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2017 – 2018 Grant Presentations
2017 – 2018 Komen NCTC Community Health Grants
For the past several months our staff has been very fortunate to be able to meet with our 2017 – 2018 grant recipients and to present the fun BIG checks. These meetings truly help our staff celebrate the work that our grantees are implementing. We provided $350,000 to 9 local organizations for screening, treatment, and education services across our 29 counties during this grant cycle. Below we have highlighted what each of our grantees are doing with their funds to help save lives.
Piedmont Health Services: Project Access – Chatham County
Project Access –Chatham County is a breast cancer screening initiative of Piedmont Health Services, Inc. Piedmont Health Services is an organization serving Alamance, Caswell, Chatham and Orange Counties whose mission is to provide sliding-fee primary health care targeted to low-income, uninsured populations facing persistent health disparities. The project aims to provide free access to screening mammography- through Rex Mobile Mammography -to 320 low-income, uninsured women who require routine preventive screening through the Moncure or Silver City Community Health Centers.
Harnett County Health Department – Pink Ribbon Program
The goal of the Pink Ribbon Program is to increase utilization of the mammography screening program and increase knowledge about the importance of screening among the priority populations which includes African American and uninsured women. One of the HCHD’s goals is to educate the community about breast health and breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon Program will provide access to mammography screening and outreach education within churches and public laundromats. To assure the continuum of care, the HCHD will provide access to mammography screening through their partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography.
Lincoln Community Health Center – Mammograms for low income, uninsured and underinsured men and women
This program will assist LCHC in providing 874 breast health imaging services, at no-cost, to low income, uninsured and underinsured patients age 40 and above in the Durham and Granville counties. The key activities that LCHC will provide include 640 mammogram screening, 150 diagnostic imaging, 50 ultrasounds and 34 biopsies. Navigation and outreach will also be provided to identify and decrease access barriers for screening, follow-up care, testing, and treatment through personalized activities such as reminder calls, interpretation, transportation and flexible scheduling to assist with work schedule and family obligations. LCHC will engage the community by providing culturally appropriate education and outreach through health fairs, an annual breast cancer workshop and a monthly breast cancer support group.
OIC, Inc. – Free Mammography and Case Management for the Uninsured in Nash and Edgecombe County
This project provides case management and free mammograms to women 40+ in OIC’s patient base. Patients are from Nash and Edgecombe counties. Key activities include: providing a minimum of 138 low-income women with free mammograms; case management—referral to mammogram; negotiation for reduced rates/free diagnostic testing among specialists; linking patients to community services; assisting patients in navigating the hospital systems.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas – Moore Screening Program
FirstHealth of the Carolinas will serve 300 individuals by providing screening mammograms and financial support for out-of-pocket treatment costs for low-income, uninsured/underinsured people in Moore County. Partners include the Moore Free and Charitable Clinic and Pinehurst Radiology.
Halifax Regional Medical Center – Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Expansion Program
Halifax Regional Medical Center will target low-income individuals between the ages of 40-65 with either no insurance or with high deductible/high co-pay insurance policies in Halifax, Northampton and Warren Counties. HRMC anticipates providing 30 screening mammogram procedures, 50 diagnostic procedures and assistance with three treatment procedures. Halifax Regional is committed to continuing, as well as expanding this program to help close the screening, diagnostic and treatment continuum of care gap in their community.
Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center – Breast Screening and Diagnostic Program for Under/Uninsured Individuals
Brunswick and Columbus County residents encounter several barriers to obtaining annual screenings: transportation, lack of insurance and health literacy deficits. To address these barriers, staff will provide 120 screening mammograms and 25 additional diagnostic services. NHBMC technologists deploy the only mobile mammography unit in the county to deliver screenings in rural and low-income areas. Staff collaborates with organizations (houses of worship, health clinics, physician practices) to host the mobile unit and targets underserved individuals. During mobile events, technologists provide educational materials to participants, focusing on breast self-awareness and annual screening benefits. Staff will refer individuals requiring diagnostic workups to NHBMC.
Rex Healthcare Foundation
UNC Rex Mammography Assistance Program- Screening
The UNC REX Mammography Assistance Program will provide 500 free screening mammograms to uninsured women. The program operates two mobile mammography units that travel throughout 15 counties in central and eastern North Carolina including: Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Sampson, Vance, Wake and Wilson counties. The units travel to communities that are medically underserved or have high rates of uninsured adults. To ensure that these services are reaching those who need them most, the program collaborates with local clinics, health departments, and Community Health Centers to coordinate mobile unit site visits. These partner organizations recruit uninsured women for screening events and provide breast health education. Participants who are referred for follow-up care after a screening mammogram are eligible for free diagnostic services through the program.
UNC Rex Mammography Assistance Program- Diagnostic Services
The UNC REX Mammography Assistance Program will provide 250 free breast diagnostic services to uninsured women in a 15-county core service area that includes: Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Sampson, Vance, Wake and Wilson counties. It works closely with health departments, free clinics, and Community Health Centers throughout this service area to identify and serve uninsured patients in need of diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds. UNC REX provides the clinical services and its partner organizations provide referrals, breast health education, transportation, and other services.