2015-2016 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.

Beach Health Clinic – The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman program focuses on increasing awareness regarding breast health and the importance of early breast cancer detection by providing 100 screening mammograms for uninsured adult women of ages 40-64 that reside in Virginia Beach.  The Nurse coordinator of the program will coordinate the scheduling with Sentara Leigh Breast Center and provide breast health education to a minimum of 50 female patients.  The program will offer the opportunity to connect 100 female patients to available resources for additional care for breast health problems.  The methods that will be utilized to evaluate the program are an excel spreadsheet that tracks the numbers of mammograms scheduled and completed, an education post-test to assess the information provided and a physician referral log that will track the connection with the follow-up care if needed.  This project will have a great impact on the Beach Health Clinic’s female patients because they will be provided the opportunity for screening mammograms and breast education classes and treatment at no cost with is otherwise unavailable to the uninsured.

Eastern Shore Health District – Life Matters

The Life Matters program focuses on increasing screening rates, access to diagnostics and awareness on the Eastern Shore. Our program will provide a minimum of 310 screening mammograms, 40 diagnostic mammograms and 9 breast ultrasounds to uninsured and under-insured women and men on the Eastern Shore earning less than 200% of the poverty level. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer will be transitioned into Medicaid via the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act and Every Woman’s Life. The program coordinator will enroll patients, schedule appointments, manage patient follow up, track no shows, adjust and submit patient invoices, and ensure results are given to primary care providers and patients in a timely manner. Educational materials will be distributed to a minimum of 350 women and men at a minimum of 2 outreach activities. The program will be evaluated by tracking the number of mammograms and ultrasounds scheduled and completed, test results and patient demographics.  The additional support the Life Matters program provides has enabled us to sustain the program coordinator’s position and increase screening rates and access to diagnostics thereby increasing survival rates. This program has been and vital resource for the community since 1999 and many depend on it year after year.

Hampton Health Department – I Am Aware, I Know My Normal-Breast Health in Hampton

The project goal is “to increase the number of women in vulnerable populations, living in Hampton, receiving screening mammograms, allowing for earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer.” Outreach is targeted to women who are members of vulnerable populations due to lack of insurance, low income, homelessness, physical or mental disability, and newcomer status.  Two Women’s Health Days (WHD), which combine clinical exams and mammography scheduling with other health screenings, are offered. The theme of all activity is “Know Your Normal” Outreach objective is 500 women.  Clinical breast exams and mammography scheduling are performed in health department’s Women’s Clinic year round. Screening and diagnostic services are provided by Sentara Health System. Case management and patient navigation are performed by the Community Health Nursing Team. In 2015, 200 women will receive breast health services. Outreach evaluations include number reached, results of the participant surveys, and follow up to determine if participants sought breast health services.  Screening evaluation includes number of patients and type and cost of services.  Patient navigation evaluation assesses patient satisfaction, number of patients and interactions, and the final outcome. Community impacts are an increase in awareness of the importance of “knowing your normal” in all health matters, including breast, and an increase in the number of women regularly screened for breast cancer.

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

This project will support all phases of breast healthcare for patients at Lackey Free Clinic (LFC). Through collaborative efforts, LFC will support the impact of breast healthcare in the following ways: 1) educate and promote breast health awareness and the importance of screening for early detection and improved outcomes for 783 uninsured women, 2) increase screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care including 596 Clinical Breast Exams and 311 screening mammograms and 156 diagnostic mammograms and 3) partner with Komen as an outlet of integrity for a shared purpose 4) reduce numbers of unscreened women on the Virginia Peninsula. These processes save lives. Lackey Free Clinic aims, to give every patient a reason for hope.  Through funding, education, and partnerships, LFC patients will have access to a continuum of care. Uninsured women will no longer delay breast healthcare due to affordability or lack of services. As a result, LFC expects to see improved outcomes without creating an additional financial burden on the community.

 Riverside Health Services – Breast health Alliance Program

Riverside’s Breast Health Alliance Program (BHAP) grant proposes to reduce breast cancer health disparities and to increase the diagnosis of breast cancer at an earlier more curable stage in women who live in the Peninsula Health District and five counties of the Three Rivers Health District.  Our efforts will focus on enrolling and providing breast cancer screening for 195 uninsured and indigent women ineligible for the Every Woman’s Life program who live in the communities we serve with a special emphasis on recruiting American-American women.  Utilizing the interventional priorities defined by Komen® to reduce the death rate and late stage breast cancer diagnosis in the communities most needed Riverside Health System will use its expansive network of providers and services to employ comprehensive strategies and initiatives to improve access to breast screening, education and diagnostic services within the defined population.  Funds will further be used to provide needed diagnostic imaging services for enrolled women. The primary evaluation measurements will specifically target and demonstrate the utilization of all mammography allocations through interventions set forth in the goals and objectives with secondary measurements intended to show outcomes from further diagnostic testing procedures.  As a provider Riverside Health System also offers a valuable link to the Every Woman’s Life program diagnostic and treatment services if further testing is required.

Southeastern Virginia Health System – Your Breast Health Project Provides Access to Mammography Screening for Uninsured Women

The Your Breast Health project provides screening and diagnostic mammograms to a patient population who is uninsured and primarily consistent of minority women. Female patients who need to have a mammogram will be identified by the primary care physician at their routine doctor’s office visit.  The patient will receive a clinical breast exam at that visit, performed by their physician, who will then refer the patient for a screening or diagnostic mammogram.  Prior to scheduling the mammogram the patient will meet with the health educator on staff to learn about  the importance of routine screening mammogram as a preventive measure against breast cancer. The health educator will also educate the patient about individual breast self-awareness and its role in preventing breast cancer. Patients who participate in counseling services with the health educator will complete a pre and post- test counseling and patient survey tool to help determine if the patient has gained knowledge about breast health.  Another measure of success of the project will be determined by reaching the stated goal of screening 300 uninsured women, and performing additional follow up diagnostic mammograms for 100 women whose initial screening mammogram was found to be abnormal. The Your Breast Health program will eliminate the cost barriers that often stand in the way of women getting regularly screened and increase the rate of screening among our largely uninsured and minority patient population.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Community Breast Screening for the Uninsured and Lost Insured Patient

The Sentara Cancer Network is an accredited cancer network, a distinction from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer   A major component of cancer care involves early detection and prevention.  Investments in screening and treatment technology will be measured in future years through early stages of diagnosis and greater length of survival. With grant funding from Susan G. Komen Tidewater Affiliate we are able to add breast cancer to our program.    A team comprised of Sentara Norfolk General Cancer Program staff is committed to the success of the grant project.  The Community Health Educator will market the screening event to regional physicians, clinics and other potential referral sources.  She will identify patients directly during community education events in the targeted areas.  The Breast Program Manager and technologists will provide mammograms during the screening event.  Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Department of Surgery physicians will provide clinical breast exams.  The Breast Program Manager will assist patients with abnormal findings through their continuum of care and track outcomes data.  The licensed clinical social worker will be available to assist diagnosed cancer patients throughout their treatment with psychosocial concerns, including financial aid and Medicare/Medicaid applications.  Grant funding payment for all women involved will be processed by the Breast Program Manager and Cancer Program Director.

Western Tidewater Free Health Clinic – Increasing Breast Health Awareness: Outreach, Access, Education, Screening and Case Management

This project will have a significant impact on the breast health of  uninsured women age 40-64 in our service area who are at or below 200% of the FPL as we proved:                                                          1) screening/diagnostic mammograms at Sentara Obici Hospital, clinical breast exams, and individual education;  2) Access to diagnostic, treatment and case management services for women with abnormal results; 3)Increase access to breast health services by enrolling new female patients age 40 and over; 4) Provide 90% of new patients with breast issues access to care within one week of their completion of eligibility; 5) Provide Komen educational materials at four community outreach events with a focus on breast health and Komen presence.   Our RN Case Manager will generate and review reports monthly to evaluate the program to assure that goals are met; clinical results are obtained and properly addressed as well as tracking educational pre and post-survey results. WTFC is an Every Woman’s Life provider enabling women with breast cancer or precancerous lesions access to Medicaid. Our goal is to provide women with the knowledge and means to increase breast cancer survival rates.