2016-2017 Community Grants

Cancer Patient Support Foundation - Williston, VT

Cancer Patient Support Program
Cancer Patient Support Foundation
P.O. Box 1804
Williston, VT

The Cancer Patient Support Program is designed to allow cancer patients the funds they need to get to treatment and have the highest quality of life by providing financial assistance to meet their basic needs. The program’s vision is that all patients face cancer with dignity, confidence and serenity. The online portal allows requests to be expedited; typically requests are fulfilled within 72 hours. A network of social workers and medical providers throughout the coverage area ensure that all breast cancer patients have knowledge of and access to the emergency fund. The emergency fund helps cancer patients with everyday financial needs like medical co-pays and deductibles, prescriptions, transportation, housing, utilities, household expenses, child care, caregiving services, and durable medical equipment.

Central Vermont Medical Center - Barre, VT

Central Vermont Medical Center
P.O. Box 547
Barre, VT

The goal of the program at Central Vermont Medical Center is to continue to reduce financial barriers for residents attempting to obtain recommended breast cancer screening, so that no one in Central Vermont misses a screening. More women are insured, yet many have insurance with high deductibles. Komen grant funds help women pay for breast imaging in addition to providing free preventive occupational therapy services for all women with breast cancer. Desired outcome is that physical problems are prevented and women feel supported and empowered for self-care.

Charles River Community Health - Boston, MA

The Breast Health Program at CRCH
Charles River Community Health
495 Western Avenue
Boston, MA

The Breast Health Program at CRCH aims to reduce the incidence of late-stage cancer diagnoses among medically underserved women in Allston/Brighton and Waltham, by increasing the number of women who access screenings and primary care, including mammograms and clinical breast exams. This program utilizes comprehensive patient navigation and community outreach to bring low-income, medically underserved women into care. Patient navigators work to remove financial, linguistic, cultural, and transportation barriers to accessing care and preventive screenings. Navigators schedule screening appointments, provide client education, and link to other resources, including insurance enrollment assistance or transportation assistance. Clinical case managers track screening results, provide health education, and refer women to free treatment. This program will impact 1,000 women annually with a combination of education, screening and case management services, and empower women to advocate for their care.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Torrington, CT

The Pink Rose Program
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
540 Litchfield Street
Torrington, CT

The Pink Rose Program at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital provides funds for educational outreach and screening to assure that the women of northwest Connecticut have comprehensive, coordinated access to services related to breast cancer screening and treatment. The goal of the program is to increase the number of screenings and/or diagnostic services to medically underserved women in Northwest Connecticut by addressing barriers to accessing the healthcare system.

Fair Haven Community Health Center - New Haven, CT

Fair Haven Mobile Mammography Program
Fair Haven Community Health Center
372 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT

The Fair Haven Mammogram Screening Project is designed to increase the availability of mammography services to uninsured, inner-city women—primarily Latina and African-American—as well as women who have never received a screening mammogram.

Griffin Hospital - Derby, CT

Valley Breast Wellness Initiative
Griffin Hospital
130 Division Street
Derby, CT

The purpose of the Valley Breast Wellness Initiative is to provide outreach and education to all women in the greater Naugatuck Valley community about the importance of breast wellness and early detection, to identify barriers and to help clients overcome those barriers. Program staff make it possible to maintain a strong presence in neighborhoods in the Greater Valley area.

Hartford Hospital - Hartford, CT

Take the Time Mobile Mammography Program
Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT

A key priority of the Take the Time Mobile Mammography program is to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening by focusing on underserved, uninsured women in local settings to facilitate early detection of breast problems. Take the Time makes it easier for women to have a screening mammogram – the best tool for identifying breast cancer in its earliest stages. The program reaches out to women who would otherwise not have access to mammography services including women without insurance coverage. This program serves the Greater Hartford areas identified by the Susan G. Komen Southern New England “Community Profile of Breast Cancer in Connecticut” as “at risk” communities.

Hispanic Health Council - Hartford, CT

Cuidate/Take Care of Yourself Program
Hispanic Health Council, Inc.
175 Main Street
Hartford, CT

The Hispanic Health Council of Hartford increases access for Latinas and other low-income populations of the Greater Hartford area to early detection and treatment services for breast cancer. The program provides support throughout the entire continuum of cancer care for a minimum of 300 Latinas and other local women facing socioeconomic disparities.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - New Britain, CT

Breast Cancer Early Detection Program
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT

Uninsured and individuals with limited insurance coverage in need of breast cancer screenings will be referred to The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Early Detection Program for free services. This program is designed to increase awareness about breast health and importance of early detection. The ultimate goal is to get women screened and catch any cancers early in order to decrease breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in our communities.

Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital - Lebanon, NH

New Hampshire/Vermont Emergency Fund
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH

The purpose of the New Hampshire/Vermont Emergency Fund is to help meet the concrete needs of those diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing the additional burden of financial distress. The funds are available to all New Hampshire and Vermont residents who are receiving treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center or an affiliate. Women and men with breast cancer receive help to obtain medications, pay bills such as rent, fuel oil, car repairs, and food costs.

MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center - Chelsea, MA

Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program
MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) offers patient navigation services to ensure that women from underserved communities receive the necessary diagnostic work-up and, if necessary, treatment at MGH or a comparable Boston hospital/medical facility. A community-based navigator will work with patients in Charlestown, Chelsea, and Revere, through MGH HealthCare Centers. The objectives of the patient navigator is to ensure that patients who have an abnormal mammography or abnormal clinical findings arrive to a first appointment within 60 days. The navigator will also ensure that all diagnosed patients are assisted through the breast health continuum of care to address barriers to complete recommended treatment. The patient navigator is a key component of the program; identifying cases; making appointments; accompanying patients to the hospital; monitoring compliance with tests, treatments, and follow-up visits; and coordinating care with breast diagnostic/treatment center staff of the hospital.

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital - Fairfield, CT

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center
Bridgeport Hospital
111 Beach Road #5
Fairfield, CT

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital provides breast health services to uninsured, underinsured and newly insured women from high-risk communities in Greater Bridgeport. The program will raise awareness, remove barriers to care and increase access to screening. This innovative outreach program is designed to increase awareness of breast health and breast care services including free and low-cost clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies.

North Country Hospital & Health Center - Newport, VT

Breast Cancer Outreach Project
North Country Hospital
189 Prouty Drive
Newport, VT

North Country Hospital (NCH) serves a rural population with high poverty and unemployment rates. NCH began its Breast Cancer Outreach Project and in 2007 partnered with Northeastern VT Regional Hospital (NVRH) in St. Johnsbury and Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, NH. Annually, over 75 individuals receive services through the Breast Cancer Outreach Program: clinical breast exams, screening or diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and biopsies. Prioritizing family needs over one’s own health needs and lack of or under-insurance remain obstacles to screening. Easy access to the project alleviates financial burdens for those who might otherwise not be screened.

Northwestern Medical Center, Inc. - St. Albans, VT

The Northwestern Medical Center Breast Care Access
Northwestern Medical Center
133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT

The Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) Breast Care Access Program engages underinsured Franklin County women in the continuum of breast care by provide transportation for breast care, free mammography screenings, and holding alternative clinic hours. The program provides direct service for women that are experiencing barriers to care due to high co-pay or deductible costs, transportation issues, or lack of sick time to attend medical appointments and will also raise awareness in the community of programs available to support breast health.

Project Access New Haven - New Haven, CT

PA-NH Breast Health Navigation Program
Project Access New Haven
150 Sargent Avenue
New Haven, CT

Project Access New Haven provides intensive patient navigation for underserved patients with urgent specialty care needs, including diagnostic testing and treatment for breast cancer. Since opening in September 2010, the program has navigated 1000+ patients and coordinated the delivery of more than $16 million in donated care though extensive volunteer provider network. Patients experience reduced wait-times and high show-rates for medical appointments and report improved health and quality of life, increased ease of getting care and following treatment recommendations, and high program satisfaction at 1-year follow-up.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - New Haven, CT

Breast Health Patient Navigator Program
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.
345 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT

The patient navigator program provides support to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England patients who have abnormal clinical breast exams and need to obtain follow up services. The navigator program will primarily serve uninsured and underinsured women (those with high deductible plans), with a focus on women of color and Spanish-speaking women.

Rutland Regional Medical Center - Rutland, VT

The Breast Care Program
Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT

Rutland Regional Medical Center increases access to early detection and treatment for women, and engage women in the conversation about women’s health, breast health and breast cancer through: education, 1-on-1 consultations, interactive community events, and targeted education presentations for retail employers. Funding also supports work to remove financial barriers to care for women requiring additional views for screening and diagnosis.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation - Bennington, VT

SVMC Breast Care Program
Southwestern Vermont Health Care & Medical Center
100 Hospital Drive
Bennington, VT

The program serves women in Bennington County, VT, who have insurance but may have a high-deductible plan or who may not have time to get screened during the work week. The program has three goals: increase access to screening mammograms and diagnostic testing; raise awareness about the importance of early detection; and provide support and comfort to women with breast cancer. The project activities include providing funds for screening mammograms and diagnostic testing for up to 35 women who are unable to pay but do not qualify for other forms of assistance; executing an awareness campaign to reach 1,000 older and/or less educated women with a message about the importance of early detection; increasing access for 100 working women and busy mothers through a series of Screening Saturday events; giving comfort items and support books to 50 breast cancer patients who undergo treatment at SVMC.

St. Vincent's Medical Center - Bridgeport, CT

St. Vincent’s Women’s Imaging Center (SWIM)
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT

St. Vincent’s Medical Center offers patient navigation specifically focused on coordination of care, follow up and outreach for breast health patients. The purpose of the program is to work collaboratively with the Women’s Imaging Center and Mobile Mammography team to identify high-risk women in medically underserved populations to reduce the rate of breast cancer mortality through early detection, education, care coordination, and removal of barriers to care.

Trustees of Dartmouth - Hanover, NH

Mammogram Support Fund
Trustees of Dartmouth
11 Rope Ferry Road, #6210
Hanover, NH

The Mammogram Support Fund is offered to all patients and screening facilities in Vermont and New Hampshire to reduce the barriers to breast cancer screening and diagnostics. Partners throughout New Hampshire and Vermont will identify those in need as there continues to be a need for funding mammograms for uninsured women that do not qualify for BCCP or Medicaid.

University of Vermont College of Medicine - Burlington, VT

19th Annual Breast Cancer Conference
The University of Vermont Cancer Center
The Courtyard at Given
4th Floor North
89 Beaumont Avenue
Burlington, VT

On Friday, October 7, 2016, the UVM Cancer Center hosted its 19th Annual Breast Cancer Conference, this year to be named the Women’s Health and Cancer Conference, reflecting a broadening of content to include other cancers and health issues related to advancing and improving cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship. The majority of educational content will be focused on breast cancer. The event brings more than 800 patients, physicians, researchers, caregivers, and community members from the VT, NH, and surrounding region together for a full-day of learning. Topics include information clinical trials, prevention, screening, treatment, wellness, health policy, survivorship and more. Residents in our rural region face obstacles when accessing health care resources and may be challenged in finding reliable information about research, prevention and screening, counseling and diagnostics, and therapeutics, warranting a significant need for this free event.

Wheeler Clinic - Plainville, CT

Bristol Breast Health Patient Navigation Program
Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
91 Northwest Drive
Plainville, CT

The Bristol Breast Health Patient Navigation Program at Wheeler Clinic will increase outreach, patient awareness of breast health and breast cancer services, and access to breast health services and eliminate barriers to care. Patient education, engagement and support among low-income and asset-limited, income constrained patients, patients of color, and other vulnerable populations at entry points to service are critical needs.

YWCA of Greater Lawrence - Lawrence, MA

Breast Health Outreach and Education Project
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
38 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA

YWCA Women’s Health Advocacy Services (WHAS) targets medically under-served Latinas in Greater Lawrence where 73% of the population is Latino, many of whom are immigrants. Barriers impeding their access to healthcare are language, lack of health insurance or knowledge of how to obtain it, lack of a primary care doctor, lack of knowledge about preventive care, inability to pay co-pays, and/or concern over immigration status. WHAS employs four part-time bilingual Health Ambassadors who change or even save lives by distributing information and making referrals for mammograms, scheduling mammograms, assisting in applying for health insurance, sending appointment reminders, and helping to arrange follow-up care. They hold charlas, small intimate information sessions in homes, churches, hair salons, and places familiar to Latinas. In 2015, 332 women were referred for mammograms, 273 received them, 59 are pending, and 146 enrolled in health insurance.


Stowe Weekend of Hope, Inc.

Stowe Weekend of Hope
1 Mill Street
Suite 315
Burlington, VT

The Stowe Weekend of Hope provides a well-rounded educational program that focuses on the latest research, treatments, wellness and spiritual activities. We initiate a call for presentations in the fall asking presenters to submit an abstract for their proposed session. The program committee collaborates to develop a program that meets the needs of our attendees, and programming is targeted to past data on attendees, their cancer type, and their feedback on programming they need or would like to participate in. On average, 43% of our attendees are breast cancer survivors, and 29% are from Vermont and New Hampshire. Over 40 technical and wellness sessions are offered throughout the weekend led by local, national, and regional medical and survivorship specialists. There is a keynote address by a leader in the survivorship community as well as inspirational opening, closing ceremonies and an ecumenical candlelight service. The program gives survivors data, coping tools and strategies to help them better navigate their journey to health and wellness.