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2018 Grant Awards
American Indian Cancer Foundation - Minneapolis
Project Title: Indigenous Pink Leadership Program
Grant Award: $ 60,000
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 continue building components for a model framework that identifies evidence-based best practices in breast health education with AI communities. The AICAF IPL program evidence-based strategies include 1) breast health education delivered to clinic providers and staff as “train-the-trainer” format to advance clinic and community health capacity; 2) community health and clinic linkages to enhance screening access and 3) a culturally tailored technical assistance (TA) program for community health and clinic systems based on information gathered from the 2017 call-to-action forum and creation of the breast health expert group. 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 - St Paul
Project Title: Emergency Financial Assistance Program
Grant Award: $ 50,000
The Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program covers critical basic needs to help adult cancer patients reduce financial stress and stay in / progress through their continuum of care. Funding from Susan G. Komen would be restricted to breast cancer patients only. Eligible applicants must be 18+ years old with a verified cancer diagnosis, meet financial criteria (200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines), be in active treatment and reside (or receive treatment) in the 7-County Twin Cities area. During this granting period, they expect to serve 1,700 patients, including nearly 400 breast cancer patients. Current healthcare costs mean that cancer-related financial problems continue to rise. While they can’t treat the disease itself, they CAN provide EFA grants to help patients continue their treatment without cutting medication or skipping visits due to overwhelming expense. Evaluation is done through focus groups and surveys conducted with patient recipients and healthcare providers.
Cancer Legal Care - St Paul
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. The BCLP provides legal care in the areas of: Insurance Coverage Denials (health/disability insurance), Housing and Financial (foreclosure, bankruptcy), Employment (discrimination/leave), Legal Planning (guardianship, wills, Powers of Attorney) Public Benefits (Social Security Disability, Medicaid). CLC is the only organization in Minnesota providing direct legal care to breast cancer patients and survivors.
Care Partners - Eveleth
Project Title: Care Partners Breast Cancer Financial Assistance Project
Grant Award: $ 14,800
The program reduces the barriers to treatment and support services assists, related to financial toxicity due to a breast cancer diagnosis, by 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 patients access to critical treatment and support services.
Essentia Health - St. Joseph’s Foundation - Brainerd
Project Title: Non-Medical Financial Assistance to Families Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
Grant Award: $ 20,000
The Pink Ribbon Cupboard fills a gap for families/patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Patients typically have insurance to pay for most of their medical costs or there are other forms of assistance to pay for those costs. There is nothing to assist families for non-medical costs that cannot be paid during treatment as a result of lost wages or increased travel costs. Often wage earning family members cannot work during treatments and the lost wages put a financial burden on the families. They attempt to fill that gap. They assist all patients while undergoing treatment, irrespective of age, gender, or ethnicity. Since the counties in which they live have high poverty populations, PRC assistance is vital to their well-being. They typically serve between 60 and 90 families each year through provision of gas cards, grocery cards, rent and mortgage payments, and utility payments. All of these families get healthy as a result of the treatments and remain productive in their society.
Hennepin Health Foundation - Minneapolis
Project Title: HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center: Urgent Needs and Medical Supports for Breast Cancer Patients
Grant Award: $ 52,821
Hennepin Health Foundation requests support for our Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) for breast cancer financial assistance to help cover patient urgent needs and lymphedema prosthetic garments. 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 30 patients will be served by lymphedema and breast prosthetic garments. The CCC will offer grocery cards, transportation to the clinic, and sleeves and garment fittings when not covered or fully covered by insurance. This grant will alleviate barriers HCMC patients experience in addition to breast cancer.
Midwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference - Bloomington
Project Title: Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference
Grant Award: $50,000
Minnesota Department of Health - Statewide
Project Title: Sage Breast Cancer Screening Program
Grant Award: $ 125,000
The Sage Program will provide free breast cancer screening to 2,000 low income women. Women age 40 & older, with a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, who are uninsured or under-insured, are eligible for the program. Women younger than age 40 with breast health symptoms and/or who have a family history of breast cancer are eligible for services if they meet Sage’s other criteria. Services are available statewide including areas noted in the Komen MN Mission Action Plan. Patient navigation, education and case management are other important services provided by Sage. Through outreach targeted to never or rarely screened women, as well as to populations of color, Sage is working to eliminate health disparities and improve outcomes. Patient data is tracked and used by Sage to help reduce a patient’s time from screening to diagnosis and, if needed, to treatment. Sage activities are guided by evidence based strategies and are rigorously evaluated.
Open Arms of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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 in the Open Arms kitchen. Open Arms serves 350 clients with breast cancer each year.
Ridgeview Foundation - Waconia
Project Title: Pay It Forward Fund
Grant Award: $ 60,000
Breast cancer treatment is challenging physically, emotionally & financially. Since 2005, Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) has assisted Minnesota patients by paying to $1,500 (max) in essential living expenses (housing, utilities, transportation, phone, food, & medical) to reduce stress in individuals with breast cancer who are struggling financially during treatment. Health care providers & social workers refer applicants from 13 treatment centers. In 2017, PIFF paid $340,854 in bills to assist 312 recipients. They expect these number to increase in 2018, as they have in each of their 12 previous years. To date, PIFF has paid $2,238,688 to support 1947 individuals. In short- & long-term surveys, hundreds of recipients confirm (median ratings positive 6 out of 7) that PIFF awards reduce their immediate financial, personal, & household stress during treatment and in their recovery periods. Even a year or more after treatment, >50% of former recipients recall the PIFF impact positively.
West Side Community Health Services - St Paul
Project Title: Breast Health Services for Medically Underserved Women in St Paul
Grant Award: $ 49,999
West Side Community Health Services aims to reduce barriers to accessing care across the breast cancer continuum among medically underserved communities in St. Paul, MN. The long-term outcome of achieving this goal are decreased incidence of late-stage diagnosis and decreased death rates from breast cancer. Impact will be measured using patient- and population-level metrics. 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: $230,000.00
TOTAL AWARDED $832,620.00