2018 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. Through fundraisers and generous donors, we were able to grant out over $220,000 for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. 

Coastal Community Health Services – “Breast Cancer Screening Program” $40,741

Through education, Coastal Community Health Services will provide an increased awareness and knowledge of breast cancer screening importance to low-income and minority women in Glynn & McIntosh Counties. This program will address barriers impeding mammography screening such as lack of knowledge of resources (free screenings) and the importance of screenings, fears of pain associated with screening and potential cancer diagnosis, and distrust and misperceptions of healthcare.  Our medical and case management staff will refer uninsured and low-income women for breast cancer screenings to our collaborative partner Southeast Georgia Health System, and will help navigate each patient from referral to screening.  At least 250 women will receive screening mammograms paid for by this grant; thus, reducing late stage breast cancer diagnoses.

Coastal Health District – “Coastal Health District Diagnostic Fund” $31,800

Coastal Health District’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) has over a 20-year history of providing breast cancer screening and diagnostic services. Funding has decreased in recent years creating a backlog of clients needing services. No funding exists for men with abnormal clinical findings and limited funds exist for women under 40 and/or women with incomes between 200-250% of federal poverty guidelines. This grant will supplement BCCP funds by creating a diagnostic fund for BCCP-excluded patients. The counties included in this project are Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Camden, and Glynn. Provided diagnostic services include 60 diagnostic mammograms, 60 ultrasounds, and 5 biopsies at contracted providers. Evaluation is based on goals versus actual number of patients seen. The project will bring additional breast cancer diagnostic capability for women in the community and will create a funding source for men with abnormal clinical findings.

Diversity Health Center – “Healthy Outreach Prevention Education (HOPE)” $50,000

The HOPE project will target the uninsured and under-insured residents of Liberty and Long Counties with a focus on African-American Women. The project will provide breast health education with emphasis on knowing what is normal for the individual, 255 screening mammograms, 40 diagnostic mammograms, 20 ultrasounds, 2 biopsies, and 250 client navigator services.  Client Navigator services include translation services, follow-up care, education, transportation, and linkage to available county resources. Educational outreach will be held throughout the communities in collaboration with churches, community, and cultural group events that Diversity currently partners with throughout the year. These events will be utilized as a source of connecting with the targeted population. Mobile mammogram services will be provided in rural areas of Long County to promote access to breast health care. Diversity will work in partnership with Liberty Regional Hospital to provide screening and diagnostic exams for Liberty County.


Southeast Georgia Health System – “Mammograms in Motion” $49,990

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 diagnoses for uninsured, under-insured and medically under-served 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 thru the continuum of care. Our program addresses barriers associated with access, cost, transportation and patient navigation. Free services reduce barriers associated with cost, availability at multiple locations improves access, our 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 202 screenings, 86 diagnostic exams and 12 biopsies.


St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System – “Expanding the Pathway to Survival” $48,041

Expanding the Pathway to Survival is designed to impact breast cancer outcomes in multiple socioeconomic disparity populations in the 34-county service area of St. Joseph’s/Candler including African-American, Hispanic, non-Hispanic, Caucasian, and Asian populations. The African-American community especially reports higher breast cancer mortality rates in federal, state, and organizational studies.  Key activities include breast health education, free mammography screenings, free diagnostic services, and diagnostic navigation to clients of SJ/C’s two medical homes that provide free care to clients with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  The program expects to provide breast cancer screening to 440 women to reduce breast cancer disparities through implementing evidence-based client and provider interventions.