Komen Philadelphia Infuses Another $620,000 Into the Local Fight Against Breast Cancer

Our Community Grant Program fuels fourteen area hospitals to advance breast cancer screening, treatment and support programs in 2017-2018.

On February 10, Komen Philadelphia announced the awarding of $618,487 in grants to fourteen organizations to advance critical and lifesaving breast cancer early detection and treatment programs, as well as education and navigation services, in 2017-2018. The grantee group represents some of the finest healthcare, community and family service organizations from throughout Komen Philadelphia’s fifteen-county service area. Each grantee is focusing their Komen Philadelphia-funded program on closing the gap in breast cancer disparities by advancing outreach initiatives and providing women in need with access to vital breast health services.

For the 2017-2018 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed $618,487 in grants to support breast health education, awareness, screening and treatment initiatives specifically targeting medically underserved, uninsured and/or low-income populations. The grant period runs from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. These most recent grants brings Komen Philadelphia’s total Community Grant Program funding to approximately $58 million over the past 26 years, with the organization funding more than 167,000 free mammograms in the same time period. 

“Susan G. Komen has recently asserted our Bold Goal to reduce the current number of Breast Cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Philadelphia. “It’s an aggressive goal, but one in which we have complete confidence in large part due to fighting forces like our grantees. They are our mission in action. And because of them, more and more women are surviving breast cancer.”

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 financial ability.  Grants fall into two categories – screening/treatment and community navigation and education – with the outreach spanning 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.

“This past summer, Komen Philadelphia also got to work on a new goal to reduce the number of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses in our local community by 10 percent in a five-year period,” said Grobman. “We must go deeper into the neighborhoods to reach the women who still aren’t receiving or acting on our messages. We must get these women in for screening sooner so, if they do have breast cancer, it is detected at earlier stages and can be treated more successfully.”

“Our grantees are vital to this mission and in the trenches every day, connecting women and men in need with the free mammograms, treatment, education and support that can save their lives,” Grobman continued. “The grantees entrusted with our mission have shown us they will stop at nothing to make sure at-risk populations know that free services are available, and that they have the motivation as well as the means to get in and get checked out, get the best treatment and receive follow-up care.”

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 2017-2018 Komen Philadelphia grants are expected to accomplish the following:

  • Screening mammograms: 1,965
  • Clinical breast exams: 590
  • Diagnostic services: 808
  • Community & patient navigation services: 1,130
  • Interpretation/translation hours: 104
  • Transportation assistance: 30
  • Temporary Gap Funding/financial assistance: 44
  • Education & outreach contacts: 4,875

A list of the new grantees, grant type and funded program can be found here.

“Today, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., but we still have a long way to go,” said Grobman. “This time last year, just in our service area alone there were approximately 800,000 people without health insurance, and 1.2 million who were underinsured or couldn’t pay out-of-pocket costs for care. We simply cannot let these barriers prevent lives from being saved. Our grantees are extremely resourceful as well as extremely devoted to breaking down these barriers and giving thousands of people access to quality breast health services.”

The 2017-2018 Komen Philadelphia Community Grant money is a result of the organization’s fund-raising efforts throughout 2016, 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 14) will help drive even greater grant resources for the years ahead.  

“When people hear our Race can raise $2 million in a year, many think, ‘oh well that’s plenty,’ but I assure you, it only scratches the surface,” said Grobman. “The progress we’ve made in motivating women to practice early detection and prioritize their breast health over the past two decades means more women than ever are now seeking more of the services our Community Grant Program was established to deliver. Our progress means we need to keep raising more money so we can adequately serve these growing numbers.”

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