2016-2017 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. For information on breast cancer needs in Tidewater Virginia, please read the 2015 Komen Tidewater Virginia Community Profile Report.

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

Eastern Shore Health District – Life Matters

The Life Matters program focuses on increasing screening rates, access to diagnostics and increasing awareness on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Our program will provide a minimum of 350 screening mammograms, 30 diagnostic mammograms and 40 breast ultrasounds to uninsured and under-insured women and men. Eligible 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 schedule appointments, track no shows and ensure results are given to primary care providers in a timely manner. Educational materials will be distributed to a minimum of 650 women and men at a minimum of 5 outreach activities. Program evaluation methods will include an excel spread sheet that tracks the number of mammograms and ultrasounds, results and patient demographics. Increasing screening rates and access to diagnostics will increase survival rates in the health district.

Hampton Health Department – I Know My Normal – Hampton Breast Health Project

Hampton Health Department’s (HHD) project goal is “to reduce breast cancer mortality” by increasing the number of women who enter the Continuum of Care: screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up/survivorship, wrapped in continuous education. Outreach is designed to bring women into the Continuum and is targeted to all African American women due to that group’s increased risk for breast cancer mortality and to women at risk for low access to services due to lack of insurance, physical or mental disability, and newcomer status. 500 women will receive outreach programming. Screening, diagnostic, case management, and patient navigation services are conducted by HHD and Sentara. In 2016, 200 women will receive breast health services. Expected community impacts are an increase in awareness of the importance of “knowing your normal, increased numbers of women entering the Continuum of Care, and a comprehensive system of referral and response.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Community Breast Screening and Education

The purpose of the program is to provide screening mammograms and/or diagnostic mammograms, and ultrasounds to approximately 175 uninsured women in the communities that are designated as highest priority per findings from Susan G. Komen Request for Applications (RFP) Statement of Need. We added Norfolk based on Virginia Atlas of Community Health.  Norfolk is listed below state average with age adjusted incidence per 100,000 equaling 127.5, mortality per 100,000 equaling 27.8 and late stage rate 47.7. The practice of evidence-based medicine is organically part of our culture and we know that early detection through screening mammograms lead to better outcomes.  Screening is a key part of identifying cancer in the early stages, but women find the process confusing or they are fearful of the results.  To encourage screening, we will provide educational sessions in the communities that have been identified as high risk areas and patient navigation services.

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

All localities of Western Tidewater are listed as medium to highest (Suffolk and Isle of Wight) or highest (Southampton) in intervention priorities according to the Susan G. Komen of Tidewater Quantitative Data Report except for Franklin which is undetermined. None of our localities are predicted to meet the Healthy People 2020 targets for death and late-stage incidence rates. WTFC is a provider of the Every Woman’s Life Program enabling women with precancerous or cancerous lesions immediate access to Medicaid. Women needing treatment for breast cancer get immediate access to care.  Our Breast Health Program will focus on the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care and increasing access to a full array of breast health services We will provide screening and diagnostic mammograms for 300 low-income women through outreach, education, advocacy and comprehensive case management thus contributing to a reduction of late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in Western Tidewater.