The Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is proud to have awarded more than $950,000 in grants during the past eight years to promote breast health at all stages of life through prevention and early detection. Fundraising and grant-awarded programs have provided focused education to community members and healthcare providers. The Komen Siouxland Affiliate has sponsored or collaborated in many local and regional events, developing strong community partnerships and a high level of cause recognition. Third-party events such as Crop for the Cure and Pink in the Rink, an event with our local pro hockey team, yielded invitations to work with other regional organizations in promoting the Komen cause.
Grant funding has supported partnerships with a variety of prevention, treatment and support initiatives. These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in our service area based upon our Community Profile. Please note that Susan G. Komen for the Cure is not a direct service provider.
Grants awarded for 2013-2014 are listed below:
Apr 2013-Mar 2014 Grants Approved:
Total Community Grant amount: $143,000.00
Name of Project: Pink Prevention Partners Saving Lives (Education)
Amount Requested: $30,400.00
Amount Awarded: $30,400.00
The purpose of the program is to provide services and education to Thurston County related to breast cancer prevention, recognition and treatment. The project will increase their awareness of the benefit of breast cancer screenings and help them overcome the obstacles. These obstacles include the lack of health insurance, educational attainment, understanding the importance of screening thru mammography, high unemployment rates, high poverty rates, and single parent homes. This grant overcomes these obstacles with programs that will touch more than 600 women in Thurston County, or roughly 30% of the females between the ages of 18-64 residing within the communities.
2. Agency: Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City Foundation $25,402.00
Name of Project: Promoting Breast Health (Screening)
Amount Requested: $25,402.00
Amount Awarded: $25,402.00
Through communication with their primary care providers, Promoting Breast Health seeks to reach women who have not received mammograms per current recommendations. Identification of women over the age of 40 who have not received a mammogram in the past 14 months will be targeted by data query. The Akron Mercy Medical Clinic’s nurse will contact the patient to determine mammogram status and explain the need for this screening. Mammogram will be scheduled and when needed, a referral made to a low cost or free mammogram service. Follow up will happen on the patient’s records or by phone. For patients who would benefit from genetic testing but lack insurance coverage, grant funds will be used to cover the costs, either partially or fully depending on the client’s financial situation.
Name of Project: Breast Screening for Iowa’s Underserved, Low-Income Women (Screening)
Amount Requested: $25,965.00
Amount Awarded: $25,965.00
The Iowa Department of Public Health will provide access to breast screening and diagnostic services to 100 low-income, uninsured or underinsured women throughout the Affiliate service area. Access to mammography will be targeted to women who are eligible for the Iowa Care for Yourself Program. Services will be offered to women who access screening thru the Woodbury County local enrollment site. Women will receive comprehensive breast screenings including breast exams prior to mammography
4. Agency: Promise Community Health Center, Inc. $25,000.00
Name of Project: Sister to Sister or Hermana a Hermana (Screening)
Amount Requested: $25,000.00
Amount Awarded: $25,000.00
Increase awareness of and access to breast health care, education and mammography services for women in Sioux and Lyon counties. Key activities include: provision of affordable breast exams and mammography services at the health center and in partnership with local hospitals for affordable mammograms; convening community based programs in both Sioux and Lyon counties; use of media, including radio, newspapers, and church bulletins, to distribute communications. To education and self –learning modules to improve patients’ knowledge of breast health and inform patients 40 and older of the opportunity for free mammograms through the grant funding.
5. Agency: June E. Nylen Cancer Center $21,820.00
Name of Project: Serving our Sisters - Mammograms (Screening)
Amount Requested: $21,820.00
Amount Awarded: $21,820.00
Serving Our Sisters promotes and provides annual screening mammograms for underserved/uninsured women. It specifically targets women ages 35-49, who need financial assistance to cover the cost of screening. The program addresses the barriers to screening and educates women to the necessity of early detection. Program identifies strategies for motivating women to have regular mammograms.
6. Agency: June E. Nylen Cancer Center $14,413.00
Name of Project: Patient Assistance Fund (Treatment)
Amount Requested: $38,055.00
Amount Awarded: $14,413.00
Provide financial support for June E. Nylen Cancer Center breast cancer patients to receive help when it is most needed. This includes daily living expenses such as rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, prescription medications, medical supplies, gasoline, and home-care services.
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