Susan G. Komen® awards Community Health Grants

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Susan G. Komen® Baton Rouge has awarded $270,000 to five local agencies that will provide thousands of women (and men) with lifesaving breast health screenings, patient navigation, public education and survivor support.

"The need for breast health services is great in our community, and Komen Baton Rouge is happy to partner with local organizations that are dedicated to our mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer," said Angela Miller, Executive Director of Komen Baton Rouge. "Each of these grants will benefit women and families in our ten-parish service area.” In addition to community grants, Komen is contributing more than $100,000 to national breast cancer research to advance both prevention and treatment.

Findings from a Komen Baton Rouge Breast Health Community Needs Assessment, conducted in 2011, revealed that Louisiana has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the country. It was also found that African-American women across the state are more likely to receive a late stage diagnosis, which leads to worse outcomes.

To lessen the burden of breast cancer in the state, the Komen Baton Rouge grant program focuses on increasing access to mammograms and clinical breast exams and decreasing barriers to care. And since early detection is the key to survival, the greater part of funding dollars is used to increase local capacity for screening and diagnostic services for those most in need.

Through Race for the Cure®, which fuels the grant program and was attended by more than 10,000 this year, Komen Baton Rouge has invested a total of $3.4 million in local services and $1 million in research to find the cures. This year’s grantees, selected by an independent review panel through a competitive application process, include Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, River Region Cancer Screening Center, Woman’s Hospital, and YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge. For more information about Komen Baton Rouge and its grants program visit komenbatonrouge.org.