2011-2012 Central VA Grant Recipients

These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.

Access Now
Richmond, VA

The “Patient Care Coordination” program provides access to treatment for breast cancer for women throughout the Richmond area who are poor, have no insurance and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.  Patients receive primary care at local safety net clinics and are referred to Access Now when specialty care is needed. With Komen funding, 50 breast cancer patients will have access to care provided at no charge by volunteer physicians who donate their time and services to the treatment of breast cancer.

For more information contact:

Marilyn Nicol

Augusta Regional Free Clinic
Fishersville, VA

The “Recognition-Accountability-Coordination-Education (RACE)” program emphasizes the need for preventive care, assists patients with scheduling medical appointments and mammograms, and provides breast health education to low income, uninsured women aged 40-64 residing in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. Thanks to Komen funding, 350 women Augusta County will receive medical and clinical breast exams this year.

For more information contact:

Margaret Hersh

Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
Richmond, VA

With Komen funding, Bon Secours Richmond Health System will provide breast screening and/or diagnostic testing services to 225 low income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64.  Clinical breast exams, mammograms, and diagnostic studies for abnormal screening results will be provided free of charge.  Women with abnormal findings will receive case management services from a Bon Secours Registered Nurse and assistance with Medicaid enrollment for treatment if there is a diagnosis of breast cancer.

For more information contact:

Nancy Malone

Centra-Southside Community Hospital
Farmville, VA

The “Piedmont Health District Breast Health Effort” will provide 134 low income uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 living in rural Central Virginia with clinical breast exams and screening mammograms. Women with questionable mammograms will receive case management services and assistance with Medicaid enrollment.  Those ineligible for Medicaid will receive further counseling services and referrals for assistance.

For more information contact:

Kerry Mossler

Central Virginia Health Services
New Canton, VA

Central Virginia Health Services will be using its Komen funding to ensure that 315 uninsured, low income women at 14 clinics across Central Virginia will receive critical breast health screenings and education. This grant award will give uninsured women the opportunity to access mammography services that otherwise would not be available to them.

For more information contact:

Randall Bashore

Community Memorial Healthcenter
South Hill, VA

The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast health education, and transportation if needed, to 100 uninsured women in the communities of Brunswick, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg, and South Hill.

For more information contact:

Cynthia Felton

CrossOver Ministry
Richmond, VA

The “Breast Health Initiative“ improves access to breast health services for 2,000 low income, uninsured women in the Richmond area by providing breast cancer screenings, culturally competent treatment for breast conditions, and breast cancer education. CrossOver hopes that their project will inform patients about the importance of regular breast exams and discourage them from skipping important breast health screenings.

For more information contact:

Julie Bilodeau

Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation
Richmond, VA

The “Free Mammography Outreach Program” is a unique, established healthcare initiative that provides breast health education, free mammograms, and follow-up care to 500 medically underserved or uninsured women in the Greater Richmond area. The program will navigate women through the complexities of breast health care in a system that includes referring clinics, mammography facilities, and Access Now, the volunteer, specialty care physician organization in the Richmond area. Imaging centers collaborating with the Paredes Foundation will be reimbursed for one mammogram for every two women imaged.

For more information contact:

Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes

Fan Free Clinic
Richmond, VA

The “Patient-Centered Medical Home Breast Health Services Program” strengthens and supports Fan Free Clinic’s ongoing and successful efforts to reach low-income, uninsured women throughout Richmond with critical breast health education. The program also includes attentive patient monitoring and follow-up for all women treated at the clinic, thereby “closing the loops” for those who rely upon the safety net health care system for their primary care. With Komen funding, the Fan Free Clinic will provide clinical breast exams and breast health education to 500 low-income, uninsured women.

For more information contact:

Cathy Wheeler
804-358-6343 x136

Halifax Regional Health System
South Boston, VA

“Supporting Breast Health in Uninsured and Underinsured Women Ages 40 – 64 in Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties” will continue to support Halifax Regional Hospital’s commitment to mitigating the barriers to health care in this rural, underserved region of central Virginia.  Komen funding will provide no-cost screening mammograms and no-cost diagnostic mammograms to 350 women who would otherwise go without.

For more information contact:

Connie Halsey

Nueva Vida
Richmond, VA

“Access and Survivorship Support” seeks to improve the health outcomes of medically underserved Latinas in metropolitan Richmond by facilitating timely access for 40 women to receive breast cancer screening, treatment, and information through a Hispanic navigator. Free survivorship support will address mental health needs of women who face their disease far from family and friends, in a foreign environment, and often in poverty.

For more information contact:

Larisa Caicedo

VCU Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, VA

Research shows that Hispanic-Americans are less aware of cancer clinical trials, although they are not less willing to participate when provided the opportunity. In partnership with Nueva Vida, VCU Massey Cancer Center will “Increase Hispanic Access to Cancer Clinical Trials” by developing a training curriculum and utilizing 25 Promotoras to share information about clinical trials with the Hispanic community.

For more information contact:

Carlin Rafie

Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA

The “Prevention, Education Access and Mammogram” program will make an impact on breast cancer disparities in the Petersburg area by providing screening mammograms and diagnostic testing as needed to 90 eligible women. Female students at the University will be trained to promote breast health to older women of color, while the Health Center staff will stress the importance of screenings with all women in the community.

For more information contact:

Rebecca Branch-Griffin