The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation for their program Navigating Underserved Women to Better Breast Health. This program provides outreach and education to women, as well as access to breast health services, including screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasounds, and treatment regardless of patient financial constraints.
“We are so pleased to be able to carry on the lifesaving work that this grant allows us to do,” said Paula Jacobson, president of the Methodist Foundation. “This grant helps us build on the work we began with a previous grant from Komen to fund breast screening and diagnostic testing for underserved women in Memphis. This project is critically important in a city like Memphis, where a recent study shows that African American women are twice as likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Our work in Phase I and II of Komen funding shows that, via our Congregational Health Network and the work of our women’s health navigator, Carole Dickens, we have been able to penetrate the zip codes where most African-American women are dying unnecessarily of breast cancer; this should ultimately turn the needle on disparity in those deaths.”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate is one of 119 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.
“With Memphis being one of the most impoverished metropolitan cities in the nation and women the most likely to be living in poverty, there is a great need to bridge the healthcare gap as it relates to breast health options locally,” explains Elaine Hare, Executive Director of the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “The grant recipients selected this year will provide breast health services for thousands of women in our 21 county service area. We are only able to do this great work because of the funds we raise due to the tremendous community support we receive each year at the Race for the Cure.”
Pictured: Carole Dickens, Congregational Health Network Navigator