Komen Idaho Montana Announces $120,000 in Grant Funding

IDAHO MONTANA AFFILIATE OF SUSAN G. KOMEN® AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR CRITICAL BREAST CANCER SCREENING, DIAGNOSTICS, AND PATIENT ASSISTANCE

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen proudly announces the 2017/2018 Community Grant slate.  Grants totaling $120,000 have been awarded to 16 programs within Idaho and Montana.  “To meet the needs of our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses screening and diagnostic services and patient assistance,” said Jodi Weak, Executive Director of the Idaho Montana Affiliate.

The Community Grant slate includes:

Barrett Hospital Foundation –

Southwest Montana Mammography Program, $4,700

Offering every uninsured woman age 50 or younger, breast-health services such as 3-D screening mammograms, which may be cost-prohibitive.

Community Cancer Services

Enriched Recovery Program for Breast Cancer Survivors, $3,000

Assisting people who lack health insurance or otherwise have inadequate access to cancer care services by providing financial support and advocacy to help clients and their families.

Glenns Ferry Health Center, Inc

Journey to Breast Health, $3,000

Ensuring low-income, uninsured women requiring a mammogram can obtain one free of charge.

Kootenai Health

Breast Imaging Support Program, $5,000

Providing funds for underserved, uninsured or underinsured men and women in need of lifesaving screening and diagnostic mammography services.

Breast Cancer Patient Support Program, $3,000

Providing funds to help with essential living expenses and treatment support including child care, gas, groceries, transportation, medications, rent, medical equipment and supplies, and nutritional support.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Minidoka County’s 1st defense Against Breast Cancer, $12,000

Providing free mammogram services for underserved, culturally diverse and limited English speaking women.

North Canyon Medical Center

Rural Care to Low to Middle Income Women, $5,000

Providing free mammogram and diagnostic service to women who cannot afford them, with the intention of reducing the number of late stage breast cancers and promoting breast health awareness in their region.

Pocatello Free Clinic

Pocatello Free Clinic Healthy Breast Initiative, $3,000

Improve access to quality care in the Southeast Idaho area for uninsured and under-insured women by reducing financial barriers that hinder access to care.

Panhandle Health District

Screening and Education for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer, $5,000

Providing a clinical breast exam, appointment, and voucher for mammography and/or ultrasound to low income, uninsured residents of North Idaho.

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center

Diagnostic and Support Access for the Underserved, $24,000

Providing low-income patients access to breast cancer diagnostic imaging procedures. Supporting financially disadvantages patients living with a breast cancer diagnosis to fulfill basic needs for housing and other living essentials, maintain adequate nutrition, preserve communication with medical teams and support networks, access treatment centers, and obtain supplies necessary for rehabilitation.

St. Luke Community Healthcare Foundation

Supporting Breast Health for Native & Uninsured Women of the Flathead Reservation, $5,700

Increasing the number of Native and low-income women receiving screening and diagnostic mammography services. Cited barriers to care include transportation, cost/no insurance, and scheduling difficulties.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation

Treasure Chest Project, $4,000

Providing financial support to relieve some of the stress and burden cancer treatment causes patients and families. When we are able to relieve some of the financial burden, the breast cancer patient and their family can focus on understanding their treatment and expending energy on getting well and moving on to survivorship.

St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Breast Care Services

St. Luke’s Breast Care Financial Assistance Program 2016, $24,000

Providing a full-spectrum of services including screening, diagnostics, surgery, treatment, education and navigation, reconstruction and survivorship. Providing a financial resource to patients thus reducing the financial barrier to care patients have as an obstacle for wellness and health.

St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute

Concrete Needs During Breast Cancer Treatment, $6,000

Increase financial support for low-income persons undergoing breast cancer treatment.

St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation

St. Vincent Healthcare Mobile Digital Mammography Program, $7,600

Program to increase the number of underserved patients who receive digital mammograms in central and eastern Montana, with priority given to American Indian and rural women.

Terry Reilly Health Services

Terry Reilly Screening Ada Canyon Owyhee, $5,000

Providing breast cancer screening mammography vouchers to low-income, medically underserved women.

 

The Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate is one of 94 Komen Affiliates worldwide – all pledging to relieve suffering from the disease and to end breast cancer forever. Through local events and activities, the Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate mobilizes and educates thousands of community members while raising funds to support community-based breast cancer programs.

In order to ensure it is funding programs addressing the specific unmet breast cancer needs of the community, the Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate works with local health care professionals and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment. This community profile, a standard practice of all Komen Affiliates, is then used to establish a local grant application and review process consistent with the organization’s standards and mission.

For more information on the specific grants awarded, visit www.komenidahomontana.org.

Last year, Susan G. Komen Affiliates—working in concert with local organizations—awarded more than $93 million in needs-based community grants. That’s in addition to the 25 percent of their income Affiliates contribute toward the many millions of dollars the organization invests each year in promising research.

About Susan G. Komen® and the Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Idaho Montana working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Boise, Helena, Coeur d’Alene, and Pocatello Race for the Cure®, Komen Idaho Montana has invested over $7 million in community breast health programs in Idaho and Montana and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 208-384-0013 or 877-665-9088 or visit www.komenidahomontana.org.