The staff, volunteers and supporters of Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City could not be more proud than to announce more than $681,000 in grant funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. This is one of our best years and a testament to the generosity of our supporters searching for a cure! This commitment back to the Greater Kansas City community continues a 20-plus 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 $13.4 million in grants and looks forward to many more years supporting these worthy organizations:
CANCER ACTION // www.canceractionkc.org
Breast Cancer Patient Services Program // $90,023
Cancer Action provides programs and services that address the physical, social, emotional and financial needs of cancer patients and their families. Cancer Action delivers vital services and offers emotional support to women facing the challenge of breast cancer through prescription assistance, transportation to treatment, nutritional supplements, breast prosthesis, lymphedema sleeves, medical equipment and supplies, wigs, case management, education and emotional support from caring professional staff.
COALITION OF HISPANIC WOMEN AGAINST CANCER // www.chwac.org
Mujeres Ayundando Mujeres (MAM) "Women Helping Women" // $35,496
The Coalition of Hispanic Women against Cancer provides a comprehensive breast cancer program to increase awareness and knowledge among Latinas about breast cancer prevention, early detection, cancer screenings, and available community resources. The program will conduct community presentations to Latina women, attend community outreach events, navigate women to resources and host a Spanish-support group for breast cancer survivors.
GILDA’S CLUB // www.gildasclubkc.org
Breast Cancer Distress Screening & Support for Under & Uninsured // $16,560
Gilda’s Club identifies and reduces stress while survivors are actively in breast cancer treatment. The project provides distress screenings for the underserved and uninsured
as well as group support, community linkages and one-on-one support.
THE BREAST CENTER AT HEARTLAND HEALTH // www.heartland-health.com
Breaking Down Financial Barriers // $14,282
The Breast Center at Heartland Health will address the financial constraints keeping women from obtaining mammograms and follow-up diagnostic tests. Women scheduling a mammogram or referred for further diagnostic services will receive financial counseling. If it is found they do not qualify for established financial assistance but still have a need, The Breast Center at Heartland Health will be able to offer services at no charge.
KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT //
Early Detection Works // $53,352
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Early Detection Works Program provides breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to women ages 40-64 who meet income and insurance guidelines. Additionally, this program provides community education to Kansas residents through breast health education and outreach events with on-site enrollment to the program.
THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS ENDOWMENT
HEALTHY LIVING KANSAS //
Healthy Living Kansas Breast Health: Coming To Work for YOU! // $29,948
The Healthy Living Kansas program works in the critically underserved areas of northeast Kansas. The program partners with employers and the gaming industry to offer educational sessions to promote breast self-awareness and early detection. To enhance screening service access, the program assists with mammogram outreach days in collaboration with the local community service providers, tribes, and Early Detection Works. Additionally, the program will develop and disseminate a breast cancer resource toolkit to healthcare providers.
NORTHLAND HEALTH CARE ACCESS // www.northlandhealthcareaccess.org
Breast Care for the Uninsured // $36,179
Northland Health Care Access provides the full continuum of care for uninsured, low-income individuals from screenings to breast cancer treatment. All services are provided through charity care at no cost to the patient. Through the program, patients in need are linked to donated diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, and breast MRIs, as well as for follow-up after an abnormal initial screening, and general surgery services including biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, physical therapy, and oncology care. Psychosocial support is provided by
SAMUEL U. RODGERS HEALTH CENTER //
Samuel U. Rodgers Breast Health Program // $134,652
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center provides breast health education and breast cancer screenings to underserved populations. This program serves women ages 20-64 who are uninsured and underinsured and primarily targets African American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Somali populations. Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center will continue to provide community outreach and education, participate in community health screenings, diagnostic services, referrals, and case management services.
SOCIAL WELFARE BOARD //
Friends of the Free Clinic: A Neighborhood Approach to Prevention // $111,813
The Social Welfare Board provides education and screening for breast cancer. Women will be educated in neighborhood settings such as homes. Additionally, the clinic will perform clinical breast exams and arrange no cost mammograms and diagnostic services.
TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER // Patient Navigator Program // $47,090
Truman Medical Center’s Patient Navigator program is dedicated to ensuring that individuals receive support and guidance throughout the cancer care continuum. Truman Medical Center will promote mammograms among patients in hospital clinics. Additionally, at the time of the breast cancer diagnosis, the Patient Navigators will assist patients in navigating the health care system while supporting them with a broad range of services, including financial assistance, language interpretation, nutritional and physical fitness, and transportation.
UNIFIED GOVERNMENT PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT //
Screening Mammography Services for Qualified Women // $68,751
The Unified Government Public Health Department addresses the limitations that uninsured and socioeconomically challenged women in Wyandotte County have in accessing preventative screening services. Through this program, women will be educated at their annual exam on the importance of breast health awareness, be provided with yearly clinical breast exam and annual mammograms.
YMCA OF GREATER KANSAS CITY //
Salsa, Sabor y Salud // $10,610
YMCA of Greater Kansas City provides health education to Hispanic/Latino men and women and reduces fragmentation in the breast cancer continuum through effective partnerships in Wyandotte County. Education sessions will be delivered by bilingual staff at the Y's Salsa, Sabor y Salud healthy lifestyle behavior program. Then, program participants will be offered the opportunity to sign up for no-charge breast cancer screenings.
YWCA ST. JOSEPH // ENCOREplus Program // $33,340
The YWCA ENCOREplus program focuses on educating underserved women including: women of color, immigrants, low-income, and the un-insured/under-insured. ENCOREplus provides breast cancer education to the community. Additionally, the program provides screening referrals and assists women to resolve any barriers to receiving services such as interpretation services and transportation to appointments.
A very special thank you to Cancer Treatment Centers of America for sppnsoring our Komen Reveal event where each of these amazing grantees was announced and presented to the community.