Komen Northeast Ohio to Invest Nearly $300,000 in Community Grants to Decrease Breast Health Disparities

CLEVELAND, Ohio – March 31, 2017 – Today, Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio® announced it will invest nearly $300,000 to six local organizations and hospitals for projects supporting the Komen goal of decreasing breast cancer deaths by 50% by the year 2026. Agencies serving Northeast Ohio were chosen for their evidence-based methods and strategies, with a specific focus on filling gaps in the continuum of care for the underinsured, uninsured, and low-income individuals.

These community grants open the door to healthcare for thousands of medically underserved women and men across Komen Northeast Ohio’s 22-county service area. Northeast Ohio residents will not only gain access to life-saving breast cancer screening and diagnostic services, they will also receive survivor support services, like assistance with mortgage of utility payments for individuals in active treatment. Gina Chicotel, Director of Mission for Komen Northeast Ohio, says, “We are very excited to partner with our grantees to ensure everyone, regardless of age, race, income, or education level, has access to the vital breast health services they need to lead to the best possible outcomes.” In 2017, more than 6,000 individuals will be touched by a Komen Northeast Ohio grant.

Komen Northeast Ohio is the local expert when it comes to understanding how to combat breast cancer in our region thanks to Komen Northeast Ohio’s Community Profile Report. The Community Profile is a community-based needs assessment conducted every four years, most recently in 2015, which examines the barriers to services and gaps in care in Northeast Ohio. This comprehensive assessment allows Komen Northeast Ohio to evaluate areas where people most at-risk live and where services are most needed. Additionally, the report includes information on effective ways to address the identified issues and close the gaps in care, as recommended by the people who live in these areas. All of Komen Northeast Ohio’s community grant recipients specifically assist the identified populations and areas of need using effective techniques outlined in the Community Profile.

Adam Chafe, Board President for Komen Northeast Ohio, says the organization is committed to making a substantial impact in the community. “We are proud to support these innovative community programs that help break down the primary barriers to care for so many people. These programs will improve access to care, increase early detection, and reduce late-stage diagnosis and mortality. Our supporters can be assured that every dollar they raise for Komen Northeast Ohio goes on to help people who would otherwise forego care were it not for the Komen funds. Komen Northeast Ohio dollars go on to save lives right in our own backyard.”

Fundraising activities throughout the year enable Komen Northeast Ohio to fulfill grant requests. In 2016, the Komen Northeast Ohio Race for the Cure® series included over 5,000 participants and raised nearly $650,000.

Information about the 2017-2018 grantees follows. More information for the grant recipients can be found at bit.ly/1pIqsQd.