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2017 Grant Awards
Allina Associated Foundation – Buffalo/NewUlm/Owatonna, MN
Project Title: Hope Fund
Grant Award: $60,000
The Hope Fund provides emergency financial assistance to qualifying breast cancer patients from 17 rural Minnesota Counties: Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, MilleLacs, Pine, Wright, Sherburne, Meeker, McLeod, Steele, Waseca, Dodge, Brown,Nicollet, Sibley, Watonwon, and Lincoln Counties. Approximately 70 people with breast cancer will be served. Assistance provided through the Hope Fund can be used for rent/mortgage payments,groceries, phone/utility payments, fuel, car repairs and similar needs. The facilities cover all administrative costs, so 100% of grant contributions support those with breast cancer. The Hope Fund program covers transportation costs for people in target outlying rural counties who are in need of assistance for travel for mammography, other screening/diagnostic services, and treatment (Pine and Kanabec Counties).
American Indian Cancer Foundation -- Minneapolis,MN
Project Title: Indigenous Pink Leadership Program
Grant Award: $59,995
The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) will expand delivery of the Indigenous Pink Leadership (IPL) program throughout Minnesota and regional tribal and urban communities. The IPL program will build on existing culturally tailored community health education through clinic engagement to increase access to screening services to result in more effective breast health outcomes for AlI women. The AICAF IPL program evidence-based strategies include 1) group breast health education delivered as “train-the-trainer” format to advance community health capacity; 2) community health and clinic linkages to enhance screening access and 3) call-to-action education resources geared towards AI women. AICAF leads cancer screening technical assistance via in-person, phone, email and/or web for community health and clinic systems. AICAF IPL program strives to increase breast screening rates and decrease late-stage breast cancer diagnoses among AI women through culturally tailored approaches.
Angel Foundation -- Minneapolis, MN
Project Title: Emergency Financial Assistance Program
Grant Award: $60,000
The Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program covers critical basic needs in order to help adult cancer patients reduce financial stress and stay in /progress thru the continuum of care. Funding from Komen would be restricted to breast cancer patients only. Eligible applicants must be 18+ years old w/ verified cancer diagnosis, meet financial criteria (200% of Fed. Poverty Guidelines), be in active treatment and reside(or RECEIVE TREATMENT) in the 7-county Twin Cities area. With their goal to increase the # of patients assisted, they expect to serve 1,700+ patients, including more than 400 breast cancer patients. In view of current health-care costs, cancer-related financial problems continue to rise. While they cannot treat the disease itself, EFA grants help patients to continue their treatment - without reducing medication to save money or dropping out due to overwhelming expense. Evaluation is done by pre & post surveys related to levels of financial distress and grant impact.
Cancer Legal Care (aka Cancer Legal Line) -- Minneapolis, MN
Project Title: Breast Cancer Legal Program
Grant Award: $60,000
The 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.Staff and volunteer attorneys help at least 100 breast cancer clients annually with legal issues that are barriers to care and affect their ability to focus on treatment and wellness. In surveys and testimonials, 85% of BCLP clients report the legal care provided had a positive impact on their health and well-being.
Care Partners - Eveleth, MN
Project Title: Care Partners Breast Cancer Financial Assistance Program
Grant Award: $15,000
The program assists patients facing financial toxicity due to a breast cancer diagnosis providing critical financial assistance for medical and non-medical expenses not covered by any other source. Care Partners will provide assistance to a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 37 patients. To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of St. Louis County - Iron Range, receiving treatment, experiencing financial hardship and complete the required enrollment forms. Once enrolled, the patient is awarded $400. If additional assistance is needed, the patient can request additional support. The request is presented to Care Partners'Board via email within 48 hrs. The program alleviates the burden of financial stress and increases a patient’s access to critical treatment and support services.
Essentia Health – St Joseph’s Foundation, an unincorporated division of Essentia Health Foundation - Brainerd, MN
Project Title: Non-medical Financial Assistance to Families Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
Grant Award: $25,000
The Pink Ribbon Cupboard’s hope is to help reduce some stress that occurs during breast cancer treatments as a result of the financial burdens these families are encountering and thereby increase the number of patients continuing through their treatment. 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, groceries, utility bills; etc. They primarily serve Todd, Wadena, Morrison,Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Cass Counties and others out state as funds allow. These counties have high unemployment, and levels of poverty. A four person Board reviews the need and determines the amount of assistance. 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 education to more than 1000 women in various events throughout the area.
Hennepin Health Foundation - Minneapolis,MN
Project Title: HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center: Urgent needs and medical supports for breast cancer patients.
Grant Award: $28,600
Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) requests support for breast cancer financial assistance to help cover patient urgent needs and genetic testing. The overall purpose of this program is to enhance quality of life and care for patients. Over 100 patients will be served by financial assistance and at least 10 patients will be served by genetic testing support. The CCC will offer grocery cards, transportation to the clinic, and genetic testing when not covered or fully covered by insurance. This grant will alleviate barriers HCMC patients experience in addition to breast cancer.
Minnesota Department of Health –Statewide, MN
Project Title: Sage Breast Cancer Screening Project
Grant Award: $175,000
Funds will be used to pay for breast cancer screening services for up to 1,750 low income, uninsured and under insured Minnesota women provided through Sage's extensive statewide provider network. Women 40 years of age and older are eligible for Sage paid services if they are uninsured and have household incomes less than or equal to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. Younger women with breast health symptoms and/or that have a family history of breast cancer are eligible for Sage services if they meet program income and insurance eligibility criteria. Sage partners with clinics in all counties identified above as priority areas. Recruitment strategies that target low income women in these counties are implemented throughout the year. Strategies used include direct mail campaigns, radio campaigns,posters and flyers at clinics in addition to appeals to Sage clients to refer their friends and family. Sage successfully reaches and serves significant numbers of women of color.
Neighborhood HealthSource- Minneapolis,MN
Project Title: Early Detection and Awareness Program (E-DAP)
Grant Award: $60,000
Neighborhood HealthSource will reduce barriers to breast cancer screening for women with high risk of late-stage diagnosis or death by increasing mammogram rates to 60%. Their target communities are women in North and Northeast Minneapolis,many of whom have low income and are un- or under insured, 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 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 500 women with outcomes of increased breast health awareness, screening rates and health system navigation support.
Open Arms of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Project Title: Healthy Meals for Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families
Grant Award: $60,000
Open Arms serves a community of clients whose lives have been changed by life-threatening illness. The majority of their clients face multiple barriers to accessing 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 provides clients with 55% 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. Nearly 100% of the food clients receive is made from scratch int he Open Arms kitchen. Open Arms serves 350 clients with breast cancer each year.
Ridgeview Foundation - Waconia, MN
Project Title: Pay It Forward Fund
Grant Award: $60,000
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 13 breast cancer treatment centers: 2 urban, 5 suburban,& 6 rural, where access & needs are often most challenging. In 2016,PIFF paid $275,466 in bills to support 257 recipients (average award = $1071).Since inception, PIFF has paid out $187,810 to assist 1635 Minnesota patients with breast cancer. Since 2011, PIFF has measured program efficiency &effectiveness: 273 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.
West Side Community Health Services – St. Paul, MN
Project Title: Breast Health Services for Medically Underserved Women in St Paul
Grant Award: $59,991
With financial support from Susan G. Komen Minnesota, West Side Community Health Services (“West Side”) aims to reduce barriers to accessing care across the breast cancer continuum among medically under served communities in St.Paul/Ramsey County, Minnesota. The impact of achieving this goal is to decrease incidence of late-stage diagnosis and death rates from breast cancer. Research indicates that West Side’s patients, who are predominantly racially diverse,low-income, un/underinsured, and linguistically isolated, have a higher likelihood of experiencing barriers to care. To mitigate these barriers, the project will meet these targets: 2,830 people receive evidence-based breast health education, 45 low-income women receive free mammogram screening, 600 patients navigated through the breast health system, 100% of women identified receive care coordination, 50 women participate in survivor support group.Project activities will target African-American, Hispanic/Latina, and Hmong women.
Susan G. Komen National Headquarters: Annual payment for funding of breast cancer research only: $300,000.00
TOTAL AWARDED $1,013,586.00