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Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. Through its 2017-2018 community grants, Komen Greater Fort Worth is investing more than $400,000 in education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and support programs here in Greater Fort Worth provided by three local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Since it was founded in 1992, Komen Greater Fort Worth has invested more than $24 million in local breast health agencies and organizations.
2017 – 2018 Komen Greater Fort Worth Community Grant Recipients
Cancer Care Services
The Hope Chest Program
The Hope Chest Program services low-income breast cancer patients living in Tarrant, Hood, and Parker counties, with all clients receiving financial assistance living at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines, per their net income and household size. Financial support available for breast cancer patients through Hope Chest includes assistance with health insurance premiums, prescription medications, medical equipment and transportation (gas cards for Parker and Hood counties). Komen funding allows Cancer Care Services to sustain current programs, as well as further develop emotional, psychosocial and holistic support programs for breast cancer patients, survivors and co-survivors. These services facilitate the completion of cancer treatment, and minimize behaviors that are detrimental to quality of life.
Moncrief Cancer Institute
Breast Screening, Navigation and Education in Tarrant, Parker, Hood and Johnson Counties
Moncrief Cancer Institute (MCI) provides breast screening and patient navigation for the underserved women of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, and Hood counties through its established Breast Screening and Patient Navigation (BSPAN) program. MCI continues to report an annual increase in the utilization of the screening and diagnostic services offered through this program, as well as measurable improvement for breast health awareness. The program validates the importance of partnering with local facilities to increase the accessibility of services and understanding the inherent needs of the target population. Funding assistance from Komen Greater Fort Worth enables MCI to offer low to no-cost screening mammograms, diagnostic services, patient navigation, and now surgical treatments to underserved women across the service area.
Texas Health Resources Foundation
Texas Health Fort Worth Wellness for Life Indigent Mammography Program
The Texas Health Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program, in collaboration with Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South, will provide mammograms to underinsured/uninsured and culturally and isolated women in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson & Hood counties through its Indigent Mammography Program. The goal is to remove the most common barriers women face in seeking annual mammograms: cost; lack of opportunity, lack of knowledge, fear, language issues, and lack of transportation. The program includes mammograms, diagnostic evaluation by nurse practitioners, language interpreters, nurse navigation support for diagnostic follow-up, and collaboration with community stakeholders. This program provides women with the knowledge, education & tools they need to become proactive in their own breast health care.