LOCAL FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER NOW OVER $1 MILLION STRONGER THANKS TO THE SUSAN G. KOMEN PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
Grant money will advance the breast cancer screening, treatment and support of fourteen community organizations in 2016-2017.
Susan G. Komen Philadelphia proudly announced in March the awarding of $1,095,341 in grants to fourteen organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer early detection and treatment programs, as well as education and navigation services, in 2016-2017. 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 2016-2017 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed more than $1 million 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, 2016-March 31, 2017.
“These grantees are our mission in action. They are in the trenches every day, connecting women and men in need with the free mammograms, treatment, education and support that can save their lives,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Philadelphia. “It’s not always easy… language, culture, lifestyles, fear… there can be many barriers and challenges. But our grantees 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 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. 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 2016-2017 Komen Philadelphia grants are expected to accomplish the following:
- Screening mammograms: 2,872
- Clinical breast exams: 1,319
- Diagnostic services: 1,964
- Community & patient navigation services: 1,060
- Interpretation/translation hours: 260
- Transportation assistance: 250
- Temporary Gap Funding/financial assistance: 50
- Education & outreach contacts: 6,370
“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 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 2016-2017 Komen Philadelphia Community Grant money is a result of the organization’s fund-raising efforts throughout 2015, 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 8) will help drive even greater grant resources for the years ahead.
“When many 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. So contrary to what many may think, our progress means we need to keep raising more money so we can adequately serve these growing numbers.”
2016-2017 Komen Philadelphia Grantees
- Abington Memorial Hospital-Jefferson Health: Closing the Gap (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Bayhealth Medical Center: Bayhealth Breast Screening and Treatment Partnership Program (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Christiana Care Health Services: Delaware’s Pink Ribbon Breast Program (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Crozer-Chester Foundation: Crozer Cares: A Comprehensive Breast Health Project (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Delco Memorial Foundation: Delco Cares (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Einstein Medical Center: Women In Need (WIN) Program (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health: Mammograms Made Easy (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Health Promotion Council: Breast Cancer Navigating, Educating and Supporting Together (NEST (community navigation & education)
- Lancaster General Hospital: Lancaster General Breast Health Program (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper: Camden County Screening Project (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Penn State Health-St. Joseph: Promoviendo el Poder del Rosado (Promoting the Power of Pink (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Project (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- SEAMAAC: Asian Women’s Health Program (community navigation & education)
- The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson’s Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Program (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
Also continuing grantee services from the previous grant period:
- Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center: Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Sisters (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Drexel University: Drexel University College of Medicine Women’s Health Project (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Penn Medicine: Penn Breast Health Initiative (screening, diagnostic & treatment)
- Sacred Heart Hospital: Allentown’s Beating Cancer (screening, diagnostic & treatment)