Through events like the Susan G. Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure® and the support of our friends, family and neighbors across the State, Komen Hawaii has funded, through the Community Grants program, over $4.2 million to local organizations that serve the women and men of Hawaii with lifesaving breast health education, breast cancer screening, treatment and support services for those who have survived breast cancer and those who are living with the disease.
Our annual Community Grants application process ensures the impartial allocation of funds to qualified organizations in Hawaii for programs seeking to provide screening, diagnostic and/or treatment services. Additionally, Small Grants applications are accepted throughout the year to support educational/outreach programs, travel/conference projects and/or capacity building projects.
Our 2017-2018 recipients received nearly $200,000 in grants.
This year’s Susan G. Komen Community Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Castle’s Breast Health Patient Navigation and Wellness Program aims to decrease the incidence of late stage breast cancer detection by addressing barriers to access for mammography services, follow-up diagnostic workups and breast health education to underinsured and/or uninsured women of Windward Oahu. Timely follow-up, from diagnosis to treatment, is supported with project collaboration between Castle Imaging Services Mammography Program, Wellness and Lifestyle Medical Center and the Castle Physician Network.
Kalihi-Palama Health Center Breast Screening Program is a pioneer in innovative methods to reach ethnically diverse women with breast cancer screening and education. Women’s “health parties” and clinics, for those who are not amenable to standard guidelines for breast health outreach, are informed in ways that are culturally appropriate to the patient population resulting in enthusiastic participation to group visits for screening, transportation provisions, interpretation services and patient navigation made possible through the project.
Kokua Kalihi Valley’s Breast Health and Healthy Lifestyle Choices for the Women Of Kalihi increases the awareness, prevention and early detection of breast cancer by facilitating access to screening and diagnostic services, as well as an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices, among the underserved Samoan, Micronesian and Filipina women of Kalihi and by providing linguistic and culturally appropriate breast health education utilizing bi-cultural staff in culturally appropriate settings through collaboration with community based organizations.
Lanai Community Health Center Breast Care Program’s community based outreach increases the number of screenings, knowledge of breast cancer risk factors and breast screening guidelines with expanded outreach to workplaces and churches. A focus on those facing socio-economic or travel barriers to screening for diagnostics or treatments is central to the program push for a reduction in breast cancer death rates. Cultural competency in patient screening, utilizing translated material, is used to enhance effectiveness in determining the need for integrated behavioral health services to guide patients toward making healthy lifestyle changes or dealing with breast health issues.
Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Breast Cancer Screening Program focuses on preventing the dangers of late stage diagnosis by increasing access to screening and providing much needed assistance for diagnostics; such as breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, for uninsured and under insured women on Maui with a focus on the Native Hawaiian and Hispanic populations who do not qualify for other forms of assistance to access these procedures both on the island of Maui and off island.
Waimanalo Health Center’s Malama I Ke Ola O Na Wahine project, utilizes a Community Outreach Education Worker to increase breast health screenings and breast cancer early detection. With an emphasis on Native Hawaiians, Asian and Pacific Islanders, the medically underserved and the immigrant populations of Waimanalo, culturally competent assessments and assistance help to remove barriers to screenings, diagnostics and treatment. Presentations at venues frequented and or underserved by the communities’ unique populations such as hula halau, canoe clubs, Kupuna housing and the Women’s Correctional Facility expand the scope of the outreach.
About Susan G. Komen and Komen Hawaii
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 Hawaii is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancers in the local community. Through events like the Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure®, Komen Hawaii has invested $4,237,487.00 in community breast health programs Hawaii and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.
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