2019-2020 Community Grants

Connecticut

Hartford Hospital - Hartford, CT

“Take the Time Mobile Mammography”

Funding for Hartford Hospital improves early breast cancer detection by offering convenient access to screening mammograms as well as appropriate diagnostic follow up through patient navigation for uninsured and underserved women living in Hartford, New London, Litchfield and Windham Counties and New Haven County.

A priority for Hartford Hospital’s program is to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening by focusing on underserved women who are unlikely to go to a hospital or another institutional setting for services. Their mobile mammography coach combines convenience and privacy, assuring that women have access to screening mammography.

Website: hartfordhospital.org

Hispanic Health Council - Hartford, CT

“Cuidate/Take Care of Yourself”

Komen funding supports Hispanic Health Council’s Cuidate program, which aims to promote breast health awareness through outreach, education, and patient navigation. Program participants are enrolled in digital mammography services to promote early detection for many of the most vulnerable members of the Hartford community. The services offered through this program addresses barriers through a culturally tailored and comprehensive approach to outreach, education and patient navigation designed to raise awareness, engage community members to facilitate their successful entry into clinical breast health services. The program targets Latinas and other low-income minority women, as well as men, in Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, and West Hartford.

Website: healthyamericas.org

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - New Haven, CT

“Breast Health Navigator – Connecticut”

The primary focus of PPSNE’s Breast Health Navigators is to ensure individual patients who have been identified by PPSNE clinical staff as needing additional breast health services receive any prescribed screening and diagnostic care and, if necessary, are connected to a medical home and medical case manager for treatment services.  PPSNE’s Breast Health Navigators serve as health care brokers charged with addressing health system and environmental barriers that tend to disproportionately burden racial and ethnic minorities, including transportation, language, cultural issues, family conflicts as well as fears about their health care and lack of understanding about breast cancer and the health care system. This means getting patients enrolled in state funded Early Detection Programs across the state, arranging for genetic counseling, setting up appointments for mammograms, ultra-sound and MRI imaging, identifying insurance coverage and in-network providers, and enrolling eligible individuals into Medicaid and AccessHealth CT insurance plans.

Website: plannedparenthood.org

 

Maine

Maine Medical Center - Portland, ME

“Free Screening Mammograms for Uninsured Maine Women”

Komen funding addresses multiple barriers to breast health care facing uninsured and underserved women in Maine. Lack of health insurance is the primary barrier facing women who need screening mammograms. Komen funding is used to address this access issue by providing an appointment at no cost to eligible, uninsured patients.

Website: mainehealth.org

 

Massachusetts

Family Health Center of Worcester - Worcester, MA

“Breast Health Outcome and Navigation for Low-income, Under-served Populations”

With support from Komen New England, Family Health Center of Worcester decreases disparities in breast health outcomes in Worcester, MA by increasing access and reducing barriers to preventive care services for all low income, culturally diverse female patients (40+ years) at their Lois B. Green Breast Health Center, including screening mammography, breast health education, and post-screening follow up. Their patient navigator provides outreach and motivational counseling and encourages low income, culturally diverse women to have breast cancer screenings. They also conduct motivational outreach phone calls to all women who are overdue for routine screening.

Website: fhcw.org

Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA

“Patient Navigation Program”

With support from Komen New England, Massachusetts General Hospital leverages community partnerships, experienced staff, and infrastructure to provide patient navigation following abnormal mammography or abnormal clinical findings to the underserved Massachusetts communities of Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere, where residents often face multiple barriers to care.

Website: massgeneral.org

 

Vermont

Cancer Patient Support Foundation - Williston, VT

“Cancer Patient Support Foundation Emergency Fund”

The goal of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation Emergency Fund is to provide breast cancer patients with a streamlined process to access funds in their time of need. CPSF works with medical providers throughout their coverage area to ensure that all patients have knowledge of and access to our Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund helps cancer patients with everyday financial needs, by removing barriers to treatment and ensuring patients have the highest quality of life possible. Funds may be provided for transportation, medical co-pays and deductibles, prescriptions, childcare, lodging, rent, utilities, and food to breast cancer patients in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Website: cpspvt.org

Neighborhood Connections - Londonderry, VT

“BREAST: Breaking Barriers, Re-education, Evaluation, Accompaniment, Social Support and Team”

In collaboration with Mountain Valley Health Clinic, Neighborhood Connections works to engage women between the ages of 51-74 who have either lapsed in, or never received, breast healthcare, and who reside in one of the nine communities the organization and clinic serve. Early detection and preventative care are key to survival; however, fear, cost, lack of insurance, lack of transportation and other barriers prohibit many women from taking this step. Neighborhood Connections will work to address these obstacles and ensure patients receive screenings and stay within the continuum of care.

Website: neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org

North Country Hospital - Newport, VT

“North Country Hospital Breast Cancer Outreach Project”

North County Hospital’s Komen funded Breast Cancer Outreach Project serves individuals in Orleans and northern Essex Counties in northeastern Vermont. The primary goal of the NCH Project is to reduce financial barriers to breast cancer screening and diagnosis by helping individuals from these rural, economically challenged communities to pay for breast health screening or diagnostic services.

Website: northcountryhospital.org

Northwestern Medical Center - St. Albans City, VT

“Enhancing Access, Navigation and Outreach”

Northwestern Medical Center connects patients in Franklin County with resources to help them overcome obstacles to receiving preventive screenings and any follow-up care that they may need. In addition, Northwestern Medical Center focuses on their preventative care model, which supports lymphedema education and physical therapy services.

Website: northwesternmedicalcenter.org