health education, free mammograms, and follow-up care to uninsured or underinsured, low income women in the Greater Richmond area. In partnership with referring clinics, mammography facilities, and Access Now, the Foundation will provide 348 imaging procedures, accompanying treatments, and navigation to underserved women.

For more information contact:

Ellen Shaw de Paredes, MD
804-523-2303
esdp@ParedesInstitute.com
www.paredesfoundation.org

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Family YMCA Emporia-Greensville
Emporia, VA

“Passion for Pink” will empower women in the Crater Health District with the knowledge of early detection and available breast health resources and breast cancer screening services. Working with other community organizations, the YMCA will host fourteen educational sessions in strategic locations to reach 100 uninsured, low income 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 Services Program” 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 treatment. With Komen funding, the Fan Free Clinic hopes to reach 2,000 women in the Richmond area with its breast health initiative.

For more information contact:

Cathy Wheeler
804-358-6343 x136
cwheeler@fanfreeclinic.org
www.fanfreeclinic.org

Heart of Virginia
Farmville, VA

The “Breast Health Program” at the Heart of Virginia Free Clinic provides breast cancer screenings, breast health education, and referrals to follow up care for uninsured women ages 40-64 living in the Piedmont Health District. Breast health educational programs will be conducted for community and faith groups. The goal of the grant program is to reduce mortality from breast cancer by increasing the number of women who are diagnosed at an early stage.

For more information contact:

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

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Nueva Vida
Richmond, VA

“Comprehensive Breast Care Support” enhances the quality of life and health outcomes of uninsured and underserved Latinas in the Richmond area through collaboration with local health and community institutions. Nueva Vida will provide breast cancer education, access to screening, diagnosis, treatment, and end of life care, while offering caring and culturally enhanced expert mental health support to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Survivorship support will address the critical needs of women who face their disease far from family and friends, in a foreign environment, and often in poverty.

For more information contact:

Larisa Caicedo
202-233-9100
lcaicedo@nueva-vida.org
www.nueva-vida.org

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VCU Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, VA

Since 1999, the Check It Out® program has educated thousands of students in the Richmond area about breast health, local health services, and the importance of early detection of breast and testicular cancer. The collaborative program between Massey Cancer Center and Hadassah conducts interactive, educational sessions in local high schools. Massey Cancer Center nurses, Hadassah volunteers, and survivors present culturally appropriate educational materials, videos, and personal stories of survivorship. The program plans to reach 3,000 women by continuing services in the Richmond area high schools, expanding into the Tri-Cities schools, and adding local women’s correctional and detention centers.

For more information contact:

Polly Cole
804-628-1905
pacole@vcu.edu
www.massey.vcu.edu

Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA

The “Prevention, Education, Access, and Mammogram” (PEAM) program will make an impact on breast cancer disparities in the Petersburg area by providing screening mammograms and diagnostic testing, as needed, to 125 eligible women. Female students at the university – some of whom are at high risk – will reach out to older women of color in Petersburg to let them know the importance of mammography, self-breast exams, and clinical breast exams. The training and education provided to the younger women will promote better breast health and awareness for them as they mature.

For more information contact:

Rebecca Branch-Griffin, PhD
804-524-5674
rbgriffin@vsu.edu
www.vsu.edu