2013-2014 Community Grant Recipients
In 2013, the Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has granted nearly $330,000 to fund seven breast health and breast cancer programs at local community organizations. These grants will support breast health and breast cancer screening, treatment, education, and support services not otherwise available to the medically underserved populations of our 10-parish Affiliate service area. Through Komen Baton Rouge's funding efforts, more than $3.1 million has been invested in the local community for life-saving breast health and breast cancer programs.
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Healthy Steps Exercise Program and Lymphedema Support Group
Zachary Smith, Project Director
225-763-4050 | www.brgeneral.org
Healthy Step - The Lebed Method:Focus on Healing through Movement and Dance. This is a FREE therapeutic exercise program for cancer survivors who have had any kind of surgery, node dissection, radiation, chemotherapy, Lymphedema, or who suffer with chronic fatigue.
Lymphedema Support group is a free support group for anyone diagnosed with primary or secondary Lymphedema. The focus of the group is to provide education, emotional support, the opportunity to network with others , and screenings for early detection of Lymphedema. The group meets the first Tuesday of every other month at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center- Mid City campus from 12 noon to 1 pm
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
Financial Assistance: Mileage Reimbursement and Prescription Assistance for Low-Income Clients
John Boudreaux, Project Director
225-927-2273 | www.cancerservices.org
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge Financial Assistance Program offers low-income breast cancer clients assistance with prescriptions and transportation. These programs facilitate the continued care of those not able to afford medication and transportation costs of medical and diagnostic visits, allowing them to take full advantage of their treatment protocols. Because of this assistance, those breast cancer clients who are most vulnerable due to limited finances and resources, are able to return to health as quickly as possible.
Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
Fighting Breast Cancer Through Comprehensive Early Detection
Pamela Wall, Project Director
225-218-1234 | www.marybird.org
Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers breast cancer screenings to underinsured or uninsured women in inner city or rural locations. Using their specialty-designed, large mobile medical clinic - the Early Bird - the Cancer Center offers free breast examinations at over 40 breast cancer screening events The Cancer Center then provides patient navigation for all breast screening participants with an abnormal finding until resolution of the finding occurs.
Pointe Coupee Health Services Foundation
Pointe Coupee Breast Cancer Awareness Program
Jeanne LeJeune, Project Director
225-638-5717 | http://www.pchhh.org/health-services-foundation
The Pointe Coupee Breast Cancer Awareness Program reaches out to disadvantaged African Americans, elderly and homebound clients, ages 40 and older, in Pointe Coupee and surrounding parishes. The program offers post treatment medication assistance, breast health education for both clients and providers, facilitates free mammograms, and follow-up ultrasounds, and provides an identifiable model for resources. Other key activities include: ongoing contacts with referring providers and helping to sponsor the annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon.
River Region Screening Center
Cancer Screening and Breast Cancer Education at River Region
Bill Dawson, Project Director
The mission of this program is to address the death rate from breast cancer in the parishes along the Mississippi River (River Region). River Region provides mammograms, clinical breast exams, and one-on-one breast health education at no cost to the disadvantaged in the River Region. This project will focus on decreasing the death rate in the River Parishes area to at least the same rate as the rest of the state of Louisiana by providing cancer screening to the uninsured and low income women of our area.
Digital Mobile Mammography Program
Cynthia Rabalais, Project Director
225-924-8264 | www.womans.org
Woman's Hospital Digital Mobile Mammography Program increases outreach and conducts cancer screenings for women in areas where mammography and diagnostic services are not readily available. The mobile digital coach brings this service to women experiencing geographic, financial, and cultural barriers to care. Patients are served regardless of their ability to pay. The mobile coach provides mammograms throughout East Baton Rouge and the 14 surrounding parishes. The program also provides for further diagnostic mammography and ultrasound as well as core biopsies for patients with abnormal mammography findings.
YWCA Greater Baton Rouge
ENCOREplus Breast Health Empowerment
Ramona Boatner, Project Director
225-215-1324 | www.ywca-br.org
The mission of the ENCOREplus program is to raise awareness of breast and cervical cancer and to reduce the impact of these cancers on the lives of medically underserved women in the Greater Baton Rouge area. It is a community based outreach program that provides medically underserved women with breast and cervical education, screening referral services, and support services. ENCOREplus was created by the YWCA of the USA to reach out to all women who face obstacles to getting high-quality, affordable breast and cervical exams.
The Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure services the following Parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St Helena and Tangipahoa.