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With Support from KeyBank, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Launches Program for Medically Underserved Women in Columbus

$1 Million Grant from KeyBank Foundation Funds Breast Cancer Education and Support in 18 Communities Nationwide

Columbus, OH – August 2, 2012 – A unique program that provides one-on-one outreach and support to minority and medically underserved women launches today in Columbus with community leaders and medical experts gathering for a summit, discussion session and training program.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with the generous support of KeyBank Foundation through a $1 million grant, will be reaching out to minority women with an innovative breast health program drawing on the power and dedication of our community. The Susan G. Komen Columbus Breast Health Summit & Community Health Advisor Training Program takes place today at the Embassy Suites, located at 2886 Airport Drive near the Columbus International Airport. 


WBNS 10TV Anchor/Reporter and breast cancer survivor Tracy Townsend will host the summit, which will bring together community and civic leaders with influential healthcare leaders.

Attendees of the Summit will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with a panel of experts from the major hospital systems in Columbus and to discuss barriers to breast care for women who are medically underserved in our community. The panelists will highlight their work in underserved communities and discuss programs, services and resources available at their organizations to African American women and other men and women of color.


Featured panelists include:
Mysheika Williams Roberts MD, MPH – Assistant Health Commission, Medical Director, Columbus Public Health
Dodie Fankhauser, RN, MS – Oncology Service Line Administrator, Mt. Carmel Health System
Williams J. Hicks, MD – Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Divisions of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Co-Director Diversity Enhancement Program, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Steve Garlock, MBA – Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, OhioHealth


The Community Health Advisor Training Program will focus on improving access to quality breast health services for uninsured, low-income and medically underserved women in the Central Ohio area.  After the summit portion of the event in the morning, the second half of the program is geared towards community and civic leaders who have graciously volunteered to be trained as a Komen Community Health Advisor (KCHA). The KCHAs will be armed with breast health education messaging, as well as information about the health care resources that are available in the community.


“Our goal and vision is to end breast cancer forever and the grant from KeyBank Foundation will take us one step closer to reaching those underserved and uninsured in our community,” said Katie Carter, executive director of the Komen Columbus Affiliate, “We are excited to participate in this program to empower and educate women and men about preventative care and available resources in our community.”


“Breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and a woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States,” said Beth E. Mooney, KeyCorp Chairman and CEO. “Its impact is especially devastating for women of color, who are more likely to die from breast cancer, and for poor or uninsured women. Our investment in this community health program reflects our corporate diversity vision and is just one way we give back to communities.”


The initiative will grow during 2012 and 2013 to train more than 500 advisors in 18 cities including   Columbus: Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo in Ohio; Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in New York; Indianapolis; Denver; Bonita Springs, FL.; Tacoma, Bellevue and Bellingham in Washington, and Portland, OR.


“Komen has worked for 30 years to reach the most vulnerable women in our society with information and support that could save their lives,” said Nancy G. Brinker, Komen Founder and CEO. “It’s a tragedy that still today, so many women are unaware of their risk for breast cancer and lack access to resources, treatment and care. KeyBank’s commitment to building this community initiative brings us all closer to the ultimate goal of a world without death from breast cancer.”