Current grant recipients. 

Susan G. Komen® Great Plains is the local source for breast health information. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, each year, Komen Great Plains funds breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness across the state.  This year, Komen Great Plains is investing funds in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs that serve uninsured or underinsured women. In addition, Komen Great Plains committed additional funding to global breast cancer research in the last year.  During its 23-year history, Komen Great Plains has granted more than $9 million in grants and invested another $3 million in research and engagement.

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership:  Bridge to Care – $51,507

The Bridge to Care program provides breast health education to low-income individuals focusing on the Hispanic populations in Blue Valley’s nine county service area in Nebraska. One-on-one and small group sessions will be held with existing clients and community members to reduce language barriers, provide education and encourage screenings. The program will provide financial assistance for screenings and follow-up communication will be completed to ensure women make their breast health a priority.
Contact: Shari Wurtz-Miller, 402-729-2278
Website: www.bvca.net

Charles Drew Health Center: Breast Cancer Screening Initiative – $27,517

Charles Drew provides breast health outreach and education to at-risk populations in eastern Nebraska, including African American women who have a higher late-stage diagnostic rate for breast cancer. Additionally, the program helps to ensure at-risk women receive a breast health screening, culturally appropriate materials, help with transportation costs, and the appropriate follow up care.
Contact: 402-451-3553
Website: www.charlesdrew.org

John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute: Healing Pathways – $27,967

The Healing Pathways program is designed to reduce barriers of breast cancer treatments, through short-term financial help for travel costs or living expenses during treatment.  The program also provides education and expands survivorship services to rural and medically underserved breast cancer patients, including American Indian populations.
Contact: Beth Draeger, Patient Navigator, 605-755-2625
Website: http://www.regionalhealth.com

Lexington Community Foundation: Breaking Barriers – $79,627

The Breaking Barriers program will increase screening mammography compliance focusing on Hispanic/Latinos and Black/African-American populations in Dawson County.  Funds will provide education and navigation to screenings to increase early detection and successful treatment.
Contact: Dana Steiner, 308-627-3086
Website: https://lexingtonregional.org/

OneWorId Community Health Centers: Screening and Treatment – $85,000

OneWorld’s goal is to increase the number of women screened through clinical breast exams and screening mammograms for low-income women in Nebraska with a special focus on Hispanic women. Funds will provide health care services for breast cancer to women who may otherwise go without due to their inability to pay or navigate the healthcare system and keep them in the continuum of care.
Contact: Services 402-734-4110
Website: http://www.oneworldomaha.org/

South Dakota Department of Health: All Women Count – 65,000

All Women Count is a program to promote breast and cervical cancer screenings to age and income eligible women across South Dakota. Through this grant, the program will continue to fund breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured women ages 30-49.
Contact: 1-800-738-2301
Website: http://getscreened.sd.gov/count/

Visiting Nurse Association: Breast Cancer Assistance Program – $85,000 

The Breast Cancer Assistance Program seeks to ease the financial hardships involved in a breast cancer diagnosis by alleviating immediate financial needs, providing emotional support, and connecting patients with community resources. To optimize the success of a patient’s treatment this grant will allow patients from across Nebraska to receive psychosocial help and provide short-term financial assistance so they can maintain financial stability and reduce their stress.
Contact: Stephanie Sass, 402-930-4118
Website: http://www.thevnacares.org/

 

Additional Komen Great Plains Program

Komen Great Plains Treatment Assistance Program – $14,500

This program provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients in Nebraska or South Dakota with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line. The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment.
Contact: 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org
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