• Susan G. Komen® and Walgreens Aim to Cut Breast Cancer Deaths with Millions in New Funds for Patient Navigators in 16 Cities

    $3 Million in New Grants will Fund Patient Navigation Programs in a Dozen States, with a Focus on Minorities and the Uninsured and Underinsured

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    Susan G. Komen and Walgreens are hoping to reduce breast cancer deaths in 16 cities and a dozen states with $3 million in new grants, announced today, for patient navigation programs aimed at medically underserved and vulnerable people facing breast cancer.

    The new grants support Komen’s National Patient Navigation Program, which aims to connect patients who have received abnormal breast imaging results with specially trained navigators that can guide them through and around the barriers in the complex cancer care system to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.

    Navigation programs are associated with improved breast cancer survival rates, and may be especially helpful for medically underserved women who lack insurance or adequate resources to see themselves through treatment.

    “More than 230,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and each will face difficult decisions about treatment, finances, family, work and so much more,” said Komen President and CEO Judith Salerno, M.D., M.S. “The patient navigation services funded by Walgreens and its customers help ensure that women receive the care they need by linking them with support and resources, and empowering them throughout their breast cancer journey.”

    The program is supported by more than $2 million in funds raised by Walgreens and Walgreens customers during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2013. Over the last four years, the Walgreens program has raised more than $19 million.

    “A cancer diagnosis is life changing and can be overwhelming. The navigator program assists in those critical first steps in accessing treatment to beat breast cancer. Walgreens would like to thank our customers for making this program possible,” said John Gremer, director of community affairs for Walgreens.

    Up to $200,000 in funding to support patient navigation services has been awarded to:

    • Culturally Competent Breast Health Patient Navigator Program for Underserved Women - Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics (WA)
    • Way Finder Program - The Ohio State University (OH)
    • PA-NH Breast Health Navigation Program - Project Access-New Haven (CT)
    • Integrating Lay and Professional Navigation to Enhance Breast Cancer Patients’ Access to Support – Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY)
    • Breast Cancer Patient Navigation for Medically Underserved Women in Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere – Massachusetts General Hospital (MA)
    • Wake Forest Baptist Health Breast Cancer Center Patient Navigator Program – Wake Forest University Health Sciences (NC)
    • Asian Breast Health Outreach Project – Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation (TX)
    • Patient Navigation Services Targeting Special Population – Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Care Services (MI)
    • Roswell Park Compass Project: Breast Cancer Patient Navigation – Roswell Park Alliance Foundation (NY)
    • Intensive Navigation for Rural Breast Cancer Clients – Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County (CA)
    • Patient Assistance Toward Healing (PATH) – Holy Cross Health (MD)
    • Providence Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program – Providence Health Foundation (D.C.)
    • Breast Health Program MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot – MidMichigan Health (MI)
    • Latino Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program – Nueva Vida, Inc. (VA)
    • Conectando el Poder del Rosado – St. Joseph Regional Health Network (PA)
    • Penn Breast Health Initiative Patient Navigation Program – University of Pennsylvania (PA)

    During October of 2014, Walgreens customers throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico raised another $3.5 million to support breast cancer services. These funds will focus on continued, full support of the Susan G. Komen National Breast Care Helpline (1-877 GO KOMEN), community-based patient navigation programs and the development of new community coalitions focused on breast health and breast cancer.

    In addition to the Patient Navigation program, funds raised to date have supported (and will continue to support) essential breast cancer services nationwide, including: breast cancer screening services; the expansion of Komen’s Helpline (1-877 GO KOMEN); Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program; and community education and support programs.

    Read more about Walgreens commitment to Susan G. Komen and the mission to end breast cancer.