2017 Grant Recipients

These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or under-insured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.

Coastal Community Health Services

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Through outreach and education, Coastal Community Health Services will provide a culturally competent and individual approach to increasing awareness, knowledge, and screening behaviors in low-income and minority women in Glynn and McIntosh Counties. By delivering messages in a personal, informative and empathic manner, this program will address barriers impeding mammography screening such as lack of knowledge of resources (free screening), importance of screening, fears of pain and potential cancer diagnosis, distrust and misconceptions of healthcare and lack of transportation. Our community outreach worker will access the target population in community based settings such as churches, hair and nail salons, senior citizen centers, and public housing, and will refer uninsured women for screenings and help navigate each patient from referral to screening and if necessary treatment. Through this grant, at least 400 women will receive education and 100 will receive mammograms.

Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care

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Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care (CVCPHC) is requesting $50,000 which will be utilized to provide 375 screening mammograms, and 33 diagnostic studies (diagnostic mammograms/ultrasounds/biopsies) for CVCPHC’s approximately 5,000 active medically under-served and uninsured women that require this critical service. This will contribute to CVCPHC’s overall ability for accessibility, early detection, awareness, and most importantly, positive patient outcomes. CVCPHC has a mammography unit which is fully operational. CVCPHC’s collaborating partner, South Coast Imaging Center, will continue to provide professional and technical support in reading, tracking, data storage, diagnostic studies, and follow-up. We expect this project to result in 375 screening mammograms and 33 diagnostic studies, enabling early detection of breast cancer, thus reducing morbidity and mortality. Our providers continue to provide clinical breast exams and breast health education to all women.

Hearts and Hands Clinic

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The Hearts and Hands Clinic serves Bulloch County residents who are uninsured and live at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. According to census.gov, 19.1% the population under age 65 is uninsured and 31.4% live in poverty. The Komen Community Profile Report characterizes the county as “poverty, rural, medically underserved” (page 28). Our patients desperately need breast health education and awareness and financial assistance with screening and diagnostic services. In 2015, 53% of our patients were African-American. The Hearts and Hands Clinic is in a strong position to directly address two priority populations: (1) Black/African-American residents and (2) medically underserved Residents. The Hearts and Hands Clinic will provide mammograms to 125 people in our target audience, 50% of whom will be African-American, and will provide breast health awareness and education to women throughout Bulloch County.

Liberty County Health Department

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The BRAVE III project is a continuation project in Liberty and Long Counties. The BRAVE III target populations are African-American women in rural Liberty County and medically-underserved women in Long County. The project will provide breast health education with an emphasis of knowing what is normal for the individual, clinical breast exams, mobile screening mammograms, diagnostic services and client navigator services which will include translation, follow-up care, education, transportation, and linkage to available county resources. Educational outreach sessions will be held along with mobile mammogram services in churches, grocery stores, and cultural events hosted in rural areas to promote access to breast health care. The number of women screened, the number of women receiving breast diagnostic services, and number of early breast cancers detected will measure the project’s impact.

Memorial University Medical Center

Women should feel like empowered partners in treatment and care decisions. However, studies show that most women do not feel they were informed or prepared for diagnostic procedures. Currently, most navigation services are provided to women during the treatment phase of breast cancer. Few services are offered during the diagnostic phase, as women face great uncertainty and have little experience interacting with a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This leaves most women feeling overwhelmed and confused at a particularly vulnerable time. The Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center is closing this gap in the cancer care continuum by providing a breast diagnostic nurse navigator (BDNN) to patients with abnormal mammograms.  ACI anticipates the BDNN will positively affect more than 500 potential breast cancer patients every year. The BDNN connects with patients at the point of an abnormal mammogram and supports them to the point of resolution or surgical consultation.

Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick Location

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Mammograms in Motion is a Health System led, community collaborative aimed at improving access to care and reducing the incidence of late stage breast cancer diagnosis for uninsured, under insured and medically underserved residents of Glynn, Camden, Long and McIntosh counties. This is achieved through collaboration with clinicians, nonprofits and other community partners to provide free breast health education and outreach and free screening and diagnostic breast services through the continuum of care.  This program addresses barriers associated with access, cost, transportation and patient navigation. Free services reduce barriers associated with cost, and availability at multiple locations improves access.  The Wellness on Wheels mobile unit brings screening services to rural areas with transportation issues, and the use of a dedicated breast care nurse navigator assists with patient transitions in care. Grant dollars will cover an estimated 200 screenings, 70 diagnostic exams and 12 biopsies.

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

The Komen 2015 Community Profile Report states that “7 of the 9 counties in the affiliate service area are considered 100% medically-underserved” and that “African-American women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage disease and die due to breast cancer.”  The report also cites education, the lack of funding for free breast exams for women under age 40, work/childcare/schedule restrictions, and monetary concerns as roadblocks for minority and uninsured or underinsured people in Coastal Georgia.  EMBRACE is the next step in continuing our Pathway to Survival Program.  EMBRACE uses education, mammography screening, breast health awareness, regular exams, availability, cancer care navigation and evaluation of outcomes in our medical home and mobile mammography settings.  Based on clinical and mobile visits (2015-16), we hope to provide mammography clinical care for 750 women and men.  Evaluation will include monthly program monitoring and process outcome evaluation.