SUSAN G. KOMEN® CHARLOTTE AWARDS $870,736 IN NEW COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR LOCAL BREAST CANCER SERVICES

CHARLOTTE, NC – JUNE 20, 2017 – Susan G. Komen Charlotte announced $870,736 in new community grants for 2017. To help achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Charlotte annually funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

Komen Charlotte’s local grants cover a 13-county service area, including Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York counties.

This year’s local Komen Charlotte grants were awarded to:

CABARRUS COUNTY

Cabarrus Health Alliance

  • Category: Education

The Cabarrus-Rowan Breast Health Education Program provides outreach and education to African-American and uninsured/low-income/medically-underserved women in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Participants are linked with clinical breast exams and mammography services and are assisted in overcoming barriers to accessing services. A text messaging service will be used for client reminders and messages that promote breast health, and program outcomes are measured and tracked.

Cabarrus Health Alliance

  • Category: Screening and Diagnostics

The Cabarrus-Rowan Breast Health Screening Program serves uninsured/low-income/medically underserved women to provide them with clinical breast exams, mammography services, and assist them in overcoming barriers to accessing services.

Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast

  • Category: Screening and Diagnostics

The CHS NE Breast Health Outreach Program aims to increase access to screening mammograms, including 3D Tomosynthesis and diagnostic services for uninsured, underinsured and underserved residents; thereby resulting in early breast cancer detection & ultimately, a decreased mortality rate.

GASTON COUNTY

CaroMont Cancer Center at CaroMont Regional Medical Center

  • Category: Screening and Diagnostics

The No Women Left Behind Program provides comprehensive breast health care for underserved, disadvantaged or minority women in the community who do not qualify for other means of assistance for breast cancer screening and diagnostic services.

IREDELL COUNTY

Chestnut Grove Community Center

  • Category: Education and Screening

The program serves women who are uninsured or underinsured to provide breast health education and screening mammograms. The program works with Iredell Health System to ensure follow-up for women who need diagnostics.

Iredell Health System

  • Category: Diagnostics

The program will reduce the financial burden faced by uninsured or underinsured individuals who need breast cancer diagnostic services in Iredell County. The grant will serve approximately 100 individuals with diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. IHS will work with Chestnut Grove Community Center in Statesville, affiliated clinics and the local health department to find individuals in need of these services.

LINCOLN COUNTY

Lincoln County Health Department

  • Category: Screening, Diagnostics and Education

“Pink with a Purpose” delivers breast health services and education to residents of Lincoln County with emphasis on the Hispanic/Latina, African American, uninsured or underinsured women and men not eligible for BCCCP or covered under the Affordable Care Act.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY

Carolinas Rehabilitation – Main

  • Category: Lymphedema

The ACT-UP program provides treatment and compression bandages/garments for women and/or men with lymphedema who are unable to afford them due to being uninsured or underinsured. This program allows patients to receive optimal healthcare for their chronic condition without the financial burden and stresses.

Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc.

  • Category: Screening and Education

Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc. provides screening mammograms and breast health education for low-income, uninsured individuals with the goal of discovering breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

  • Category: Screening and Diagnostics

The Person-to-Person Program serves women between the ages of 40-64 years who are uninsured or underinsured. Mobile mammography will be used and services provided include screenings, ultrasounds, diagnostic mammograms and biopsies. The program will provide 540 screening mammograms and 225 diagnostic services to women in Mecklenburg County.

Novant Health –Huntersville and Matthews Medical Centers

  • Category: Screening, Diagnostics and Education

The program provides screening and diagnostic services to under/uninsured individuals. 400 screening mammograms will be accompanied by breast health education at a Novant Health imaging center or mobile mammography unit. 60 individuals with dense breasts will be referred for 3D mammograms and 88 diagnostic procedures will be provided for individuals needing follow-up services. Everyone screened receives one-on-one, evidence-based breast health education.

Novant Health – Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Category: Screening, Diagnostics and EducationThe program provides screening and diagnostic services to under/uninsured individuals. 210 screening mammograms will be accompanied by breast health education at a Novant Health imaging center or mobile mammography unit. 40 individuals with dense breasts will be referred for 3D mammograms and 345 diagnostic procedures will be provided for individuals needing follow-up services. Everyone screened receives one-on-one, evidence-based breast health education.

MONTGOMERY AND RICHMOND COUNTY

FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc.

  • Category: Screening, Treatment Assistance and Transportation

The program provides screening mammograms, transportation assistance for treatment, and financial support for out-of-pocket costs for low-income, uninsured/underinsured women in Montgomery and Richmond counties.

ROWAN COUNTY

Novant Health- Rowan Medical Center

  • Category: Screening, Diagnostics and Education

The program will provide screenings, diagnostic imaging and biopsies to under/uninsured individuals in Rowan and Cabarrus counties through both clinic-based and mobile mammography.175 screening mammograms, accompanying one-on-one, culturally appropriate breast health education and 140 diagnostic services will be provided. This program will increase the number of individuals who receive an annual screening mammogram with the goal of reducing late-stage breast cancer diagnoses.

STANLY COUNTY

Stanly Regional Medical Center Foundation

  • Category: Screenings

Project CURE key activities include outreach and education resulting in screening mammograms for low income, uninsured women in Stanly County with a targeted outreach to include homeless women, and women with no primary care provider. 275 women will be screened with a goal to maintain or decrease the mortality rate of breast cancer through early detection.

UNION COUNTY

Union County Division of Public Health

  • Category: Screening, Diagnostics and Education

The ABC Project provides education, screening and diagnostic services for the prevention and early detection of breast cancer, to the uninsured and underinsured in Anson and Union Counties. The program uses preventive and potentially lifesaving services to detect breast cancer at an early stage and to educate on the need of having annual mammograms.

MULTIPLE COUNTIES

Carolinas HealthCare System (Project Lymph E.D.E.M.A.)

  • Category: Lymphedema

Project Lymph E.D.E.M.A. provides education, lymphedema treatment and garments to uninsured/ underinsured survivors in the community. The grant is a collaborative partnership between 7 CHS affiliate hospitals who provide lymphedema services. Utilizing a multifaceted approach including education, early evaluation, specialized treatment, and necessary medical equipment, the goal is to impact the lives of more than 300 breast cancer survivors.

Since 1998, Komen Charlotte has funded more than $16 million to community projects serving local women and men, while contributing more than $6 million to Komen’s national research grants program.

“Our goal is to ensure life-saving breast health and breast cancer services are available to everyone who needs them in our community, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Sarah Bailey, Director of Community Health. “We are confident that these 17 programs will not only provide quality care, but will help thousands of local individuals enter and progress through the breast health/breast cancer continuum of care.”

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Charlotte

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Charlotte is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure®, Komen Charlotte has invested more than $16 million in community breast health programs in 13 counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 704-347-8181 or visit komencharlotte.org.

For more information about Komen Charlotte’s local grants, click here.

 

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Contact:
Amanda Meyers
Director of Marketing & Communication
Susan G. Komen® Charlotte
704-347-8181
a.meyers@komencharlotte.org