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Susan G. Komen® Northeast Ohio is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in our 22 county service area. Komen Northeast Ohio is investing nearly $350,000 this year alone in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs that serve uninsured or underinsured Northeast Ohio residents. Learn more about how these programs and services are selected for funding by Komen Northeast Ohio.
Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio
2016-17 Community Grant Recipients
Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE)
Ohio contains the world’s largest Amish settlement, and several dozen smaller settlements are scattered throughout Ohio in mostly rural, underserved communities where access to cancer screening is limited or unavailable. Our Komen-funded research has indicated that breast cancer mortality rates are disproportionately higher among Amish women. Project Hoffnung (or “Hope”) was established in 1997 to address health disparities within Amish & Mennonite communities. By establishing community-led screening and education programs in Ashland, Ashtabula, Geauga, Holmes, Medina, Richland, Trumbull, and Wayne Counties, we hope to reach 400 women living in some of the most resource-starved settlements in Ohio. The proposed program aims to use the foundation of trust we currently have established over 18 years and to combine a sound evaluation plan with strong community-based partnerships. In short, our mission is to prevent the unnecessary death from breast cancer in Amish and Mennonite women.
Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation
The Nakon Foundation’s program helps alleviate the fiscal challenges brought on by a breast cancer diagnosis. The Foundation offers support to un/underinsured and low income patients as they progress on their journey into survivorship by providing critical payments such as mortgage, rent, utilities, transportation costs, insurance deductibles, etc. Each patient fills out an application that gives a snapshot of their financial situation, treatment plan, and assistance needs. Once an expense is approved through the defined board review process, payment is made directly to the third party who is owed. The Foundation expects to serve 150 breast cancer patients during the grant period. These grants give those in financial need the necessary support to sustain them through their hardship. Reducing the financial burden allows them to continue with uninterrupted medical treatments and removes some anxiety so they can focus on healing. This service helps rally community support and awareness.
Mercy Medical Center
Ohio ranks 34th in the nation for breast cancer incidence but 4th for mortality. Komen Northeast Ohio’s region has a disproportionate burden of breast cancer compared to other affiliates in the state. These shocking facts demonstrate the need to address the disparities and close the gaps. Mercy’s grant application, “Closing the Gaps on Breast Health Disparities,” embraces Komen’s funding priorities of accessibility, education, and health care system performance improvement. The objectives and activities are supported by best practice models and target the underserved and at-risk populations. The project will offer culturally competent education, convenient & accessible mobile mammography, and address financial hardship for those who cannot afford appropriate diagnostic services. Mercy has a long, proven history of leading the charge for quality, accessible breast health. With Komen’s support, barriers will be removed, gaps will be closed, and equitable breast health will become a reality.
The MetroHealth System (MHS) improves breast health of uninsured/underinsured (up to 138% of FPL), minority women in Cuyahoga County through its BRinging Education, Advocacy, and Support Together (BREAST)/Amigas Program. The program improves access and reduces barriers to care by providing free culturally-sensitive, bilingual education, clinical breast exams (CBEs), mammograms, and patient navigation at MHS, churches, and community locations. Since 2005, the program has screened over 6,120 women, reached/educated 35,000, and held 42 community breast screening events. In addition, two bilingual patient navigators have arranged follow-up services including transportation, child care, appointment reminders, interpretation services, financial assistance, and community resources to over 2,000 patients. During this grant cycle, the BREAST/Amigas Program will serve 5,180 patients, including 240 CBEs, 300 mammograms, and arrange patient navigation services for 4,640 patients.
Trinity Health System
Trinity BCCP/Komen Project will serve Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Tuscarawas counties. Clients at or below 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines who are uninsured or underinsured with a high deductible of $500 or more will be targeted. This includes a large Amish community. This project’s focus will be to educate & lead clients to screening mammography using evidence-based strategies to provide high quality care, offer financial assistance, and motivate women to action. BCCP providers at traditional locations and non-traditional clinic sites, such as a pharmacy or church, paired with mobile mammography will give clients access to shared medical appointments. Clinic sites will offer enrollment into primary care to serve health needs of the client. A target of 500 clients will be served. Through the use of yearly reminders and education, clients will be motivated to take charge of their health which will lead to long-term behavior change.
Total Amount Granted: $348,365
Number of Individuals Served: 6,540
Number of Services Provided: 8,780