Komen Columbus Invests $1.25 Million in 11 Community Programs

(COLUMBUS, OH) – Susan G. Komen® Columbus today announced it will invest more than $1.2 million in 11 programs throughout the 30-county Komen Columbus service area.

“Breast cancer mortality rates are higher in Ohio than almost anywhere else in the country,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “The investment in these programs will help women from early screening through continuing care. In particular, these programs will help women in underserved communities where already tight resources are in danger of further state and federal budget cuts.”

This year’s programs create pathways of outreach, care and support for patients in an innovative new model, with three focuses:

  • Screening Navigation Programs educate women about risk and how to access care through their insurance. These programs also address any barriers, including cost for the uninsured, or other barriers like transportation.
  • Continuum of Care Navigation Programs help families navigate the healthcare system to get screenings.  Should an abnormal screening occur, these programs offer needed support to make critical decisions and get the highest quality care. This care includes overcoming barriers ranging from high out-of-pocket costs to transportation to psychosocial support.
  • Mobile Mammography increases availability of mobile mammography in rural-Appalachian communities to increase access to screening and early detection.

“The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville is proud to partner with Komen Columbus to ensure vulnerable women in southeast Ohio have improved access to screening, increasing the rate of early detection and reducing late-stage breast cancer diagnoses,” said Susan Beaudry, director of programs, Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.

Komen Columbus’ recent investment in innovative community programs aligns with Susan G. Komen’s® Bold Goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

McMahon believes the $1.2 million investment will make sure all women in the affiliate’s service area has access to the rapidly improving treatments and care available. Komen Columbus’ health equity initiatives include the Southeastern Ohio Initiative and African American Initiative with several programs funded under both. It will drive research in finding improved therapies for the deadliest forms of breast cancer, including metastatic and triple negative breast cancer.

2017-2018 Susan G. Komen® Columbus Community Partners

Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education: The Rural Pathways Project

OhioHealth Foundation: Community Health Resource Center Pink Pathways Program

Ohio University Healthy Adult Project: Breast Education Screening & Navigation Program

The Ohio State University Breast Health Connection

Community Mercy Foundation: No Excuses Mammography

LifeCare Alliance: Yes Mamm

Mount Carmel Health System Foundation: Collaborating through the Continuum of Care

Southern Ohio Medical Center: Hands of Hope

The Ohio State University Way Finder Breast Health Navigation Program

Vinton County Health Department: Vinton County Breast Education and Awareness Program (BEAP)

OhioHealth Foundation Mobile Mammography Unit


About Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville (OHFN) supports programs and services to improve health and quality of life in southeastern Ohio. To fulfill this mission, OHFN proactively pursues partnerships to advance innovative solutions that demonstrate positive, long-term impact for vulnerable populations, measurable outcomes and sustainability. Since 1999, OHFN has invested over $9 million in the southeast Ohio region. For more information about the Foundation visit www.osteopathicheritage.org or call (614) 737-4370.  Connect with us on Facebook.