SUSAN G. KOMEN PHILADELPHIA® COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM INFUSES OVER $1.3 MILLION INTO THE LOCAL FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Grant money will advance the breast cancer screening and treatment programs of fifteen community organizations in 2015-2016.
Komen Philadelphia proudly announces the awarding of $1,369,768 in grants to fifteen organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer early detection and treatment, as well as support for patients, in 2015-2016. The grantee group represents some of the finest healthcare, community and family service organizations from throughout Komen Philadelphia’s fifteen-county service area, focused on outreach providing access to vital breast health services for women in need.
For the 2015-2016 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed the more than $1.3 million in grants to support breast health education, awareness, screening and treatment initiatives specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women.. The grant period runs from April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016.
“Over the years our Community Grants Program has driven great progress in educating and motivating women to talk about breast cancer, practice early detection and prioritize their breast heath,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. “This progress means more women than ever are now seeking help, and our current grantees are at the ready to deliver with free mammograms and treatment. This new era is about leveling the playing for ALL women to survive.”
“Komen Philadelphia has a responsibility to the 3.7 million women we serve to assure EVERY one of them has ready access to the doctors, services and support that save lives. Together, Komen Philadelphia and our grantees are making sure that happens. By doing this, as well as our continued support of research, we move ever closer to FINISHING this fight… that is, seeing the day when every one diagnosed with breast cancer is unconditionally assures to survive it.
Komen Philadelphia distributes grants to organizations that work with the medically underserved, including uninsured and underinsured individuals and those individuals who may not receive adequate care because of barriers such as language, cultural differences and fear. The outreach spans the Komen Philadelphia service area of: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE. Grants are made possible by the organization’s family of supporters – ranging from Race for the Cure sponsors and participants, to educational program sponsors, to individual donors – all making a very tangible impact in their communities through the work of Komen Philadelphia and its grantees.
Komen Philadelphia’s rigorous grantee selection process assures funded programs uphold the integrity of the Komen name and meet the needs of diverse communities throughout its service area. In total, the programs funded by 2015-2016 Komen Philadelphia grants are expected to accomplish the following:
- Screening mammograms: 5,118
- Clinical breast exams: 1,480
- Diagnostic services: 2,587
- Health insurance counseling sessions: 645
- Transportation assistance: 862
- Temporary Gap Funding/financial assistance: 62
- Interpretation/translation hours: 431
- Education & outreach contacts: 10,455
“The support and empowerment provided by our grantees lay the foundations so that more and more people can survive breast cancer,” said Carlos Hernandez, Program Director, Grants & Public Policy, Komen Philadelphia. “Our grantees are highly capable and extremely devoted … they are out in our neighborhoods every day to assure women have access right now to the services they need to detect breast cancer as early as possible and, if needed, face a diagnosis with the best possible care. They are leading millions of people out of the darkness of breast cancer and instead filling their journey with hope and life-enriching, life-saving services regardless of race, financial ability, education or background.”
The 2015-2016 Komen Philadelphia Community Grant money is a result of the organization’s fund-raising efforts throughout 2014, the largest contributor being the annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.® Komen Philadelphia is hopeful this year’s Race (Mother’s Day, May 10) will help drive event greater grant resources for the year ahead.
2015-2016 Komen Philadelphia Grantees
- Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health: Closing the Gap
- Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center: Sharing Our Story, Saving Our Sisters
- The Center for Asian Health, Temple University: Breast Cancer Education and Clinical Support for Underserved Asian-American Women (grant type: Education)
- Christiana Care, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center: Delaware’s Pink Ribbon Breast Program
- Crozer-Chester Foundation: Crozer Cares: A Comprehensive Breast Health Initiative
- Delco Memorial Foundation: Delco Cares: A Comprehensive Breast Health Initiative
- Drexel University College of Medicine: The Drexel University College of Medicine Women’s Health Project
- Einstein Healthcare Network: Women In Need (WIN) Program
- Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health: Mammograms Made Easy
- Lancaster General Hospital: Lancaster General Breast Health Program
- MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper: Camden County Screening Project
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Project
- Sacred Heart Hospital: Allentown’s Beating Breast Cancer
- Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson’s Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Program
- St. Joseph Medical Center: Promoviendo el Poder del Rosado (Promoting the Power of Pink)
- University of Pennsylvania Health System: The Penn Breast Health Initiative