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Komen Acadiana Awards $215,000 In Local Community Health Grants And Research

Jul 06, 2018 12:34PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

The Acadiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced they are funding over $215,000 in community breast health programs and national research grants that will benefit their 19 Parish Region.

The health programs cover many phases of the breast cancer continuum of care including breast health education, services, and patient navigation. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the U.S. government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Through events like the Komen Acadiana Race for the Cure®, Komen Acadiana has invested $3.4 million in community breast health programs in Acadiana, Central and Southwest Louisiana and has helped contribute to the more than $889 million invested globally in research.

While there are some breast health programs that cover an individual’s need for breast health services, there are still many men and women who do not qualify for those programs or who still cannot afford life-saving services due to high deductibles and copays. Similarly, many women now have access to screening, but may not know why annual mammograms are important or how to connect to services.  

Komen Acadiana’s volunteer Grant Review Committee reviews applications in light of Komen’s funding priorities to determine the programs that best serve the needs of the community. Komen Acadiana then funds their grant applications, in line with the ranked priorities, with the proceeds from fundraising efforts through community events.

Among this year's grant recipients are:

  • Lafayette General Health Systems Incorporated: Access to Breast Care $74,379.00

  • CMAP EXPRESS: Community Health Advisor Program, $26,500.00

  • MILES PERRET CANCER SERVICES: Access to Treatment Program, $5,000.00

  • SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINICS: Breast Health Awareness Program, $34,000

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