Statement of Need

Komen Northeast Ohio provides grant funds to innovative, evidence-based projects focused on addressing one or more of the priorities identified in the Komen Northeast Ohio Community Profile.

The funding priority areas for the 2017-2018 grant year are listed below. Priorities are not weighted and/or ranked; all are considered equal. Those applications that address one or more of the following priority areas in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lorain, and/or Mahoning Counties will be prioritized.

Education – Using evidence-based programs to motivate and lead to long-term behavior change, educate low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and/or working poor women on breast self-awareness messaging, risk reduction, personal risk, and genetic/inherited mutations in an effort to dispel myths, increase awareness of existing resources, and reduce fears surrounding breast cancer screenings and outcomes.

Screening and Diagnostics – Reduce financial and logistical barriers to screening and diagnostic services for the low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and/or working poor through the use of mobile mammography, co-pay assistance, coverage of out of pocket costs, genetic testing costs, transportation and childcare assistance, etc. to ensure timely access to quality, affordable services.

Treatment – Reduce financial and logistical barriers to breast cancer treatment for the low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and/or working poor through the use of lay and clinical patient navigation programs that address service/care coordination, childcare and transportation assistance, social work and community-based referrals, financial assistance for cost of living expenses, and the promotion of patient self-advocacy materials.

Survivor Support – Increase access to psychosocial support resources for survivors to promote the emotional, social, financial, and spiritual well being for those diagnosed and their family members, including education on existing resources, assistance with prosthesis and wigs, assistance with cost of living expenses, and survivor/family support groups.

Systems Performance Improvement – Use evidence-based practices to implement strategic changes at the systems level to promote access to and seamless progression through the continuum of care, including strategic collaborations, cultural competency and emotional intelligence trainings for providers, extended clinic hours, weekend appointment availability, shared medical appointments, cross functional workgroups/teams, internal trainings on protocols and programs for uninsured and underinsured, the creation of internal checklists and protocols, etc.

Click to view the Community Profile Executive Summary.