2014-2015 Komen Tidewater 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® is not a direct service provider.

Eastern Shore Health Department – Life Matters

The primary purpose of the “Life Matters” program is to increase screening rate on the Eastern Shore.  This includes women under 40 with a strong family history that may require a baseline mammogram, undocumented women and women under 50.  The second critical component of our program is to provide comprehensive breast health services to all in need, this includes men experiencing symptoms as well as women.  We will provide screening mammograms for an additional 200 women and diagnostic services for 50 women and men as needed.  The success of the program will be determined by examining the number of screenings we complete and the number of individuals that receive diagnostic services. This program is used to fill the gaps in the Every Woman’s Life program.

Hampton Health Department – Self-Aware Hampton

The goal of this program is to provide quality breast health services to 220 uninsured Hampton women from vulnerable populations.  Outreach targets low income, homeless and sheltered women and women with physical or intellectual disabilities.  Breast health awareness will be promoted through a minimum of 10 outreach events scheduled in collaboration with Hampton Free Clinic, homeless shelters, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and The Links.  Education, clinical and screening services are offered throughout the year in HHD’s Family Planning and Gynecological Clinic. Case management will be conducted by community health nurses.  The effectiveness fo outreach is measured by the number of women attending, their survey and evaluations at the events conclusions and the number of participants scheduling a clinic or health fair appointment. The number of women who were delinquent for screening is also tracked.  Screening activity is evaluated by the number screened, participant satisfaction surveys, appointment compliance and screening outcomes.

Northern Neck Free Health Clinic – Well-Women Clinic Mammograms

The NNFHC Well-Woman Mammogram program includes regular GYN Clinics, referrals for screening and diagnostic mammograms and referral tracking system.  Patients receive education on the importance of having mammograms and procedures are in place to improve patient compliance in obtaining tests and to reduce wait times.  The NNFHC schedules and tracks all screening and diagnostic mammograms for low-income and uninsured women up to age 65.  The NNFHC anticipates they will provide referrals for 360 free screening mammograms and 40 diagnostic mammograms.  In order to address the transportation barrier to care, we will provide 200 $10.00 gift cards after the mammograms are completed.

Southeastern Virginia Health System – Your Breast Health

Southeaster Virginia Health System’s patient population is largely uninsured, approximately 48%, and African American or minority, approximately 58%. The Your Breast Health Project will eliminate the “cost” barrier often seen in this population for routine mammography screening.  During regularly scheduled primary care office visits women will receive clinical breast exams performed by their primary care physician who will then refer the patient for mammography services.  Coordination of services will include individual or group education sessions performed by the Health Educator using the “Breast Self-Awareness” model; patient assistance from the Project Coordinator with scheduling appointments for mammography testing; screening or diagnostic procedures as determined by the primary care physician and follow up of test results. The project will screen 300 uninsured and/or minority women providing 300 mammograms and 125 diagnostic services. SEVHS has an active organizational Performance Improvement Committee and annually evaluates mammography screening rates as a core clinical measure of preventive health services.

Western Tidewater Free Clinic – Increasing breast health awareness; Outreach, Access, Education, Screening and Case Management

Of the 35 health districts in Virginia, Western tidewater ranks No. 1 in breast cancer mortality rites. Women in this region are diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and more likely to die from their disease. Our program will provide 300 screening mammograms, clinical breast exams, individual patient education, case management, community outreach,  diagnostic services, and  gas cards to assist with transportation needs.  Our services are monitored monthly via medical database and spreadsheets to ensure our goals are met, clinical results are obtained and properly addressed.  Our goal is to provide women with knowledge and the means to decrease the incidence of breast cancer and increase survival rates.