2017-2018 Komen Tidewater Grant Recipients

Since 1999, Komen Tidewater has invested over $5.3 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects and $2.0 million in national research grants. The Komen Tidewater  local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure®, have enabled the funding of the 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 Tidewater area of Virginia, please read the 2015 Komen Tidewater Community Profile Report.

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

Bon Secours Maryview Foundation – Bon Secours Maryview Breast Health Project

Working with existing Bon Secours Maryview Foundation programs they will provide 4 to 6 educational seminars (and educational materials), free mammograms and follow-up diagnostics, when necessary, to 150 low-income, at-risk, uninsured women in Portsmouth.

Eastern Shore Health District  – Life Matters

This program augments the funding for the administration of the Every Woman’s Life program on the Eastern Shore.  Additionally, they will provide a minimum of  four outreach activates to promote awareness concerning risk factors and screening guidelines as well as breast health education for 250 women of African American decent.  50 women and/or men will receive free diagnostic services which will ultimately transition into Medicaid for treatment if needed.

Hampton Health Department – Hampton Know your Normal Outreach and Screening Program

This program objective is to reach 500 women who are African American and are at risk for low access to services because of no insurance and low income.  Additionally they will be focusing on women who are at risk of not receiving care because of physical or mental disabilities.  They will be partnering with Peninsula Cancer Coalition, H.E.L.P. and the Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities to present 20 awareness programs including 10 Worship in Pink presentations.  Additionally they will provide 118 mammograms and 79 diagnostics.

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

This program will provide breast health education for 700 uninsured women between the ages of 20 and 65.  Komen funding will pay for 118 screening mammograms and 30 diagnostics.  Lackey will provide additional funding to provide another 138 screening mammograms and 58 diagnostics.  Lackey Clinic’s Nurse Practitioners will provide follow up.

Riverside Health System – Overcoming Disparities in Screening for Breast Cancer

Through partnerships Riverside will provide breast health education to at least 125 women.  Riverside will provide 125 screening mammograms and 25 diagnostic services to women living at or below 175% federal poverty level

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Free Mammogram Screening and Education

This project will provide for 2 educational events, on in Portsmouth and one in Newport News to dispel myths about breast cancer and breast screening  and to promote breast health.  Each event would provide education for 75 women.  Free screening mammograms will be provided to 130 women from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News and Portsmouth.  13 women will receive diagnostic mammograms when indicated.

Western Tidewater Free Clinic – Western Tidewater Free Clinic’s Breast Health Program

This program is multi-faceted.  They will enroll 150 new female patients into the Women’s Health Program.  Through follow up and effective case management they expect to rescreen 100 patients who received either a clinical breast exam or a screening mammogram last year.  They will provide 275 screening mammograms for women in Western Tidewater who are at 200% or less the Federal Poverty Level.  In order to ensure that transportation issues do not prevent access to screening patients can receive gas cards.  Western Tidewater Free Clinic serves patients from Suffolk city, Franklin city, Isle of Wight County and Southampton County.