July 19, 2016 by Tammy Howell
Last April, Susan G. Komen® Arizona awarded a $150,000 grant to North Country HealthCare’s Well Woman HealthCheck program (WWHP) to help fulfill Susan G. Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. In total, Komen Arizona awarded more than $725,000 in grants to 10 community programs in Arizona to fund life-saving breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship support programs.
The grant money will benefit North Country’s Well Woman HealthCheck programs in Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo, Apache, Gila and Mohave counties.
“The Komen funding will assist with treatment for people who don’t have other options for breast cancer treatment,” said Elizabeth Markona, program manager with WWHP. “It targets that gap population that may not qualify for AHCCCS and may not be able to afford or qualify for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.”
WWHP at North Country is funded through private donations and the Arizona Department of Health Services in part through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program helps uninsured and underinsured women ages 21 to 65 gain access to age-appropriate screenings for breast and cervical cancer, such as clinical breast exams, mammograms, PAP and HPV tests, and pelvic exams. Diagnostic testing such as ultrasounds, biopsies and other tests are available if screening results are abnormal.
Komen Arizona’s community grants program awards funds to non-profit organizations that provide innovative, non-duplicative breast health and breast cancer services directly to the medically underserved, uninsured or underinsured in Arizona. Grant recipients are selected by an independent grant review panel through a competitive review process that chooses programs that will have the greatest impact in the state. The review panel consists of an anonymous, diverse group of experts in local healthcare, non-profit management, public health and breast cancer advocates.
To date, Komen Arizona has contributed more than $25.3 million to the local community through grants and more than $8.9 million to research, making it the largest private grantor of breast cancer funds in Arizona.
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