Community Grants Announced

March 22, 2018: Susan G. Komen Maryland announced today that it has awarded eight community grants totaling $359,000 to Maryland organizations that provide programs specifically designed to increase access to breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services and reduce barriers to care.

Each year, Komen Maryland awards grants to local organizations that offer collaborative, innovative programs that serve breast cancer patients and survivors throughout the state. Komen Maryland’s community grants support local health programs that deliver direct and supportive breast health services, and provide education regarding breast cancer detection, and preventive care to members of underserved communities across the state. Komen has invested nearly $29 million in community breast cancer programs throughout Maryland since 1993.

“Komen Maryland is proud to support these eight local breast health programs that provide vital, immediate breast cancer screening, treatment and support services. We save lives not only through research, but by ensuring that all women have access to quality care,” said Michael Jessup, Komen Maryland Executive Director.

All community grant applications are evaluated and selected by an independent peer review committee. Grants are funded by generous individual and corporation donations, and through major signature events such as Race for the Cure and The Promise Ride.

Eight organizations will receive grants from Komen Maryland in 2018:

Maintaining Active Citizens, Navigating Life After Breast Cancer Provides a healthy nutrition program tailored to cancer survivors, cooking demonstrations relevant to African American culture, organic vegetable gardening participation and a Diabetes Prevention Program for survivors with pre-diabetes.

Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program – Screens an average of 400 women within Washington County and the tri-state area. Women often receive breast cancer education and screening in the same day. Women receive test results from a breast health navigator who then assists the patient in applying for financial aid, making follow-up or transportation appointments, as well as providing emotional support.

Moveable Feast, Home Delivered Meals for Clients Living with Breast Cancer Providing specifically to low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women with breast cancer and their families, Moveable Feast, Inc. eliminates barriers for patients such as financial strain and lack of transportation by delivering patients medically tailored meals, supplements, groceries and produce directly to their home.

Northwest Hospital Center, Freedom to Screen Program – Provides women within Baltimore County & City with resources they need to increase breast cancer awareness and prevention. Healthcare assistance is provided for breast cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, mammograms, follow-up diagnostic procedures and patient navigation.

Nueva Vida, Access to Breast Cancer Screening & Education among Hispanic/Latino Women- Supports women in overcoming any and all barriers to accessing high-quality cancer screenings, diagnostic exams and treatment. Incorporates a culturally sensitive patient navigation program which assists patients in keeping track of appointments, translation needs and necessary social support.

Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation, Breast Link Program – Ensures all women over the age of 40, regardless of health insurance status, have access to tools and resources needed to make breast health a priority.  200 free mammograms will be offered to those participating in the program, along with navigation for those requiring treatment or follow-up.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Latinas United for Cancer Health and Awareness- Identifies Latinas age 40-64, in need of breast cancer screenings and education while assisting them in overcoming any barriers to screening, treatment and follow-up care through the City Cancer Program. 150 free breast cancer screenings will be provided, along with culturally-tailored comprehensive navigation services and support groups.

Wicomico County Health Department, Closing the Gap: Hispanic Women and Breast Cancer –  Identifies, refers and enrolls under-insured and uninsured Hispanic women from Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties into a breast cancer screening program. A Hispanic outreach worker and interpreter is also provided to patients to manage any translation, patient navigation and transportation necessary.

In addition to the local grant programs, Komen continues to award grants to major Maryland institutions conducting groundbreaking research on breast cancer treatments. Komen awarded a total of $1.6 million to Johns Hopkins University in September 2017 to support multiple breast cancer research initiatives taking place at the institution.