San Diego, CA, April 04, 2012 -- Providing diagnostic mammograms and life-saving support screening to nearly 10,000 uninsured women in San Diego County is just one of the innovative community grants being funded this year by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego Affiliate. San Diego County’s only breast cancer organization committed to providing free services for every step of the breast cancer journey announced it will fund $1.2 million for 2012 for 19 breast health programs throughout San Diego County. These dollars are raised through the efforts of San Diegans participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually.
“Our goal at Komen San Diego is to fund programs that will reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality within the next decade with increased emphasis on finding solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations. That means putting our dollars toward cutting-edge programs with potentially huge outcomes,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director. “We are awarding these hard-fought funds to local organizations committed to outcome-based strategies and promising practices.
This year, 70 percent of Komen’s funding will be invested in project’s that provide free diagnostic services and treatments including mammograms and biopsies, temporary financial help and meal delivery. Nearly 30 percent will go toward patient navigation and outreach.
Highlights for 2012 include the following awards to:
Council of Community Clinics, Community Clinics Health Network “Komen Breast Diagnostics Services Fund” program serves as the fund manager in providing breast diagnostic services funding for underinsured or uninsured individuals under the age of 40 who do not qualify for the California Detection Program: Every Women Counts program (which is specifically for women over 40). Community clinics and Health Centers refer eligible patients who have had either an abnormal clinical breast exam or screening mammogram and who need further diagnostic services.
Breast Cancer Solutions “Enabling Access: Financial Assistance and Support for Breast Cancer Patients” program provides temporary financial aid for medical and basic living expenses, and other identified needs for breast cancer patients. This assistance enables access to care by removing financial barriers caused by increased medical expenses, lost wages due to cancer treatment and other difficult factors being faced.
Somali Center “Bridging the Cultural Divide” program will use a community approach to reach Somali and East African refugee women with breast health education and the promotion of breast cancer screenings.
“We know that when found in its earliest stages, the most common form of breast cancer has a 98% survival rate,” said Catherine Blair, Chair of the Grants Committee. “Key to that is getting a life-saving mammogram. We aim to provide every eligible woman that access to life.”
“The projects we’re investing in today are critical to the momentum we’ve built during the last 15 years in our quest to reach out and serve San Diego’s uninsured women and their families,” said Farmer Sherman.
Following an exhaustive blind review process, the grants were approved by Komen San Diego’s Board of Directors upon the recommendation of Komen’s Review Panel. The Grants Award Ceremony is graciously underwritten by AMN Healthcare and will take place April 19, 2012.
A complete list of 2012-2013 grant designees can be found at the Komen San Diego Affiliate website at http://www.komensandiego.org/
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