Komen MD Grants More than $550,000 to Community Organizations

March 19, 2019: Susan G. Komen Maryland announced today that it has awarded 12 community grants totaling more than $550,000 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 $30 million in community breast cancer programs throughout Maryland since 1993.

In addition, Komen Maryland has launched its Treatment Assistance Program, designed to provide further assistance for qualifying breast cancer patients. The assistance ranges from financial, educational and psychological support, to conveniently provide patients with information and local resources.

“The support we provide to these 12 local breast health programs, combined with our new Treatment Assistance program, allows Komen Maryland to provide vital, immediate breast cancer screening, treatment, and support services to patients,” said Michael Jessup, Komen Maryland Executive Director. “We save lives not only through research, but by ensuring that all women have access to quality care.”

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 the More Than Pink Walk and The Promise Ride.

Twelve organizations will receive grants from Komen Maryland in 2019:

Atlantic General Hospital, Breast Health Navigator – Offers a variety of comprehensive services, focusing on diagnostics, treatment, support, and prevention and education for patients and their families. 75 women from the lower Eastern Shore will be assisted by a patient navigator through diagnosis and the completion of treatment, to survivorship.

Frederick County Health Department, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program – Supports the ‘BCCP’ screening program in Frederick county by providing 95 women with screening and navigation assistance. Assistance includes navigating clinical breast exams, mammograms, diagnosis, and treatment services to underinsured or uninsured women age 40 and older in Frederick County.

Maintaining Active Citizens, Navigating Life After Breast Cancer – This lower Eastern Shore program includes a healthy nutrition program tailored to cancer survivors that provides navigation to achieve best health outcomes for rural underserved individuals and African American breast cancer patients.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Lay Navigation for MedStar Health Cancer Network Breast Cancer Patients – Provides a navigator to assist breast cancer patients in Baltimore City and Baltimore County with overcoming health system barriers. Assistance begins at the time of diagnosis and continues throughout treatment and survivorship.

Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program – Serving 200 underserved women in Western Maryland with patient navigation, screening and assistance. 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 Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment – Providing specifically to low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women and families of Baltimore and the Eastern Shore, 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 while undergoing breast cancer treatment.

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 75 uninsured patients, including assistance for breast cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, mammograms, follow-up diagnostic procedures, and patient navigation.

Nueva Vida, Culturally Tailored Breast Cancer Screening and 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 provides over 100 women of central Maryland with bi-lingual education to overcome cultural barriers.

Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation, Breast Link Program – Ensures low-income and African American Women of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, 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 process navigation for those requiring treatment or follow-up.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, Breast Cancer Navigation Project – Support patients and their families by providing greater outcomes for patients needing breast health services. 75 medically underserved women in Charles County will receive patient navigation, breast cancer screening and treatment.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Latinas United for Cancer Health and Awareness – The ‘LUCHA’ program serves the Latina population and African immigrant women of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County, in need of breast cancer screenings. Through offering outreach, education, screenings, diagnostic services, and support for survivors, the program assists the women in overcoming any health barriers.

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. In helping Hispanic women to overcome health system barriers, the program provides education, an outreach worker and interpreter, and screenings with culturally appropriate navigation.

In addition to the local grant programs, Komen continues to award grants to major Maryland institutions conducting groundbreaking research on breast cancer treatments. Komen has contributed a total of $12 million to support multiple breast cancer research initiatives across the state.