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Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Invests more than $11 Million to Fight Breast Cancer in the Washington, D.C. Area

Global Race for the Cure Funds Life Saving Breast Health Programs for Minority and Low-Income Women 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 16, 2012 – Susan G. Komen for the Cure® today announced $4 million in new community grants to reach low-income, minority and uninsured women who fall through the healthcare gaps in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, where death rates from breast cancer continue to rank above national averages.  The new Komen grants bring to 30 the number of Komen-funded programs in the D.C. area that strive to improve access and services to women facing breast cancer, representing a total in active grant funding of $11 million.


Komen funds the grants primarily through the annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® being held this year on June 2 on the National Mall in Washington.  Komen’s focus is on reducing rates of late-stage diagnosis and mortality with an emphasis on special populations whose outcomes are often worse than national averages. The Race also raises funds to develop new systems to reduce barriers to care throughout the region. To register or join a Race team, visit www.GlobalRacefortheCure.org


“Susan G. Komen’s mission has focused on ensuring that no woman suffers the horrors of breast cancer because she didn’t have access to care,” said Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker.


To address the access issue in the DC area, Komen in 2010 spearheaded a comprehensive “state of breast health” report covering Washington, D.C.’s Wards 7 & 8, as well as Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia. The report showed that many women in the region don’t know what to do about breast health, or face cultural, economic or transportation barriers that keep them from seeking help.


“We were alarmed to discover how many women were still experiencing language and other barriers that left them in the dark about important health issues like breast cancer,” Brinker said.  More than 128 countries are represented in the region, and in Arlington alone, residents speak more than 95 languages.


Many of the Washington, D.C. area grants provide community outreach and peer-to-peer programs designed to break down obstacles to awareness and access to care, specifically for women who:
• don’t understand the benefits of early detection or the urgency of follow-up tests;
• don’t know what resources are available to them or where to find them;
• aren’t aware of the success of modern cancer treatments, and believe cancer screening is painful and that a positive diagnosis is a death sentence; or
• fear that accessing screening programs for the uninsured could lead to issues with immigration.


The National Capital Area grants address the issues mentioned above and other specific needs revealed by the 2010 assessment survey according to the following priorities:  
• The four largest grants ($4,417,000 in total) focus on addressing barriers to care caused by the area’s overly fragmented heath care system. They encourage partnerships between providers in the region that establish a framework to ensure that patients can be easily and efficiently referred and “navigated” from screening all the way through to survivorship—with particular emphasis on removing obstacles to transportation and work obligations, wait times, and financial assistance.
• Fourteen grants ($2,779,981—eleven of which are continued from 2011;  three are new in 2012) focus on patient education, including targeted breast health awareness outreach in a culturally sensitive manner that develops a better understanding of the importance of screening, the effectiveness of modern treatments and survivorship.
• Two grants ($400,000—programs continued from 2011) focus on provider education, helping doctors and other breast health providers develop a better understanding of the myths, fears and unique needs of the different cultural populations of the women they serve. The grants educate providers about updated screening guidelines, and how best to help refer patients through the complex web of screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. 
• Two grants ($626,476 total) awarded as part of the National Capital Area Continuum of Care Special Initiative. The purpose of this special funding initiative is to decrease the time it takes for a person to move from early detection and diagnosis to treatment and recovery; to increase mammography rates; change attitudes, knowledge and beliefs, and improve quality of life for patients going through treatment.


The newly announced grants slate was made possible in large part to funds generated by last year’s Komen Global Race, which takes place annually on the National Mall.  Three out of every four dollars generated by the Race stay in the D.C. area to ensure that the critical issues outlined here are adequately addressed. The remaining funds support the organization’s efforts to address breast cancer incidence and mortality around the globe.


In the short time following Komen’s 2010 report on the state of breast cancer in the Washington, D.C. area, measurable progress is already being seen.  For example, In Montgomery County, Maryland, Komen grants and advocacy initiatives helped increase the mammography referral rate for low-income and uninsured women from 41 to 75 percent. They also nearly tripled the mammography screening rate from 20 percent to 58 percent, and reduced mammography wait times from 100 to less than 30 days. In many instances, this improved efficiency not only increased patients’ chances at survival, it also likely reduced the cost of treatment by starting at an earlier, less costly stage.

For more information on the Komen Global Race for the Cure, including how to register, visit www.globalRaceforthecure.org or call 703-416-RACE (7223).


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Susan G. Komen announced a combined total of more than $11 million in community granting to the following groups in the Washington, D.C. area.  These grants are largely made possible by proceeds from the Komen Global Race for the Cure.
 
Washington Cancer Institute – Provider Education in Cultural Competency Skills
Dr. Sandra Swain, project director (Washington, D.C., Ward 7 and 8)


Mautner Project – Tools for Caring: Action for LBT Breast Health
Dr. Leslie Calman, project director (Arlington & Prince George’s counties and Ward 7 & 8 in D.C.)


Vietnamese Resettlement Association – Breast Cancer Education, Screening and Follow up
Kim Cook, project director (Arlington & Prince William counties, Va.)


Nueva Vida – Comprehensive Support Services for Latinas with Breast Cancer
Larisa Caicedo, project director (Washington, D.C.)


Capital Breast Care Center – Public Education to Prevent Breast Cancer
Tesha Coleman, project director (Prince George’s County)


American Association on Health and Disability – Bridging the Gap: No Woman Left Behind
Roberta Carlin, project director (Arlington, Prince George, Prince William counties and Ward 7 & 8 Washington, D.C.)


Prince George’s County Health Department – Maryland Expanded Services Program
Myra Ball, project director (Prince George’s County)


Arlington Free Clinic – From Education to Access
Martha Ware, project director (Arlington, Va.)


Georgetown University Hospital – Continuum of Breast Care Project
Nancy Muzeck, project director (Washington, D.C., Ward 8)


CASA de Maryland – Latino Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Adwoa Spencer, project director (Prince George’s County)


Prevent Cancer Foundation – Celebremos la vida!: Providing Educational Outreach and Screening
Dr. Karen Peterson, project director (Arlington & Prince George counties and Washington, D.C.)


Mary’s Center – Mary’s Center Breast Health
Alis Marachelian, project director (Prince George’s County & Washington, D.C.)


Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington – The Breast Cancer Campaign for Asian Americans
Dr. Ji-Young Cho, project director (Arlington, Prince Williams, Prince George’s counties & Washington D.C.)


Howard University Cancer Center – Women of Promise
Dr. Carla Williams, project director (Washington, D.C.)


Capital City Area Health Education Center, Inc. – DC Pink Divas
Shyrea Thompson Robinson, project director (Washington, D.C., Ward 8)


Boat People SOS, Inc. – Health Awareness and Promotion Program - Breast Cancer (HAPP - Breast Cancer)
Trang Khanh Tran, project director (Arlington & Fairfax Va.; Montgomery and Prince George’s Co., Md.)


Providence Health Foundation – Komen Accelerating Breast Cancer Diagnosis Project
Terrie Trimmer, project director (Washington, D.C., Wards 7 & 8)


Adventist HealthCare – Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program
Judy Lichty, project director (Prince George’s County)


Doctors Community Hospital –The Prince George’s County Continuum of Breast Care
Dr. Regina Hampton, project director (Lanham, Md.)


Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Inc. – National Capital Area Breast Health Quality Consortium: Developing a Reliable System for High-Quality Breast Health Care for the National Capital Area’s Low-income, Uninsured Women
Leslie Graham, project director (Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Md.)


George Washington University Cancer Institute – Cancer Survivorship initiative (CSI)
Dr. Steven Patierno, project director (Washington, D.C., Wards 7 & 8 and Prince George’s County, Md.)


Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc. – Prince George’s/Ward 7 & 8 - Community Breast Health Link
Justin Britanik, project director (Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., Wards 7 & 8)


Howard University Cancer Center – CONNECTEDCare
Dr. Carla Williams, project director (Prince George’s County and Washington D.C., Wards 7 & 8)


Holy Cross Hospital (Partnership Grant) – Komen-Community Assisted Mammogram program (K-CAMP)
Wendy Friar, project director (Silver Spring, Md.)


Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County (Republican Grant) – National Capital Area Regional Breast Healthcare Improvement Initiative
Leslie Graham, project director (Silver Spring, Md.)


DC Cancer Consortium - DC Breast Cancer Surveillance System –
YaVonne Vaughn, project director (Washington, DC)


Smith Center for Health and the Arts – An Integral Healing Model for Faith-Based Community Navigation
Shanti Norris, project director (Washington, DC)


Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services – Access to Breast Health: Outreach, Education, Screening and Treatment for Low-Income and Uninsured Women in Northern Virginia
Nyrma Hernandez, project director (Alexandria, Va)


Smith Center for Healing and the Arts – Expansion of the National Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care
Carole O’Toole, project director (Washington, DC)


Inova Health Systems Foundation – Life with Cancer
Sabine Gnesdiloff, project director (Falls Church, Va.)