2018-2019 Grant Recipients
Since 1998, Komen Central Virginia has invested over $6 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects and $2 million in national research grants. The Komen Central Virginia Affiliate’s local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®, have enabled it to fund 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. For information on breast cancer needs in Central Virginia, please read the 2015 Komen Central Virginia Community Profile Report.
Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.
Augusta Regional Free Clinic
“Continuation of RACE for Breast Health”
Preventive care and breast cancer outreach education will be provided to at least 1,200 at-risk women through the RACE program’s part-time Community Breast Cancer Outreach Coordinator. This individual will organize 360 medical visits including clinical breast exams, and coordinate medical exams, schedule appointments for mammograms, and follow-up on patient accountability. Women’s Health patients are given a clinical breast exam, pelvic examination and PAP test. If an abnormality is detected, the attending physician will order a diagnostic mammogram. The Coordinator will schedule the appointment for a mammogram. The clinical staff will review all results and the patient will be notified. The coordinator will also track and follow up on all exam results. Negative results and the recommended follow up will be discussed with the patient. All patients and results are tracked by electronic medical records and reported in the clinic’s database.
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Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
“Breast Screenings for Uninsured”
Bon Secours Richmond has been an Every Woman’s Life Provider since 2003, enrolling 5,273 women. The Virginia Department of Health had to set limits on the number of women ages 40-49 served with federal funds. Bon Secours Richmond has been awarded 500 federal screens (and 60 state screens) for FY 2018. It is imperative that Bon Secours Richmond secure supplemental funding to screen women through the full range of ages 40-64. With 2018 Komen funding, Bon Secours Richmond will provide clinical breast exams, breast screening and/or diagnostic services to eligible uninsured/under-insured women ages 40-64 and women 18-39 with abnormal breast symptoms, free of charge. Women with abnormal findings will receive case management from a Bon Secours Richmond Registered Nurse, and assistance with Medicaid enrollment for treatment if there is a diagnosis of breast cancer. A database of results is maintained by the Virginia Department of Health, allowing for summary of encounters.
“Breast Cancer Screenings and Education”
Funding from Komen will support CrossOver’s Breast Health Initiative, which focuses on breast health education and reducing barriers to care. Through CrossOver’s women’s health services, this initiative provides breast health education and screening services to low-income and/or minority patients at two medical clinics. CrossOver’s patient population is comprised of residents of the Metropolitan Richmond area who are uninsured and whose incomes are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). Women make up 62% of CrossOver’s patient population, and 56% are Hispanic or Latino, 12% are African-American, and 4% are Asian. This program includes education about breast cancer risk factors, early detection, and the importance of mammograms. CrossOver’s clinics offer patients breast health services, including well-woman exams, clinical breast exams, referrals for free and low-cost mammograms, interpretation services, and culturally competent health education.
Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic)
“Breast Health Services Program”
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH): Breast Health Services Program provides affordable breast cancer screenings, breast health care information and linkage to care. The clinic will serve low-income, uninsured African American, Hispanic and Caucasian cisgender women and transgender adults in the Greater Richmond area who have limited access to care.
Key Activities of the grant project include: affordable breast health screening/diagnostic referrals, proactive breast health monitoring/follow-up, and dissemination of culturally sensitive information regarding breast health and resources, one-on-one and in small groups.
During the grant period, the clinic will serve at least 1,640 of the target populations outlined above. Impact will be measured by tracking the number served and screening compliance rates (for clinical breast exams and mammograms). Also, while not measurable, the impact of this program will likely be magnified as those who receive services directly will likely share the knowledge they gain with their own networks.
Heart of Virginia Free Clinic
“Breast Health Program”
The Breast Health Program provides 90 screening mammograms, 20 diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, education, referrals and navigation for treatment and follow up for uninsured, low income women, ages 40-64, in the Piedmont Health District. Women receive mammograms and further diagnostic testing at the local hospital, Centra Southside Community. Clinical breast exams are done at the clinic (HOVFC). If a biopsy is required, a referral to the Every Woman’s Life Program, Centra Health, VCU, or UVA is initiated. HOVFC continues to cooperate with collaborating agencies in order to make the screening and follow-up referral progress go smoothly. The education component will offer education to 350 individuals in the target group. HOVFC’s focus continues to be early detection and diagnosis, referral, navigation and education of uninsured, low income and black women, who need this intervention to save lives.
VCU Community Memorial Hospital
South Hill, VA
“Pink Power Program”
With Komen funding, VCU-CMH provides education and breast health services to uninsured women between the ages of 40-64 who reside in Brunswick, Mecklenburg or Lunenburg Counties. The Pink Power Event offers breast health education and clinical breast exams on site, while inviting community leaders/partners to provide education on health related topics. Community outreach events are conducted throughout Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Lunenburg Counties in partnership with public libraries, businesses and church organizations.
VCU-CMH plans to provide the following services during the grant period: one-on-one education to 100 women, 75 screening mammograms, 25 diagnostic mammograms, 15 breast ultrasounds, and clinical breast exams as needed.
Educational efforts are evaluated with pre- and post-test surveys. Monthly reports are also generated and shared with the nurse manager and office director to ensure stated objectives are met.