Currently Funded Programs
Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC) announced that $350,000 in fundraised dollars will be distributed through the Community Health Grants Program and Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program in 2019. To help achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen NCTC annually funds projects to help meet the most critical needs of the local community.
2019-2020 Komen NCTC Community Health Grantees
East Carolina University – Bridging the Gaps in Breast Cancer Care
This project will use $50,000 in Komen grant funds to improve access to breast cancer care for patients in the 29-county Komen NCTC service area, with Pitt, Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Northampton, Duplin, Onslow, Sampson and Johnston Counties being set as priority counties. The project will provide 40 uninsured/underinsured women financial assistance to cover the cost of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, other supportive services, and surveillance. Services include financial resources during diagnosis, post-diagnostic needs including co-pays, treatment-related charges (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy), symptom and side effect management, supportive care, surveillance, genetic counseling, rehabilitative therapy, lymphedema treatments, and transportation.
For more information, please contact Josette Goodfellow at 252-714-6850 or Debra Mascarenhas at 252-341-0917.
The program will use $24,375 in Komen grant funds to provide services to 200 patients, by providing screening mammograms, and financial support for out-of-pocket treatment costs for low-income, uninsured/underinsured residents of Moore County. In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, FirstHealth Oncology social workers and/or oncology patient navigator will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care guidance, including financial and support services, such as medication assistance and emotional support via FirstHealth’s CARE NET program (a volunteer program that pairs cancer survivors/volunteers with those undergoing treatment).
For more information, contact Amy Forester at (910)-471-3735.
The program will use $32,052 in Komen grant funds to reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care for 30, uninsured/underinsured, African-American and American Indian women, ages 40-64, living in Halifax, Northampton or Warren Counties. The RVBCC will provide support and financial assistance at each stage of the breast cancer continuum of care. A three-way “link”/partnership between Halifax Regional, The Rural Health Group, and the RVBCC will be utilized in the identification and referral of women to local, no-cost or low-cost screenings/diagnostics/treatment and coordination. Resources include breast cancer co-pays/deductibles, transportation, childcare/eldercare and assistance for living expenses. RVBCC’s Lay Health Advisors will also provide support to survivors.
For more information, contact Patricia Peele at (252)-537-1717.
Lincoln Community Health Center – Free or Low-Cost Screening/Diagnostic Breast Imaging to Uninsured and Underinsured Patients
A primary care clinic serving patients in Durham and Granville Counties will use $49,860 in Komen grant funds to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services. Through Komen funds, screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies are provided to women aged 40 and older who do not have adequate insurance to cover these services. Existing Lincoln patients should see their primary care provider for a routine exam if they would like to be screened for breast cancer, and if they have symptoms, they should schedule an urgent care appointment. Patients who have not been to Lincoln before should schedule a new patient visit and inform the provider that they would like to be screened for breast cancer.
We offer these services at our main site in East Durham as well as several of our satellite clinics. Learn more about Lincoln, its locations, and providers at www.lincolnchc.org. Questions about our Komen-funded services should be directed to Awanya Caesar, RN, BSN at (919) 956-4029.
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center (NHBMC) – NHBMC Breast Screening and Diagnostic Program for Uninsured and Underserved Individuals
This program will use $29,900 in Komen grant funds to provide screening mammograms on Brunswick County’s only mobile mammography unit, 3D mammography at the medical center, diagnostic follow-up services, and one-on-one breast health education. NHBMC staff collaborates with local organizations to host mobile screening events. Most Brunswick County residents who are uninsured, demonstrate low-income, or have an underinsured status are eligible for grant-funded services.
To qualify for funding or to obtain more information, please call Financial Services at (910) 721-1783 or (910) 721-1404.
This program will use $42,950 in Komen grant funds to provide free access to screening mammography services with partner Rex Mobile Mammography at the Moncure and Siler City Community Health Centers. The program’s goal is to screen 340 uninsured patients on the Rex Mobile Mammography Van at both of these locations. Services are available to individuals who are registered patients of Piedmont Health Services, where Spanish-bilingual services are available to uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale.
For more information, please contact Jen Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 913-1097.
Pretty in Pink Foundation – Reducing Financial Barriers to Medical Treatment for Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients in NC
The program will use $49,988 in Komen grant funds to identify and financially assist uninsured and underinsured, low-income breast cancer patients in the Komen NC Triangle to the Coast 29-county region to ensure they receive life-saving medical treatment. This project will fund financial assistance for medical treatment to at least 18 breast cancer patients, giving them an increased chance for survival.
For more information, contact Becky Horn at (919) 532-0532.
The program will use $50,000 in Komen grant funds to provide 500 free screening mammograms to uninsured women. The program will deliver these mammograms using its two Mobile Mammography Units that travel throughout a core service area of 15 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. The program partners with local health departments, federally-funded Community Health Clinics, and community-based nonprofits to deliver services. Eligible women must be uninsured, meet the program’s financial criteria, and have a primary healthcare provider that can receive the screening mammogram results.
For more information, contact Wendy Avery at (919) 784-4210.
The Breast Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Assistance Program will use $19,000 in Komen grant funds to helps breast cancer patients avoid delays in treatment by addressing gaps and barriers to care and recovery. The oncology patient navigator provides one-on-one services to cancer patients in a family-like setting and utilizes various community resources to reduce barriers to treatment and survivorship for breast cancer patients. With funding from Komen NCTC, they will provide assistance to breast cancer patients from Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Wilson, Northampton, Pitt, and Martin Counties or any breast cancer patient receiving care at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital to reduce any delays in treatment and improve survivorship.
Assistance is available to breast cancer patients who access the patient navigation program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and meet standard charity care guidelines. Treatment-related expenses include, but are not limited to: medications, co-pays, treatment-related bills, lymphedema treatment, chemotherapy drugs, and diagnostic (follow-up scanning). Assistance with transportation is also available.
To find out more about the assistance program, call our oncology patient navigator, Scott Phillips, LCSW, at (252) 641-8313.