Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Announces $4.5 Million for Area Programs
Single Largest Investment for Washington, D.C. Area Breast Health Programs in Local Race's History
Announcement Comes as Organization Kicks Off Registration for
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 2, 2011 – At a news conference today to kick-off registration season for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® in Washington, D.C., leaders from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced a new $4.5 million investment in breast health education and outreach programs – the largest single-year investment in the history of the local event. A full listing of this year’s grantees is included below.
“The big impact we will be able to make on breast health with this investment is a bold statement from our community that we remain united behind our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Prior to last year’s Komen Global Race for the Cure, the organization unveiled an analysis of the state of breast health in the National Capital Area. The study found that women diagnosed with breast cancer in this area are still more likely to die from the disease than the national average, despite increased awareness about the disease. The organization concluded that women in the area need a more comprehensive understanding of the disease, including how it’s discovered and treated. The report also found that the region’s overly fragmented health care system produces substantial barriers to accessing care for major segments of the population.
“We found that our efforts over the past two decades have significantly increased awareness of breast cancer and have helped increase access to potentially life-saving screening and treatment, yet it is time to take these efforts to the next level,” said Brinker. “This report was a call to action – we need to build on the awareness we’ve created to develop a better understanding of the disease.”
The report found that many women simply don’t know what they should do about their breast health; are afraid of screening or face economic and transportation barriers that keep them from seeking help. For example, many women in the National Capital Area, who come from very diverse backgrounds – 128 countries, speaking 95 languages in Arlington alone – don’t know about what resources are available to them, don’t understand the benefits of early detection or the urgency of follow-up tests, and aren’t aware of the success of modern cancer treatments – often thinking cancer screening is painful and a positive diagnosis is a death sentence. Others fear that accessing screening programs for the uninsured could lead to issues with immigration.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure used the study to establish new priorities for its local funding, beginning with the grants announced today. Based on its findings, Komen will invest about $2.5 million to improve both patient and provider education and nearly $2 million to reduce fragmentation in the system in order to enhance the system’s capacity to screen and provide follow-up care. More specifically:
The newly announced grants slate was made possible in large part to funds generated by last year’s Komen Global Race which attracted more than 42,000 people to the National Mall. Susan G. Komen for the Cure hopes this year’s Race will surpass last year’s participation so that the organization can continue to increase its impact.
Three out of every four dollars generated by the Race will stay in the D.C. area to continue to address these important issues. The remaining funds go to support the organizations efforts to address breast cancer incidence and mortality outside the United States.
For more information on the Komen Global Race for the Cure, including how to register, visit www.globalraceforthecure.org or call 703-416-RACE (7223).
Komen for the Cure announced a combined $4.5 million in community grants to the following groups in the Washington, D.C. area, largely from proceeds generated by the 2010 Global Race for the Cure.
Washington Cancer Institute – Provider Education in Cultural Competency Skills
Mautner Project – Tools for Caring: Action for LBT Breast Health
Vietnamese Resettlement Association – Breast Cancer Education, Screening and Follow up
Nueva Vida – Comprehensive Support Services for Latinas with Breast Cancer
Capital Breast Care Center – Public Education to Prevent Breast Cancer
American Association on Health and Disability – Bridging the Gap: No Woman Left Behind
Prince George’s County Health Department – Maryland Expanded Services Program
Arlington Free Clinic – From Education to Access
Georgetown University Hospital – Continuum of Breast Care Project
CASA de Maryland – Latino Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Prevent Cancer Foundation – Celebremos la vida!: Providing Educational Outreach and Screening
Mary’s Center – Mary’s Center Breast Health
Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington – The Breast Cancer Campaign for Asian
Providence Health Foundation – Komen Accelerating Breast Cancer Diagnosis Project
Adventist HealthCare – Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program
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