Grant money will advance the breast cancer education, support, screening and treatment programs of twelve community organizations in 2014-2015.
Susan G. Komen Philadelphia was proud to announce in February the awarding of $1,103,512 in grants to twelve organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer education, early detection and treatment, as well as support for survivors, in 2014-2015. The grantee group represents some of the finest healthcare, community and family service organizations from throughout Komen Philadelphia’s fifteen-county service area, and offers broad outreach in terms of ethnicity, income level, age and lifestyle.
For the 2014-2015 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed the more than $1.1 million in grants to support breast health education, awareness, screening, treatment and support projects specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women. Given the changes in the healthcare system, Health Insurance Counseling has also been given a greater focus in the group of funded programs. The grant period runs from April 1, 2014-March 31, 2014.
“Our Community Grants Program has always focused on saving lives in the present, as well as establishing foundations that better the odds for future generations to survive breast cancer,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. “However, we’ve entered a new era in our fight. We’ve made great progress in educating and motivating women to talk about breast cancer, practice early detection and prioritize their breast heath… and this progress means more women than ever are now seeking help.”
“Komen Philadelphia and the grantees that carry out our work truly have had to evolve our mission to meet the demand… it’s a demand we’ve created and it’s a wonderful thing that so many woman are taking charge of their health. But now we have an even greater 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.”
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 2014-2015 Komen Philadelphia grants are expected to accomplish the following:
- Screening mammograms: 3,682
- Clinical breast exams: 335
- Diagnostic services: 1,736
- Health insurance counseling sessions: 450
- Linkages to screening, treatment & survivorship support: 1,357
- Education & outreach contacts: 12,360
“The education, awareness and life-long sources of 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.”
2014-2015 Komen Philadelphia Grantees & Funded Programs
- Abington Memorial Hospital: Closing the Gap (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- 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: The Pink Ribbon Breast Program (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Crozer-Chester Foundation: Crozer Cares: A Comprehensive Breast Health Initiative (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Delco Memorial Foundation: Delco Cares: A Comprehensive Breast Health Initiative (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Drexel University College of Medicine: The Drexel University College of Medicine Women’s Health Project (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Einstein Healthcare Network: Women In Need (WIN) Program (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson’s Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Program (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Lancaster General Hospital: Lancaster General Breast Health Program (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper: Camden County Screening Project (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Project (grant type: Screening/Treatment)
- Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center: Sharing Our Story, Saving Our Sisters (grant type: Screening/Treatment)