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2019 Grant Awards
Allina Associated Foundation
Project Title: Hope Fund
Grant Award: $40,000.00
The Hope Fund is an emergency financial assistance program for qualifying breast cancer patients from 17 rural Minnesota Counties: Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Wright, Sherburne, Meeker, McLeod, Steele, Waseca, Dodge, Brown, Nicollet, Sibley, Watonwon, and Lincoln. Approximately 40-45 people who are living at or below 350% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are expected to be served. Key activities include identifying people in need, helping them apply, and providing financial assistance for rent/mortgage payments, groceries, phone/utility payments, transportation, medical treatment, car repairs, etc. It is expected that people who receive assistance will be more likely to get screening and diagnostic services, pursue the optimal course of treatment, and maintain compliance with treatment and aftercare all in an effort to reduce breast cancer mortality. Program evaluation program occurs through data tracking of service counts and self-report.
Brainerd Lakes Area Breast Cancer Educational Committee
Project Title: Breast Cancer Survivor Conference
Grant Award: $4,000.00
Cancer Legal Care
Project Title: Breast Cancer Legal Program
Grant Award: $60,000.00
The Breast Cancer Legal Program (BCLP) provides free legal care to Minnesotans affected by breast cancer who have no access to an attorney’s help for the legal issues that directly impact their health and wellbeing. Staff and volunteer attorneys help at least 100 breast cancer clients annually with legal issues that are barriers to care and effect wellness. This year to date, 64% of BCLP clients have an improved ability to maintain their continuity of care and 94% enjoy reduced stress/improved mental well-being as a result of the legal care received. The BCLP provides legal care in a variety of areas of law, including: Insurance Coverage Denials (health/disability insurance), Housing and Financial (foreclosure, bankruptcy), Employment (discrimination/leave), Legal Planning (guardianship, wills, Powers of Attorney) and Public Benefits (Social Security Disability, Medicaid). CLC is the only organization in Minnesota providing direct legal care to breast cancer patients/survivors.
Project Title: Care Partners Breast Cancer Financial Assistance Project
Grant Award: $14,400.00
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 who are underinsured or uninsured. 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.
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Project Title: CLUES Senos Sanos Greater MN Project
Grant Award: $46,616.00
CLUES will provide breast health education and mammogram screening events to underserved low-income Latina women in rural Minnesota. 40 women will participate in group education and 60 will receive free screenings. Latina women face significant obstacles to breast health: limited English skills, lack of insurance, transportation, and knowledge of the health care system. A Community Health Worker will provide evidence-based breast health education via women’s groups. CHWs are individuals from the community who are competent in providing culturally/linguistically appropriate services. Evaluation methods include a survey to document the increase of knowledge about breast health and number of women who receive a mammogram. CLUES' goal is to reduce breast cancer disparities. They expect that their services will impact the percentage of Latina women who are up-to-date with screenings, and ultimately lead to a decrease in the percentage of women diagnosed in advanced stages of breast cancer.
Hennepin Health Foundation
Project Title: Hennepin Healthcare Comprehensive Cancer Center: Removing barriers for breast cancer patients
Grant Award: $35,022.00
Hennepin Healthcare’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) breast cancer financial assistance program helps 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 grocery assistance, 60 with transportation to treatment services assistance, and at least 20 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 breast cancer patients’ experience, aiding in completion of treatment and improved health outcomes.
Midwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference - Bloomington
Project Title: Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference
Grant Award: $55,000.00
Minnesota Community Care
Project Title: Minnesota Community Care Breast Health Program
Grant Award: $40,000.00
Minnesota Community Care (MCC) aims to reduce barriers to accessing care across the breast cancer continuum among medically underserved communities in St. Paul, MN. The long-term outcomes 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 MCC’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: 2,815 people receive evidence-based breast health education, 120 low-income women receive free mammogram screening, and 50 women participate in survivor support groups. Project activities will target African-American, Hispanic/Latina, and Hmong women.
Minnesota Department of Health
Project Title: Sage Breast Cancer Screening Project - Minnesota
Grant Award: $105,000.00
The Sage Program will provide breast cancer screening at no cost to women age 40 & older, with a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, or who are uninsured or under-insured. Women younger than age 40 with breast health symptoms and/or who have a family history of breast cancer may also be eligible for program services if they meet Sage’s 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. Outreach is focused on never or rarely-screened women, as well as to populations of color where our program has a focus on addressing disparities, inequities, and improving outcomes. Patient data is tracked and used by Sage to help reduce a patients’ 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
Project Title: Healthy Meals for Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families
Grant Award: $60,000.00
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. Open Arms’ meal preparation and delivery service reduces those barriers for our 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.
Project Title: Pay It Forward Fund
Grant Award: $40,000.00
Breast cancer treatment is challenging physically, emotionally & financially. Since 2005, Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) has assisted local patients by paying to $1,500 (max) in essential living expenses (housing, utilities, transportation, phone, food, & medical) to reduce stress in individuals who are struggling financially during breast cancer treatment. Providers & social workers refer applicants from 14 treatment centers. From Oct 1, 2017 thru Sep 30, 2018, PIFF paid $355,650 in bills to assist 266 recipients. They expect these numbers to increase in 2019, as they have in each of our 13 previous years. To date, PIFF has paid nearly $2.5 million to support 2135 individuals. In short- & long-term surveys, recipients confirm (median ratings +6 out of 7) that PIFF awards reduce their immediate financial, personal, & household stress during treatment. A year after treatment, >50% of former recipients assert gratitude for the PIFF support & its positive impact on their recovery.
Susan G. Komen National Headquarters: Annual payment for funding of breast cancer research only: $200,000.00
TOTAL AWARDED $700,038.00