2017-2018 Central VA Grant Recipients

Since 1998, Komen Central Virginia has invested over $5.9 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects and $2.0 million in national research grants. The Komen Central Virginia Affiliate’s local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®, have enabled it to fund projects with the following organizations who will improve the lives of women in our area.

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. For information on breast cancer needs in Central Virginia, please read the 2015 Komen Central Virginia Community Profile Report.

Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.

Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
Richmond, VA

With Komen funding, Bon Secours Richmond Health System will provide clinical breast exams, breast screening and/or diagnostic services to eligible uninsured/ underinsured women ages 40-64 and women 18-39 with abnormal breast symptoms. 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.

For more information, contact:
Berkeleigh Combs

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CrossOver Ministry
Richmond, VA

Funding from Komen supports CrossOver’s Breast Health Initiative, which emphasizes breast health education and access to diagnostic screenings. The project provides breast health education to low-income women, focusing on Black/African-American women and women of foreign descent, through the clinic’s Lay Health Promoter/Promotores de Salud program. The Komen grant program not only addresses breast cancer risk factors, early detection, and the importance of mammograms, but also promotes access to breast cancer screenings and education for CrossOver patients through women’s health services at the clinic.

For more information, contact:
Julie Bilodeau

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Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic)
Richmond, VA

The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Breast Health Services Program at Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic) provides affordable breast cancer screenings, breast health care information, and linkage to care. The grant program targets low-income, uninsured African American, Hispanic and Caucasian cisgender women and transgender adults in the Greater Richmond area who have limited access to care. Key Activities of the grant program include providing affordable breast health screenings/diagnostic referrals, proactive breast health monitoring/follow-up, and culturally sensitive information regarding breast health and resources.

For more information, contact:
Wendy Klein, MD

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Heart of Virginia Free Clinic
Farmville, VA

The Breast Health Program provides screening, diagnostics, education, referral and navigation for treatment, and follow-up care for uninsured, low income women ages 40-64 in the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward. Clinical exams are provided by the clinic to establish eligibility; then patients are referred to Centra Southside Community Hospital for breast cancer screening.  Women requiring further diagnostic testing and treatment are referred to the Every Woman’s Life Program. Breast health information is shared through individual education, presentations to the target population, and requests from community groups.

For more information, contact:
Pat Payne

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VCU Community Memorial Hospital
South Hill, VA

The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, breast health education, and transportation as needed to uninsured women ages 40-64 in the communities of Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and South Hill.

For more information, contact:
Christina Elam

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