The Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is pleased to announce our April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013 Community Health Program Grant Recipients. For the first time since the Affiliate’s inception, $1.2 million dollars was awarded to breast health programs in the Greater Cincinnati area to aid in the early detection of and fight against breast cancer. For a complete listing of our 2012-2013 Community Health Program Grantees, click here.
For more information about the Komen Greater Cincinnati Community Health Programs, please contact:
Amy Weber, PhD(c), CPP, CHES
Community Health Programs Manager
522 Cincinnati Mills Dr., Suite B248, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
513-671-9100, Ext. 205
The Emergency Aid Program for Breast Cancer Survivors will supplement a currently existing program that offers financial assistance to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The existing program that offers these financial funds for qualifying women in treatment are limited in dollar amount and to the state of Ohio. These supplemental dollars offered by the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® expands the financial assistance and service offerings to women undergoing breast cancer treatment in the Northern Kentucky and the Southeastern Indiana areas. These funds will not only increase the number of women served, but will also increase the amount of one-time financial assistance that a woman in treatment is eligible for. Increasing from last year, it is anticipated that these emergency funds will impact the lives of approximately 200 women and families in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Ohio is home to the world’s largest Amish settlement, where breast cancer mortality remains high, possibly due in part to late stage diagnoses and lack of breast health education. In addition to one large settlement, several other Amish and Mennonite settlements are scattered throughout Ohio in rural communities where access to screening services is often unavailable. Project Hoffnung (Hope) was developed to meet two goals: to provide education about breast health, and to link women with breast cancer screening services. By establishing community-based screening and education programs in Adams, Highland, and Switzerland Counties, we hope to reach 120 Amish and Mennonite women. The proposed program aims to use the foundation of trust we currently have established over 14 years within the communities and to combine a sound process and impact evaluation plan with strong community-based partnerships from the Amish and Mennonite settlements. This proposed initiative represents an ideal collaboration between agency-based and community-led organizations in order to maximize resources and disseminate breast health services more widely in this under served community.
To continue the work of the Breast Center’s full-time, dedicated Nurse Navigator/FNP. The Nurse Navigator/FNP is essential for the provision of comprehensive coordination of care encompassing advanced diagnostic, treatment and/or reconstructive procedures for clients with an abnormal screening or abnormal screening/diagnostic mammograms. The Navigator/FNP also provides education, reference and support for clients, families and the public. Special emphasis is placed on assisting underserved women. Key activities of Nurse Navigator/FNP: * facilitate diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and reconstructive procedures * act as a liaison between client and physician/care provider * coordinate/encourage post-diagnosis follow-up and related services * provide education/support for client/family * provide community education and serve as an advocate Evaluation is based on number of clients served and the number of services provided. Clients will be asked to complete a satisfaction survey. The Nurse Navigator/FNP will ensure that clients receive timely and appropriate advanced clinical care, related follow-up and social services to help facilitate the best possible patient outcomes.
St. Elizabeth will help eliminate financial and access barriers to breast health care for under- and un-insured women in fourteen counties of the Komen Cincinnati Affiliate area by providing education, no-cost screening mammograms, clinical breast exams and any needed follow up such as diagnostic mammograms and/or breast ultrasounds. Co-payments and/or out of pocket expenses will also be paid for those women who have greater financial barriers to appropriate breast health care. We will accomplish this goal by promoting these services and attending breast health screening events throughout the fourteen county areas. Program success will be measured by the number of educational encounters, no-cost screening mammograms performed and diagnostic imaging provided. St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Screening Mammography for Uninsured/Underinsured Indigent Women Program will reach approximately 1,645 women in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren counties in Ohio, Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton counties in Kentucky, and Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties in Southeast Indiana.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of death among Hispanic and African-American women. Nationally more Caucasian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, but Hispanic and other ethnic minority women are more likely to die from the disease. Because breast cancer cannot be prevented, the greatest defense against fatalities is early detection through education and access to mammograms. The YWCA Hispanic and Minority Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) markets, implements, and provides mammograms for women in these underserved communities. The Hispanic and Minority BHOP provide education and on-site registration for women in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Hispanic and Minority BHOP coordinate and promote with local mammography providers sites specifically targeted to ethnic minority women. The Hispanic and Minority BHOP also assist minority women with financial questions, as well as guidance on the entire process. Women in need of financial assistance will be enrolled in funding programs. Further, the YWCA Hispanic and Minority BHOP provides educational outreach in the community.
The mission of Cancer Family Care (CFC) is to strengthen the well-being and alleviate the suffering of children, adults, and families coping with cancer. Cancer touches every life in a family that is battling the disease, and CFC helps fill in the gaps and provide essential programs not offered through medical treatment while being a force of compassion and strength in the face of cancer-related illness. CFC is proud to offer services to those suffering with breast cancer, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. Our programs help breast cancer patients and their families cope with the psychosocial distress, anxiety, and depression associated with their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Key activities include providing patients and family members who are unable to afford services with counseling (in either the home or school setting), and providing patients with free information and support via CFC’s Coping Connection telephone hotline. These programs are evaluated regularly using process and impact evaluation measures to ensure delivery methods are working. Our counseling and information programs have a positive, meaningful impact in participants’ lives.
In an effort to increase the number of women that have access to early screening, early detection, and diagnostic services in their own area, the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has partnered with a number of providers within the Greater Cincinnati and Greater Dayton areas to provide screening and diagnostic mammography services to uninsured or underinsured women in their areas. As determined by the Komen Greater Cincinnati’s biennial needs assessment, the areas selected were counties that illustrated low access to breast health services and a high need for such services. For a complete listing of counties targeted for this project and the providers partnering with Komen Greater Cincinnati in this community effort, please contact our office. Current providers of no-cost screening and diagnostic mammography services for under- or uninsured women currently include: Adams County Medical Foundation, Inc., Highland Joint Township District Hospital Foundation, Kettering Breast Health Evaluation Clinic, Mercy Health- Anderson, Premier Community Health, and Southwest Regional Medical Center.
The purpose of the Southeastern Indiana Breast Cancer Safety Net and Pink Day Projects are to provide funding for uninsured and underinsured women who are medically appropriate to have annual digital screening mammograms and when clinically indicated, to have diagnostic follow-up in the form of a digital diagnostic mammogram and/or a diagnostic breast ultrasound. Key activities include: • Perform screening mammography and diagnostic mammography/diagnostic ultrasound when clinically indicated • Coordinate follow-up care and/or treatment as appropriate with the Breast Care Center Nurse Navigator/FNP • Assess and mitigate barriers to care and treatment • Establish and maintain a network of referral sources for the Safety Net and Pink Days projects Compile and evaluate number of clients being served in each modality and the number of breast cancers detected. The goal is to provide underserved women with greater access to screening mammography and when indicated, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound and follow-up care, so that breast cancer can be detected and treated early.
The purpose of our breast cancer program, Stronger Community Connections, is to provide timely, research-based psychosocial support services to women throughout the stages (including pre-stages and survivorship) of breast cancer. The program’s key activities include weekly support groups for newly-diagnosed women and monthly networking groups – two of which serve “survivors” and the other serving women with advanced breast cancer. Other weekly programming includes Healthy Steps: Lebed Method classes, another light-exercise class - Rebuilding Health, and Open to Options one-on-one counseling sessions for individual women. For 2012, we are also offering three new initiatives that are based on research regarding breast cancer patients’ negative body image and related issues. These new offerings include a monthly networking group that targets single women, as these women do not have the support of a spouse or partner, and two quarterly workshops that reflect current research regarding cancer and its impact on intimacy. Serving approximately 250 women, Stronger Community Connections’ impact will be measured by both a process and an impact evaluation. Based on past results, we anticipate 75% of participants will experience decreased stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
The purpose is to provide diagnostic breast health services for women with financial need who do not qualify for other assistance programs. The program provides a ―safety net for low and moderate income newly-screened women in order to remove the financial barrier that keeps them from seeking follow-up and/or treatment. A nurse navigator will promote the program among referring organizations and help women receive timely follow-up procedures such as diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. The likely impact will be timely scheduling of follow-up procedures and an increased number of early stage diagnosed cancers in a timely fashion. There is no comparable program for women who are underinsured or whose incomes are up to 300% of the poverty guidelines.
The Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital manages a diverse patient population, including challenging patients with limited resources, low literacy, and little support. Komen support will assist the role of Breast Health Navigator, a position cited by the Institute of Medicine as key to the completion of care for this patient population. The project would also help to fund costs of educational materials and assist with patient transportation issues—a barrier to visits and treatment. The Breast Health Navigator contacts the patient after the breast cancer diagnosis. She guides the patient through the maze of multiple disciplines and different treatment options. She teaches, provides support, but coordinates with social workers, support groups and others as indicated. Her knowledge of the patient’s treatment plan comes from her participation and coordination of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference/Tumor Board that meets weekly. Health care providers involve her with greater frequency in the care of their more challenging patients as they realize her value in helping the patient complete therapy, reduce skipped visits, and reduce barriers to treatment completion.