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 2018-2019 recipients received over $200,000 in new grants.
This year’s Susan G. Komen Community Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Castle Medical Center
• Castle’s Reducing Barriers to Breast Health Services for Underserved/Uninsured Women 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 through patient navigation and project collaboration between Castle Imaging Services Mammography Program, Wellness and Lifestyle Medical Center and the Castle Physician Network.
Kalihi–Palama Health Center
• Kalihi-Palama Health Center Breast Screening Program is a pioneer in innovative methods to reach high risk, ethnically diverse women with breast health education and breast cancer screenings. Tailored “Women’s Health Parties” and “Women’s Health Clinics”; for those who are not amenable to standard guidelines for breast health outreach, create enthusiastic participation and response to a program of communal and culturally appropriate approaches including group visits for screening, transportation provisions, language services and patient navigation.
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
• Kokua Kalihi Valley Removing Barriers to Breast Health for the Women of Kalihi targets women from demographic groups with higher rates of late stage breast cancer diagnosis and who are at higher risk of breast cancer incidence and mortality among the underserved and low income populations in the community. Samoan, Micronesian and Filipina women of Kalihi are provided linguistic and culturally appropriate breast health education and system navigation services utilizing multi-cultural staff in culturally appropriate settings in collaboration with community based organizations.
Lanai Community Health Center
• Lanai Community Health Center Breast Care Program targets those facing travel and other socio-economic barriers to screenings, diagnostics or treatments as central to the program push for a reduction in breast cancer death rates. Cultural competency, in breast health education and patient screening services through the use of translated materials and multi-lingual staff, is used to identify the appropriate integrated behavioral health services required to assist with guiding patients toward healthy lifestyle choices or in dealing with breast health issues.
Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
• Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Breast Cancer Screening Program focuses on preventing the dangers of late stage diagnosis and increasing access to screening by providing much needed financial assistance for diagnostics such as mammography, breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, if recommended, for uninsured and under insured women on Maui. Higher at risk Hispanic women, who tend to be diagnosed with late stage cancer, are targets for eliminating financial, language or other barriers for screening and diagnosis to increase early detection and reduce breast cancer death rates in this prominent ethnic group served by the foundation’s program.
Waimanalo Health Center
• Waimanalo Health Center’s Malama I Ke Ola O Na Wahine project will provide educational outreach focusing on breast self-awareness, screenings and maintaining of a healthy lifestyle among women and men encumbered and or inhibited to accessing services due to cultural insensitivity or language barriers. At risk populations not likely to receive timely breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and treatment services are also provided with no cost or low cost clinical services, diagnostic co-pays and transportation assistance for services not available in the community.
“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in Hawaii both on the ground and through research,” said Amanda Stevens, Executive Director. Data from the Komen Hawaii 2015 Community Profile indicates an overall breast cancer death rate, in the Komen Hawaii service area, that is lower than that observed in the US as a whole at 16.4% with a death rate trend similar to the US as a whole at 1.8%.
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. For more information, call 808-754-6659 or visit www.komenhawaii.org.