Komen Idaho Montana Announces 2018-19 Community Grants


 BOISE, ID – The Idaho Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen proudly announces its 2018-19 community grants. Grants totaling $95,000 have been awarded to 13 programs within Idaho and Montana. Jodi Weak, Executive Director of the Idaho Montana Affiliate, explained, “Together with these outstanding providers, we are addressing critical needs and gaps in our communities, such as at-risk women who can’t afford mammograms, and breast cancer patients who need financial assistance.”

Susan G. Komen has set a goal of reducing breast cancer deaths 50% in the U.S. by 2026. Currently, more than 40,000 U.S. women die annually from breast cancer, including hundreds in Idaho and Montana.

Komen Idaho Montana has awarded grants to the following programs for 2018-19:

Barrett Hospital Foundation –
Southwest Montana Mammography Program, $4,000
Offering every uninsured woman age 50 or younger, breast-health services such as 3-D screening mammograms.

Desert Sage Health Centers
Breast Care, $4,000
Ensuring high risk, low-income, uninsured women requiring a mammogram can obtain one free of charge.

Kootenai Health
Breast Cancer Patient Support Program, $5,000
Providing funds to help with essential living expenses and treatment support including child care, gas, groceries, transportation, medications, rent, medical supplies, and nutritional support.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Minidoka County’s 1st Defense Against Breast Cancer, $6,000
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, $4,000
Providing free mammogram and diagnostic service to women who cannot afford them, with the intention of reducing the number of late stage breast cancers.

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 Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Elimination of Access Barriers to Screening & Diagnostics, $12,500
Providing no-cost digital mammography and clinical breast exams to low-income and under-insured patients, including rural underserved patients.

St. Luke Community Healthcare Foundation
Supporting Breast Health for Native & Uninsured Women of the Flathead Reservation, $6,000
Increasing the number of Native and low-income women receiving screening and diagnostic mammography services. 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 getting well and moving on to survivorship.

St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Breast Care Services
Breast Care Financial Assistance Program 2018, $25,000
Providing screening and diagnostics mammography services for women in need.

St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute
Concrete Needs During Breast Cancer Treatment, $5,000
Financial support for low-income persons undergoing breast cancer treatment.

St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation
Mobile Digital Mammography Program, $7,000
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, $7,500
Providing breast cancer screening mammography vouchers to low-income, medically underserved women.

About Komen Idaho Montana

The Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate is one of 73 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.

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.

Komen Idaho Montana is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Boise, Missoula, and Coeur d’Alene Race for the Cure®, Komen Idaho Montana has invested over $7 million in community breast health programs in Idaho and Montana and has contributed more than $2.4 million to research.

About Susan G. Komen®

Since its founding in 1982, Susan G. Komen has touched many advances in breast cancer research while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Beginning with a single grant for $28,000 in 1982, Komen has now invested more than $956 million in research, making Komen the largest nonprofit source of breast cancer research funding outside of the U.S. government.

Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

 For more information, call 208-384-0013 or 877-665-9088 or visit www.komenidahomontana.org.