The staff, volunteers and supporters of Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City could not be more proud than to announce more than $959,901 in grant funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This is our highest dollar amount ever and a testament to the generosity of our supporters searching for a cure! This nearly $1.0 million commitment back to the Greater Kansas City community continues a 20 year tradition of supporting breast health awareness, education and the provision of breast health services to the under-served and uninsured of our community. To date, Komen Kansas City has funded more than $10.0 million in grants and looks forward to many more years supporting these worthy organizations:
Atchison Hospital Association: $21,552 / Saving Lives with Early Detection www.atchisonhospital.orgSaving Lives with Early Detection focuses on increasing education and screening for women in Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, and Jefferson, Kansas. This includes educating 400 women in the communities and also increasing screening rates by an estimated 1,290 women.
This program ensures that 250 women in the African American community ages 40-64 receive culturally competent breast health education and patient navigation services for continuum of care, including Clinical Breast Exams and mammograms. www.bhcckc.org
Breast Cancer Services addresses the physical, social, emotional and financial needs that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis for those in Johnson and Wyandotte, Kansas and Clay, Jackson, and Platte, Missouri. This program provides services such as case management, prescription assistance, transportation, nutritional supplements, breast prosthesis, lymphedema sleeves, medical equipment and supplies, wigs, education, and emotional support.
This is a comprehensive breast health program to increase awareness and knowledge among Latinas about breast cancer prevention, early detection/screenings, and available community resources. In addition, this program will provide mammography screenings. Also, a 10-month, Spanish-speaking support group will be offered to breast cancer patients or survivors, reaching a minimum of 10 individuals.
This program works to provide psychosocial support to women diagnosed with breast cancer at Truman Medical Center. 45 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will be provided with an onsite distress screening. In addition, this project connects 144 women with breast cancer specific support and networking groups, led by licensed mental health professionals, where patients can connect with others who understand their experience.
Bridging the Gap-Access for All Women is designed to ensure access to screening and diagnostic services to all women in Doniphan, Buchanan, Clay, and Platte counties. This program provides breast health services for women who have undergone financial counseling and are identified to not meet requirements for other programs. In addition, this program provides monthly community outreach about breast health and giving opportunities for community members to sign up for mammograms.
Early Detection Works provides breast screening and diagnostic services to uninsured women in Kansas. The Early Detection Works Program will provide approximately 370 women, ages 40 to 49, with screening mammograms; 15 women with clinical breast exams; and 23 women with diagnostic services. In addition, this program also sponsors six breast health education events.
This program will use a community-based approach to raise breast self-awareness and inform women about existing screening resources. This will include 6 interactive educational workshops teaching individuals about breast self-awareness, prevention, early detection, and clinical screening guidelines. Collaborative efforts for screening referral services will be onsite at each educational event to ensure a seamless referral to local community mammography services.
Breast Care for the Uninsured provides the full continuum of care for uninsured, low-income women from screenings to breast cancer treatment and beyond. Women in Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties are educated about breast health and are then connected to providers for services at no cost to the patients. This program also educates and connects women to screening through direct mailings and care coordinators who connect patients to breast health services as well as providing psychosocial support. www.northlandhealthcareaccess.org
Mammogram access provides no charge comprehensive breast screening services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women. The program will provide clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, and diagnostic services. In addition, this program sponsors 6 breast health days to educate women and allow them to schedule screenings.
The Breast Screening and Education Program provides breast health education and an estimated 350 Clinical Breast Exams and screening mammograms for patients who are uninsured/underinsured through community referrals to the hospital. The program will also provide 350 taxi vouchers for transportation.
The Breast Health Program works to provide education, screening and case management services to uninsured and underinsured women in Jackson County. Through community outreach events, this program will provide breast self-awareness education, clinical breast exams, mammography screenings and diagnostic services. The Breast Care Coordinator provides women with case management through the health care system, following patients through the continuum of care as needed.
A Community Approach to Breast Cancer Prevention is a program that works to promote education and increase screening in Buchanan and Atchison counties. This program promotes breast self-awareness through “educational parties” that are held in homes and other places accessible to the community. This program also provides clinical breast exams and referrals to mammograms and follow-ups through Heartland.
The Patient Navigator Program is dedicated to ensuring that 60 newly diagnosed individuals receive the support they need to navigate through diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survivorship. This program also provides education literature to individuals. In addition nutritional and physical health educational sessions will also be provided to breast cancer survivors. This program allows low income, uninsured/underinsured women the ability to receive breast health education and access to preventative clinical breast exams and screening mammograms. This includes providing education classes through partnership with the YMCA’s Salsa Sabor y Salud program as well as through community outreach events. This program will work to improve access to culturally specific breast health education and services for uninsured and underinsured Hispanic and Latinos in Wyandotte County. Through partnership with Unified Government, this program will also work to ensure increased ease in navigating through the breast cancer continuum of care and provide access to clinical breast exams.The ENCORE program focuses on breast health education, in English and Spanish, for underserved women in Buchanan County. This program also works to reduce barriers for underserved women by providing Spanish interpretation and transportation services to 250 individuals. Through collaborative efforts with Heartland and Social Welfare Board, this program includes a 24 hour “Mammathon” where mammograms are provided, reminders are given, and future appointments can be scheduled.