Community Grants Impact
Komen Tidewater is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Southeastern Virginia. Through the 2018-19 community grants, Komen Tidewater is investing $138,560 in education, diagnostics, treatment and support programs to 6 local organizations serving uninsured or underinsured residents in our 22 city/county service area.
Since it was founded in 1999, Komen Tidewater has invested more than $5 million in local non-profits for breast health services while also contributing $1.95 million to Komen’s National Research Grant Program.
The funds Komen Tidewater grants to community programs in our service area have made a positive difference in the lives of those effected by this deadly disease. To learn more about the Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.
Komen Tidewater funding provides:
- Breast health education throughout the 22 cities and counties in the Tidewater Affiliate service area
- Screening mammograms for medically underserved Tidewater residents
- Breast cancer diagnostic services
- Reduce barriers to care, including transportation services to medical appointments, prostheses, and case management
2018 Komen Tidewater Community Grants
Eastern Shore health District – Life Matters
The Life Matters Program will reduce barriers to care by providing patient navigation services, free screenings and diagnostic testing to 350 uninsured/underinsured men and women between the ages of 18 to 75 earning incomes less than 300% of the poverty level. Our primary focus will be those individuals who are not eligible for Every Woman’s Life, this includes but is not limited to: men in need of diagnostic testing, women under 40 requiring a baseline mammogram, women over 64 in need of screening mammograms that cannot afford Medicare and are uninsured as a result, individuals earning between 200% and 300% of the poverty level, and any uninsured or underinsured individual in need of diagnostic testing. Educational materials will be distributed to 4 African American Churches, 3 worksites and one educational facility resulting in the enrollment of 25 additional women. With these efforts we will continue to decrease the number of late stage diagnosis thereby saving lives.
Hampton Health Department – Breast Services for Uninsured Women of Hampton
Hampton Health Department’s project goal is to reduce breast cancer mortality by increasing the number of women who enter the Continuum of Care (COC). Outreach targets African American women living in Hampton and women without insurance and/or are unable to cover co-pays. Barriers due to lack of transportation or experienced by non-English speaking women will be addressed. 300 women will receive outreach programming through a series of “Know Your Normal” presentations and at “Worship in Pink” celebrations. 150 women will receive screening, diagnostic, and patient navigation services through HHD and Sentara Health System. Evaluation includes program participants’ surveys indicating new knowledge, screening status, and barriers to care; and follow up data demonstrating a link between outreach activities and entrance into care. Expected impacts are increases in awareness of the importance of knowing your normal; women delinquent for screening and/or never screened entering the COC.
Lackey Clinic – Improving Access to Breast Health Care for Newport News Residents
The Improving Access to Breast Health Care for Newport News(NN) Residents program at Lackey Clinic (LC) includes all phases of breast healthcare to address the following priority areas in the Komen Tidewater Community Profile Report: 1) Reduce late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer for women in NN; 2) Reduce late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in this service area. Through collaborative efforts, LC will impact breast healthcare in the following ways: 1) educate and promote breast health awareness to 398 NN uninsured women ages 20-65, 2) increase screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care including 150 screening and 60 diagnostic mammograms for women between the ages of 40-64 in NN, and 3) reduce number of NN unscreened women, 65% of NN patients LC serves are women. Through funding, education, and partnerships, LC patients will have access to a continuum of care without creating an additional financial burden on the community.
Riverside Health System – improving Access to Breast Health Care for Newport News Residents
Riverside Cancer Services seeks to fund a grant intended to reduce breast cancer health disparities and increase the diagnosis of breast cancer at an earlier more treatable stage. Riverside will develop initiatives to improve access for 125 breast cancer screening services and 35 diagnostic breast services for uninsured, low-income women living within the Peninsula, Hampton and Three Rivers Health Districts. We will concentrate our efforts on enrolling women from the Affiliates community priority, Newport News, focusing on African American women and women ineligible for the Every Woman’s Life program. Through partnerships Riverside will develop educational strategies to inform women about breast health practices and the importance of breast cancer prevention and early detection. The primary metrics specifically target utilization of all mammography allocations. As an 18 year Every Woman’s Life provider Riverside also offers a valuable link to breast biopsy services.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Free Mammograms, Screening and Education
The program will address the need that is identified in the Affiliate’s Community Profile to reduce the late-stage incidence and death rates in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Newport News by providing 130 free mammogram screening services for uninsured women 40 and older. We propose to include Norfolk based on high percent of late stage incidence. According to the Sentara Cancer Registry, 80% of Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis in Norfolk were African American women. The practice of evidence-based medicine is organically part of our culture and early detection through screening mammograms lead to better outcomes. To encourage screening, we will provide educational sessions in the communities that have been identified as high risk areas and patient navigation services to support patients through diagnosis and treatment. The number of screenings and positive findings will be used to evaluate the program. Patients will be asked to complete a survey on services rendered and how funding helped.
Western Tidewater Free Clinic – Western Tidewater Free Clinic’s Breast Health Program
All localities of Western Tidewater Free Clinic (WTFC) service area are listed as medium to highest or highest in intervention priorities according to the Susan G. Komen Tidewater Community Profile, 2015. WT is not predicted to meet the Healthy People 2020 targets for death and late-stage incidence of breast cancer. Women must be diagnosed by an Every Women’s Life (EWL) provider (WTFC) to enable those with precancerous or cancerous breast lesions immediate access to Medicaid. Komen funding assists women to receive screening mammograms insuring eligibility for EWL services if needed. Our program promotes the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care with a focus on patient navigation, barrier reduction and consistent education to increase access and utilization of breast health services. We will provide mammograms for 300 low-income women advocating evidence based-practice and coordinated case management with a goal of reducing late-stage breast cancer diagnosis’s and breast cancer mortality.