2018-2019 Community Grants

Cancer Patient Support Foundation - Williston, VT

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

The Cancer Patient Support Foundation works with medical providers throughout their coverage area to ensure that all patients have knowledge of and access to our Emergency Fund. The fund helps cancer patients with everyday financial needs, by looking to remove barriers to treatment and ensure that the patient has the highest quality of life possible. We provide funds for transportation, medical co-pays & deductibles, prescriptions, childcare, lodging, rent, utilities, and food. We support breast cancer patients in Vermont and New Hampshire, with a focus on Addison County, VT.

Central Vermont Medical Center - Barre, VT

Central Vermont Medical Center
Affordable Breast Imaging at CVMC
P.O. Box 547
Barre, VT


Komen funds will help pay for breast cancer screening for uninsured women who don’t qualify for other support, and underinsured women who have significant cost-sharing. It is likely that some women are reluctant to get screened because they are not aware their insurance covers the service, and that some because they have had a high cost-share in the past. We will advertise the availability of these funds so women know the financial obstacle can be removed.

Family Health Center of Worcester - Worcester, MA

Breast Health Outreach and Navigation for Low-Income, Under-served Populations
Family Health Center of Worcester
26 Queen St,
Worcester, MA

Family Health Center of Worcester will target low-income, immigrant & refugee women in Worcester, Hispanic women, and Black/African-American or African-born women. Low income, culturally diverse women residing in Worcester will benefit from a Breast Health Navigator to improve screening rates by identifying barriers to screening and addressing the barriers through a combination of clinic in-reach & community outreach strategies & increased breast cancer education in their language of care.

Fish River Rural Health- Eagle Lake, ME

Breast Health Outreach and Education 
Fish River Rural Health
10 Carter St
Eagle Lake, ME 04739

Fish River Rural Health (FRRH) will offer comprehensive breast health education outreach to both its patients and community population. During health physical exams, woman will have the option of viewing a mammogram focused DVD prior to seeing the healthcare provider. No-cost or low-cost mammograms will be available, as well as, transportation/lodging assistance to qualifying FRRH patients. In addition, FRRH oversees the local breast cancer support group.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - New Britain, CT

Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street,
New Britain, CT 06052

The Hospital of Central Connecticut will utilize Komen funding to provide breast cancer screenings in order to decrease the incidence and mortality rates in New Britain. including Plainville, Newington, Berlin and Bristol, CT. This program will provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds to under and un-insured women in the community; participate in community outreach activities; recruit women to the screening program from these outreach efforts; advertise to heighten awareness; educate women of all financial situations to the importance of early detection and regular screenings; navigate patients through the complicated cancer-care process; and increase access to patient services for at-risk populations.

Hispanic Health Council - Hartford, CT

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

Komen New England funds “Cuidate/Take Care of Yourself”, a culturally competent, community-based program that has increased early detection and treatment of breast cancer in Latinas and other low-income populations of the Greater Hartford area. The program will provide support throughout the cancer care continuum for a minimum of 300 Latinas and other women facing socioeconomic disparities. The program’s full-time patient navigator will navigate individuals through a coordinated patient referral system of services. The program aims to decrease late-stage breast cancer rates and mortality rates by promoting breast health awareness through patient navigator-lead education and outreach, assuring the quality of care through patient navigation, and strengthening, coordinating, and collaborating with existing breast health resources and services in the Greater Hartford Area. 

Massachusetts General Hospital- Chelsea, MA

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

Massachusetts General Hospital will leverage our community partnerships, experienced staff, and infrastructure to provide patient navigation following abnormal mammography or abnormal clinical findings to the under-served Massachusetts communities of Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere, where residents often face multiple barriers to care. In one year, a Komen-funded community-based navigator would reach patients through MGH HealthCare Centers and provide them with effective patient navigation services, ensuring that 92% of patients who have an abnormal mammography or abnormal clinical findings arrive to a first appointment within 60 days and assisting all diagnosed patients through the Breast Health Continuum of Care.

Project Access New Haven - New Haven, CT

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

The PA-NH Breast Health Navigation Program provides intensive patient navigation for under-served individuals with abnormal breast cancer screenings or breast cancer diagnoses. We coordinate timely diagnostic testing and treatment, remove barriers to care, and provide linguistically and culturally-competent support throughout the breast cancer continuum of care. Komen New England funds will support navigation for low-income, uninsured or under-insured Greater New Haven residents, primarily racial and ethnic minorities. Uninsured patients will also receive free medical care through our volunteer provider network. Our patients have short wait times and high show rates for medical appointments, high compliance with clinical care, and improvement in patient-reported outcomes. This meets a critical need in New Haven by increasing access to timely breast cancer diagnostic testing and treatment for under-served patients, thereby reducing disparities in late-stage diagnosis and mortality rates.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Breast Health Care for Uninsured and Low-Income Women
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

Komen New England funds a patient navigator in Connecticut. The Patient health navigator will contact all patients—regardless of income, insurance status—who receive a recommendation from a PPSNE clinician to seek follow up care for a breast health issue.  She can then identify and address barriers.  PPSNE’s Breast Health Navigator is Spanish speaking and has been trained in evidence based navigator principles, ensuring culturally competent care.   The Breast Patient Navigator Program will guide patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation - Bennington, VT

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

Bennington County has been identified as economically depressed with a rising number of residents living below the poverty level and/or having less than a high school level of education. An area of need for Bennington is navigation services, particularly for scheduling appointments and completing paperwork for financial support. The target population is uninsured and underinsured women, with a goal of increasing access to screening, diagnostic testing and navigation.