The Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® proudly announces our grant recipients for fiscal year 2013-2014. This year’s grants total almost $240,000 and are being awarded to five programs covering services across the eight counties in our affiliate coverage area: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and VanBuren counties. These grants will support a variety of innovative programs that offer a comprehensive range of breast health services. The projects have been recommended by our Independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured low-income or underinsured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.
List of 2013 - 2014 Community Grant Recipients
West Michigan Cancer Center for Pink Saturdays, a program providing free screening mammograms to uninsured women in Southwest Michigan during the month of October. The Pink Saturdays program is made possible through partnerships with mammography centers at 18 hospitals throughout Southwest Michigan, targeting 1,700 free mammograms for women who would not otherwise be able to have this potentially live saving screening. For more information about the Pink Saturdays Program call 1-800-873-0649.
Lakeland HealthCare’s Marie Yeager Cancer Center in Berrien County to support Lakeland HealthCare Compassion Cards. Through this new program, 100 free breast cancer screenings and/or diagnostic services will be provided to uninsured and underinsured women living at or below the poverty level. Additionally, transportation assistance will be offered to enable access to these potentially life-saving services.
Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan to provide a patient navigator service to educate, assist, and lead medically underserved women from Berrien County to breast cancer screening services. CFSSMI will help bridge the gap caused by perceived or documented concerns regarding social barriers to access health care services for breast cancer. Patients who need follow-up or continued services will be offered assistance with paperwork for Medicaid or other services.
Access Breast Cancer Screenings to provide the Southwest Michigan community with a Breast Cancer Safety Net, covering free or discounted diagnostic services to individuals with symptoms of breast cancer, who are unable to access other programs due to age, gender, medical situation or timing concerns.
Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for a wrap-around to Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). This grant will make screening and diagnostic services available to low-income uninsured women, who cannot get a slot in the federal and state funded BCCC Program. The targeted audience to receive services will be women under age 50 and men. Services will be delivered throughout the 8 counties in southwest Michigan by BCCCP-contracted Medical Providers
Small Grants make a Big Impact!
Komen Southwest Michigan has provided funding for the following project through our small grants program.
Access Breast Cancer Screenings, was granted $5,000 to fund the 2012 continuing medical education (CME) event held in conjunction with Western Michigan University Medical Clinics. This event is an update on current medical practices for the diagnosis or treatment of breast cancer, and is free to all medical professionals in Southwest Michigan who treat women. A top national physician in a breast cancer field is the featured speaker for the event which is held annually in the fall. Plans are underway for the 2014 CME event which is scheduled for October 22, with WMU Med Clinics Grand Rounds on October 23.