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2016 Grant Awards
Allina Associated Foundation, Cambridge, MN.
Program Title: Hope Fund.
Grant Award: $75,000.00
The Hope Fund was established to provide emergency financial assistance to qualifying breast cancer patients from many Minnesota Counties: Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. In 2012, the program expanded to include Wright, Sherburne, Meeker, McLeod, Steele, Waseca, and Dodge Counties. In 2016, they propose to expand the program again to include Brown, Nicollet, Sibley, Watonwon, and Lincoln Counties. Approximately 70 people with breast cancer are expected to be served. Financial assistance is provided through the Hope Fund for rent/mortgage payments, groceries, phone/utility payments, fuel, car repairs, etc. 100% of grant contributions support those with breast cancer. The Hope Fund will cover transportation costs for people in targeted outlying rural counties for mammography or other screening and diagnostic services. Evaluation of the program occurs through data tracking and self-reporting. No similar programs in the state serve people in these 17 rural counties.
American Indian Cancer Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Program Title: Pink Shawls Minnesota.
Grant Award: $73,504.00
The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) will deliver trainings throughout Minnesota tribal and urban communities to support stronger, more effective breast health outcomes for AI women through a sustainable network of culturally-tailored community education and increased access to available screening services. AICAF Community Outreach Specialist will lead a Pink Shawls Leadership Program utilizing a “train-the-trainer” format to build necessary capacity and skills with community health staff to enhance breast health education among AI women and promote programs that increase access to breast health education and screening in tribal and urban communities. AICAF will provide technical assistance to Pink Shawls Leaders via phone and email. Evaluation will identify reach, participation and impact. Pink Shawls Leadership Program will support increased breast screening rates among AI women and decreased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses through a culturally-tailored education program.
Breast Cancer Education Association (BCEA), Roseville, MN.
Program Title: Twin Cities Breast Cancer Education Conference.
Grant Award: $20,000.00
The only conference of its kind in the Twin Cities, this annual Breast Cancer Education Conference features renowned experts and resources on the latest in breast cancer research, nutrition, care and prevention.
Cancer Legal Line, St. Paul, MN.
Program Title: Breast Cancer Legal Program.
Grant Award: $75,000.00
Cancer Legal Line’s Breast Cancer Legal Program (BCLP) provides free legal care to Minnesotans affected by breast cancer who otherwise have no access to an attorney’s help for the legal issues that directly impact their health and quality of life. Each year, staff and volunteer attorneys in the community provide free legal care to at least 100 breast cancer clients with legal issues that are barriers to care and affect their ability to focus on treatment and wellness. CALL helps their clients meet basic needs by providing legal care in the following areas (I-HELP): I-Insurance Coverage; H-Housing and Financial; E-Employment; L-Legal Planning; P-Public Benefits. CALL works closely with oncology providers and a variety of cancer support groups throughout Minnesota. CALL is the only organization in Minnesota providing direct legal care specifically to low-income breast cancer patients and survivors.
Circle of Hope, Duluth, MN.
Program Title: Daily Living Expenses for Breast Cancer Patients in Northern Minnesota.
Grant Award: $23,200.00
Circle of Hope will cover the following areas for short term daily living expenses: rent, utilities, fuel oil, gas, and grocery cards. This would not be covered by any other providers in the area. The areas to be covered will include the following: Southern St. Louis County, Lake County, Cook County, Carlton, Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Clearwater, Beltrami, Hubbard, Wadena, Otter Tail, Becker, Norman, Clay, and Wilkin. Patients will always get "a free feel good box" from Circle of Hope and any guidance toward local resources should they contact Circle of Hope, a breast cancer non-profit committed to helping breast cancer patients above all else.
Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Foundation, Brainerd, MN.
Program Title: 2016 Pink Ribbon Cupboard.
Grant Award: $25,000.00
They hope to help eliminate some of the stress that occurs during breast cancer treatments as a result of the financial burdens these families are encountering. The purpose of the Pink Ribbon cupboard is to provide emergency financial assistance for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. The financial assistance will be for non-medical needs, such as gas vouchers for travel expenses; mortgage/rent payments; groceries, telephone bills, utility bills; etc. They primarily serve Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Cass Counties but also other out-state counties as funds allow. These are counties with high unemployment, and high levels of poverty. A three person Board reviews the need and determines the amount of assistance per applicant. They hope to assist 50-75 patients/ families through this grant. In their area, there is not another program like this. They also expect to be able to provide breast health education to more than 1000 women of all ages as they participate in various events throughout the area.
Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN.
Program Title: Sage Breast Cancer Screening Program.
Grant Award: $200,000.00
Sage pays for breast cancer screening services for low income, uninsured and under-insured women through its statewide provider network. Women ages 40 years or older are eligible if they have incomes equal to or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and lack insurance to cover breast cancer screening. Women younger than age 40 are eligible for Sage-funded services if they have symptoms or a family history of breast cancer. Sage implements evidence-based outreach strategies that effectively recruit significant numbers of women from communities of color. They will target Minnesota counties identified in Priority #1 and implement direct mail campaigns and community screening events to increase breast cancer screening. Funds awarded by Komen will pay for 2,000 women to complete breast cancer screening. Komen funds will pay for about 825 mammograms, 1,400 CAD, 22 biopsies and 80 ultrasounds. They expect 65 breast cancers will be detected in the coming year through Sage.
Neighborhood HealthSource, Minneapolis, MN.
Program Title: Early Detection & Awareness Program (E-DAP)
Grant Award: $73,340.00
Neighborhood HealthSource will reduce barriers to breast cancer screening for women with high risk of late-stage diagnosis or death by increasing clinical breast exam and mammogram rates to 50% each. Their target communities are women in North and Northeast Minneapolis, many of whom have low income and are un- or underinsured, focusing on African American, Latina and African-born women. The need: low-income communities and communities of color face disproportionately high rates of disease, complication and death—including breast cancer. They are committed to early detection, regular screening and lifestyle-based prevention. Key activities include mobile mammography and clinical breast exams at community sites and their clinics, targeted outreach and breast health education, multi-channel in-reach to patients due or overdue for mammograms, and referral follow-up. They will screen 591 women with outcomes of increased breast health awareness, screening rates and health system navigation support.
Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Program Title: Healthy Meals for Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families.
Grant Award: $75,000.00
Open Arms serves a community of clients whose lives have been changed by life-threatening illness. The majority of their clients face barriers to getting the food and nutrition they need. Those barriers are different for each client and can include isolation from friends and family, transportation or financial barriers, or simply that they do not have the physical energy to go to the store and cook. Their meal preparation and delivery service reduces those barriers for their clients by providing a reliable, consistent source of meals that are medically tailored to suit each client’s health and nutrition needs. A typical once-weekly delivery from Open Arms provides clients 50% of their Recommended Daily Allowance of calories and nutrients. All meals are planned and prepared under the guidance of an on-staff registered dietitian and executive chef. Almost 100% of the food clients receive is made from scratch in the Open Arms kitchen. Open Arms serves 350 clients with breast cancer each year.
Regions Hospital Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Program Title: The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Emergency Assistance Program.
Grant Award: $10,000.00
The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Emergency Assistance Program helps breast cancer patients at Regions pay rent, mortgage payments and utility bills when treatment has made it impossible for them to pay for such expenses themselves. As the safety-net hospital in the East Metro, Regions sees some of the most financially vulnerable populations in the area. By providing temporary financial support to the poorest of the poor receiving breast cancer treatment, they reduce the emotional and financial stress caused by their illnesses and help them retain their dignity and quality of life. Ten to twelve breast cancer patients would receive assistance as a result of this donation, with a general limit of $1,000 in assistance per person. Care providers and social workers will talk with assisted patients to evaluate the direct results of the gifts: if patients kept up with rent, mortgage payments and utility payments, etc.
Ridgeview Foundation, Waconia, MN.
Program Title: Pay it Forward Fund.
Grant Award: $75,000.00
Since 2005, Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) has paid up to $1,500 (max) in essential living expenses (housing, utilities, transportation, phone, food, & medical bills) to assist patients with breast cancer in current treatment & struggling financially. Providers, nurse liaisons, & social services refer eligible patients from 9 breast cancer treatment centers: 2 urban, 4 suburban, & 3 rural, where access & needs are often most challenging. In 2015, PIFF paid over $217K in bills to support 193 recipients (average award = $1,128). To date, PIFF has paid out over $1.6 million to assist 1,378 patients with breast cancer. Since 2011, PIFF has measured program efficiency & effectiveness: 174 former recipients rate a positive of 6 out of 7 for program satisfaction, stress reduction (financial, personal, & family), and overall impact on recovery. PIFF funding relieves recipients' short-term financial threats and grows a broader treatment support community for future breast cancer patients.
Southside Community Health Services, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Program Title: Southside Breast Cancer Outreach and Screening Program.
Grant Award: $54,920.00
Southside Community Health Services will conduct a breast health education and breast cancer screening program targeting African American and East African women in South Minneapolis and Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside areas. The goal of the project will be to improve access to breast health services for these populations, reducing their risk of morbidity and mortality from breast cancer. The overall objectives to achieve this goal are to: 1) create a breast health promotion and breast cancer screening safety net in collaboration with other community clinics, public health, and community agencies, using culturally appropriate one-on-one conversations, support, and community dialogs supported by small media, serving over 2,000 individuals, and 2) to provide clinical breast examinations and referrals for mammography at Southside Medical Clinic, serving over 650 individuals.
West Side Community Health Services, St. Paul, MN.
Program Title: Breast Health Services for Medically Underserved Women in St. Paul.
Grant Award: $42,820.00
West Side Community Health Services (West Side) will support culturally appropriate breast health education, screening and support services to medically underserved communities in St. Paul. These services will focus on the area’s growing Latino, Hmong and African American populations, as well as its African and Southeast Asian communities. West Side aims to serve 1,750 individuals with breast health outreach and education, and 1,200 women with accessing screening and follow-up diagnostic services and other essential support (i.e. a Latina survivors’ support group). Additionally, West Side proposes to continue work with its Peer Education program and to increase outreach to the Hmong community through the Hmong-speaking Community Health Worker on project staff. Collaboration with multiple community partners ensures patient care is coordinated to completion.
Susan G. Komen, National Headquarters: Annual payment for funding of breast cancer research only: $330,000.00
TOTAL AWARDED $1,152,784.00