Susan G. Komen® Columbus to Provide $750,000 in Community Grants to Improve Health Care and Save Lives

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April 5, 2018                                                                            Sarah Irvin Clark (614) 296-4057

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Susan G. Komen® Columbus to Provide $750,000 in Community Grants to Improve Health Care and Save Lives

Since 1993, Komen Columbus has invested more than $33 million to support local breast health programs and breast cancer research

(COLUMBUS, OH) – Susan G. Komen® Columbus today announced it will invest more than $750,000 in eight 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 two 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.

“The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville is proud to partner with Komen Columbus to support organizations developing a patient navigation model to improve access, quality and timeliness of care throughout the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer,” 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 $750,000 investment will ensure all women in the affiliate’s service area have access to the rapidly improving treatments and care available, including women in Southeast Ohio and African American women in Franklin County, two groups that face a high breast cancer disparity.

2018-2019 Susan G. Komen® Columbus Community Partners

OhioHealth Foundation: OhioHealth Pink Pathways Program

The Pink Pathways Program aims to connect 1,500 high-risk women with barriers to accessing care to screening and diagnostic services through the work community health workers (CHWs), educational programs, a telephone hotline service dedicated to linking women to existing breast cancer screening programs and mobile mammography outreach. As women progress through the screening pathway to diagnosis and treatment, OhioHealth’s cancer care family of patient navigators will collaborate with the program’s skilled CHWs to ensure that the most culturally competent and compassionate care is provided to the program’s patients.

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

OU-CHP will strive to serve 946 individuals by increasing access to breast health services and will aid in early detection of breast cancer in S.E. Ohio. The target population is underserved women living in the Appalachian Ohio counties of Athens, Fairfield, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington. As a fiscal agent for individuals seen by healthcare systems, this program will provide resources for underserved women by increasing access to services to decrease late stage breast cancer diagnosis. Services include clinical breast exams, referrals and vouchers for screening mammograms, diagnostics and transportation, patient navigation & breast health education.

The Ohio State University Breast Health Connection

The Breast Health Connection (BHC): Addressing Barriers in Appalachia Ohio Project will reduce logistical and structural barriers to entering the continuum of care and adhering to appropriate follow-up care for breast health among women in 13 Appalachian Ohio counties. The BHC project will: 1) conduct breast health education using Community Health Workers (CHWs) for at least 240 women; 2) provide an 800 number for women to obtain information about local breast cancer screening programs and facilities; 3) provide access to mobile mammography screening events for at least 800 women in thirteen counties; and 4) support patient navigation throughout the continuum of care including screening services, follow-up of abnormalities, and treatment.

Mercy Health Foundation Clark and Champaign Counties: No Excuses Mammography

Mercy Health Springfield serves Clark and Champaign Counties and surrounding areas.  Approximately 15% of the population lack medical insurance.  No Excuses expects 630 women will complete a screening pathway. Pathways include one-on-one education, barriers assessment, referrals, and screening mammograms or diagnostic procedures.  No Excuses expects 70 women will need charitable funds to cover their screening mammogram.

LifeCare Alliance: Yes Mamm

The purpose of Yes Mamm! is to increase breast health awareness to women age 40 or older in central Ohio. The CCC provides mammograms at its on-site location using a new, state-of-the-art digital mammography machine. The expected community change is a reduction in the breast cancer mortality rate, especially in high-risk populations such as African American women and women living in the zip codes identified as most at-risk by Susan G. Komen Columbus. Yes Mamm! removes barriers these women face, such as financial, linguistic, or transportation challenges.

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

Heart of Ohio Family Center and Mount Carmel Health System will collaborate in guiding patients through and around barriers in the complex, cancer care system to help ensure early diagnosis and treatment. Navigators will serve as liaisons between the patients and health/social services to facilitate access and improve the quality of services delivered. This collaboration will navigate 750 minority and/or underserved women to breast cancer screening using the Pathways Model, Patient Navigators, and education that is culturally/linguistically/literacy level appropriate. We will focus on eliminating barriers that keep clients from entering the continuum of care.

Southern Ohio Medical Center: Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope will serve at least 125 women in Scioto, Pike, and Lawrence Counties, help provide 10 community and worksite screenings, and assist with the salary of a clinical patient navigator who assists patients along the continuum of care. The program will address identified patient financial barriers to treatment such as transportation. In Southern Ohio, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Southern Ohio Medical Center hopes to have a profound effect on the area’s breast cancer rate through the Hands of Hope project by reaching out to women with identified breast health issues.

The Ohio State University:  Wayfinder Patient Navigation Program

The Wayfinder Patient Navigation program aims to address the disparity in breast cancer within African American and underserved women especially those on Medicaid and New American populations using a combination of lay Helpers (Community Health Workers and Patient Navigators) and breast care resources.  Community Health Workers assess screening needs/barriers to connect women to mammography screening. The Patient Navigator addresses barriers to diagnostic care, treatment, provides psychosocial support, and survivorship resources.  We will serve at least 800 women through Wayfinder providing outreach and screening pathways; paying for mammograms and diagnostic tests, as needed; referring to screening payment resources; and navigating women through the continuum of care.

About Susan G. Komen® Columbus

Komen Columbus has invested more than $33 million since it began in 1993. Komen is the only breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts through community outreach, research, and advocacy. Komen Columbus collaborates with community partners to fund education to the many women still unaware of their risk for breast cancer, screening to many uninsured and underinsured and support those diagnosed and undergoing treatment. Susan G. Komen has invested more than $13.5 million in breast cancer research in Ohio and $889 million in global research. For more information, visit or call (614) 297-8155. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville (the Foundation) supports programs and services to improve health and quality of life in southeastern Ohio. To advance this mission, the Foundation proactively pursues partnerships to advance innovative solutions that demonstrate positive, long-term impact for vulnerable populations, measurable outcomes and sustainability. Since 1998, the Foundation has invested over $10 million in the southeastern Ohio region. For more information about the Foundation visit  Connect with us on Facebook.