Community Grants

In May 2019, Komen Central Virginia and Komen Tidewater merged to create Komen Central & Eastern Virginia, making the new Affiliate the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support, and educational awareness in central and eastern Virginia. Since 1998, we have invested more than $11.7 million in education, diagnosis, treatment, and support programs here in our service area by funding local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our community. The funds Komen Central & Eastern Virginia grants to community programs in our combined service area have made a positive difference in the lives of women (and some men) living in our communities.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here. Since 1998, we have invested more than $4 million solely towards research.

Our 2019 Local Grants were awarded prior to the merger of the Affiliates. Below are the grantees as awarded by each Affiliate.

2019-2020 Komen Tidewater Grantees

Eastern Shore Health District – Life Matters

The Life Matters Program will reduce late stage breast cancer diagnosis and save lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia by providing 50 screening mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women over the age of 15 that are unable to be enrolled in Every Woman’s Life. Diagnostic breast health services will be provided to 50 men and women, thereby providing a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community. This will include 50 breast ultrasounds, 50 diagnostic mammograms, 5 breast biopsies and 2 breast MRIs. Patient navigation and case management services will be provided to 300 women. Evidence based breast health education will focus on African American Churches to fight disparities. Program staff members will participate in 4 community based outreach activities to provide breast education to an additional 300 individuals to include 200 African American Women. Diagnosed patients will be transitioned into Medicaid for treatment via Every Woman’s Life when applicable.

Hampton Health Department – Hampton “Know Your Normal” Outreach

Hampton Health Department’s project goal is to reduce breast cancer mortality by increasing the number of women who enter the Continuum of Care (COC) for Breast Health leading to earlier diagnosis through screening. Outreach targets African American and homeless women living in Hampton and without insurance. Barriers due to lack of transportation or language are addressed. 300 women will receive outreach programming through a series of “Know Your Normal” presentations and “Worship in Pink” celebrations. 100 women will receive screening, diagnostic, and patient navigation services through HHD and Sentara Health System. Evaluation includes program participants’ surveys indicating new knowledge, screening status, and barriers to care; and follow up data demonstrating a link between outreach activities and entrance into care. Expected impacts are increases in awareness of the importance of knowing your normal; women delinquent for screening and/or never screened entering the COC.

Lackey Clinic – Breast Health Awareness, Screening and Treatment for Uninsured Women on the Virginia Peninsula  

The goal of Lackey Clinic’s (LC) Project is to reduce breast cancer mortality by addressing disparities, increasing access to quality and timely care, and improving outcomes through patient navigation, especially among uninsured, African American women living in Newport News. LC will: 1. Provide increased access to patient navigation, screening mammography and diagnostic follow up as indicated for 230 patients living in Newport News and surrounding communities, aged 40-64 for the purpose of early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, and 2. Provide breast health educational and awareness sessions at 6 Newport News churches in alignment with Komen’s Worship in Pink Program, using the faith community to reach 100 African American women. The expected outcomes include detection of breast cancers through screening and an increase in the number of African American women living in poverty who are screened. These will be measured by counting the number of women screened and education. 

Riverside Health System, Cancer Services – Overcoming Disparities and Barriers in Breast Cancer Education & Screening

Riverside Cancer Services seeks to reduce breast cancer health disparities and impact the diagnosis of breast cancer at an earlier more curable stage. Riverside will develop initiatives to improve access to 100 breast cancer screening services and 30 diagnostic breast imaging services for uninsured, low-income women living within the Peninsula, Hampton and Three Rivers Health Districts. We will focus our efforts on enrolling 65% of our funding to serve women from Newport News and further focus on enrolling African American women or those ineligible for the Every Woman’s Life program. We will develop educational strategies to inform women about breast health practices and the importance of breast cancer prevention/early detection, in the community and for those enrolled into the grant. Using our vast partnerships Riverside will recruit women for the grant. As a 20 year Every Woman’s Life provider Riverside also offers a valuable link to breast biopsy and additional diagnostic service

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Free Mammogram Screening and Education    

The program will address the need that is identified in the Affiliate’s Community Profile to reduce the late-stage incidence and death rates in Portsmouth and Newport News by providing 75 free mammogram screening services for uninsured women 40 and older. We propose to include Norfolk based on high percent of mortality and local stage diagnosis over Chesapeake and Portsmouth reported by 2011-2015 Virginia Cancer Registry Stats. The practice of evidence-based medicine is organically part of our culture and early detection through screening mammograms lead to better outcomes. To encourage screening, we will provide educational sessions in the communities that have been identified as high risk areas and patient navigation services to support patients through diagnosis and treatment. The number of screenings and positive findings will be used to evaluate the program. Patients will be asked to complete a survey on services rendered and how funding helped.

Western Tidewater Free Clinic – Western tidewater Free Clinic’s Breast Health Program

Our project promotes the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care through evidence based patient navigation, barrier reduction and culturally appropriate education to increase access and utilization of breast health services.  WTFC serves the cities of Suffolk and Franklin, and the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton and Surry and they are not predicted to meet the Healthy People 2020 target for death and late-stage incidence of breast cancer.

Our patient navigators implement individual services to patients with challenges to timely care or risk factors for delays in care. We address barriers to care that are structural, sociocultural, financial or personal. Our staff provides educational interventions to increase knowledge and health beliefs about breast cancer and mammography screening. With evidence based interventions we will provide 240 mammograms through coordinated case management with a goal of reducing late-stage breast cancer diagnosis’s and breast cancer mortality.

2019-2020 Komen Central Virginia Grantees

Augusta Regional Free Clinic
Fishersville, VA

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Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
Richmond, VA

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CrossOver Ministry
Richmond, VA

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Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic)
Richmond, VA

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VCU Community Memorial Hospital
South Hill, VA

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