- $6,471 of the funding will focus on community needs through multifaceted, bilingual education and awareness efforts. Promise providers will educate every woman between the ages of 40-65 during their well-woman visits about breast health, emphasize the importance of annual mammograms and provide clinical breast exams. Trained interpreters will be used to reach Spanish-speaking patients. Community outreach events will be organized with the assistance of partner organizations in Sioux, Lyon and O’Brien countries to encourage women to receive preventative care and to make them aware of the free mammograms and other services available. Promise also will reach out to large employers in each of those counties.
- $37,780 of the funding will be used to remove financial barriers that women face for receiving lifesaving breast cancer screenings. For women who do not have insurance coverage or are underinsured, Promise will be able to schedule up to 65 free annual mammograms and up to 19 free follow-up diagnostic services for those with abnormal screening results or breast cancer symptoms. Promise is partnering with Sioux Center Health and Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera of Rock Valley as the locations for those screenings. Promise also will address transportation barriers through arranging for rides for patients who need it or by offering gas gift cards.
Promise has been awarded nearly $200,000 over seven years through the Komen grant
program. In the first six years, about 350 women have received free mammograms. If not for the grant, many of them likely would not have been served due to cost.
“It has been a joy to be a part of the Komen grant program for the past few years,” Tuschen said. “Promise has continued to develop and fine-tune both the internal processes and the external outreach programs every year. Each year, we re-evaluate our goals and increase our numbers to push our outreach measures and patient numbers. Our goal for the Komen grant is reach as many women as possible and increase their access to proper breast health.”
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 Greater Iowa is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. For more information, call 877-745-6636 or visit www.komengreateriowa.org.
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