Current Grant Recipients
Since 1999, Komen Southeast Wisconsin has granted over $10.8 Million to local organizations to fund breast health and breast cancer programs in our communities. A total of $1,011,019 was awarded to fund this year’s Community Grantees. The 2016-17 grant recipients include:
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation
Mammography Mobile Outreach Project
Contact: Claudia Guevara
Contact: Jane Kelley (Ozaukee and Washington Counties)
The Mammography Mobile Outreach project assists women 40 and older from the city of Milwaukee and Ozaukee and Washington Counties who have difficulty gaining access to traditional screening programs and need screening mammograms. The program provides them with free screening mammograms,diagnostic services as needed, and assistance with establishing financial eligibility for treatment. The project’s goals are to provide screening for 800 women, increase breast cancer awareness, promote proactive care, and improve breast cancer survival rates through early detection.
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
Breast Navigation Program
Contact: Lisa Anderson and Carol Wenzel
The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center will implement a new breast health program designed to educate women on the importance of mammogram screenings and navigate them through the process. Using Komen breast self-awareness materials, the Center’s Breast Health Navigator will meet with and educate women visiting the Health Center for non- breast issues and then guide and support women through the mammogram process. Approximately sixty percent of the clients served at the Gerald Ignace Health Center are American Indian, and the remaining forty percent are African American, Hispanic and White. The vast majority of the clients served are low income and experience other socioeconomic barriers to health services.
Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health
Healthy Hmong Women
Contact: Mayhoua Moua
The Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health program seeks to improve Hmong breast cancer health outcomes by increasing breast cancer knowledge and screening rates for women in the Hmong community who are low income, under or uninsured, and have limited English language skills. Hmong Community Health Workers and trained Youth Health Messengers will deliver culturally-appropriate breast health curriculum to at least 250 Hmong women and men in twenty or more small community-based settings and in 1-on-1 conversations. The program will also host community workshops where Clinical Breast Exams will be provided and all women eligible and due will be navigated to on-site screening mammograms. A Hmong Navigator will facilitate access to screening services/provide case management, navigation & follow-up for abnormal screenings.
Muslim Community and Health Center
Reducing Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening
Contact: Arman Tahir or Fozia Ahmed
This program provides breast health education, clinical breast exams, and mammography screening for women with language, access, or cultural barriers. The target population for this grantee includes refugees and immigrants from Somalia, Myanmar, East European, Middle East, and Asia. The program features monthly breast health education workshops (provided in multiple languages) while also providing personal assistance with scheduling mammograms and accessing affordable and culturally sensitive breast health services. The program’s goal is to increase mammogram screening and decrease barriers to breast health for women from these diverse ethnic backgrounds.
ProHealth Care Foundation -Waukesha
Breast Health Care Education and Screening
Contact: Crystal Cepican
This program provides breast health education and mammography screening for women in need. It targets Caucasian and Hispanic women ages 40 and above that are under or uninsured and in need of breast health services. The program aims to provide 220 mammograms and educate 750 women. A bilingual Health Promoter provides education in one-on-one, small group, and outreach settings encouraging, and assisting underserved women to obtain access to free mammography screenings. A nurse coordinator works with the Health Promoter to ensure appropriate case management and to follow up on women with abnormal results.
Breaking Barriers Program
Contact: Candi Strong
The goal of this program is to reduce the transportation barriers that make it difficult for women to access breast cancer screening or treatment services. Examples of transportation assistance provide include fuel gift cards, bus passes and access to taxi services and other transportation modes in Waukesha County. The program is expected to help at least 50 women in our community eliminate the challenges that create barriers to their health and well-being.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Partners in Pursuit of the Promise
Contact: Dr. Sandra Millon-Underwood
This program targets low-income and under-insured African American women in Milwaukee’s inner city and Northwest side. Culturally astute nurses and community health workers present evidence-based breast awareness educational presentations to 1800 women in one-on-one or small group settings. Nurse Practitioners provide personalized breast self-awareness instruction and CBE screening following the educational program to 1200 woman. The estimated 950 woman in need of mammography screening and/or clinical breast exam follow-up will be navigated to affordable services and a medical home.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis Foundation
Su Salud/Your Health
Contact: Fabiola DeChico
This initiative lowers barriers for women traditionally underserved by the health care system – those who are poor, uninsured, have limited English language skills, or lack familiarity with the health care delivery system – with a focus on Hispanic women. Su Salud creates a support system for women who are reluctant to engage in, or are excluded from, breast cancer education and screenings. By providing this type of outreach, Su Salud educates women on how to lower their risk and promote early detection of breast cancer among Milwaukee’s traditionally underserved populations. In the coming grant year, Su Salud will provide education for 450 women, and provide a minimum of 225 women with a mammogram or a mammogram with a clinical breast exam.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Joseph
African American Breast Health Initiative
Contact: Tonya Rockette
This program provides culturally competent education, breast cancer screenings, comprehensive patient navigation services and follow-up medical care to underserved African American women. The ultimate goal of the Initiative is to remove barriers and empower. Hosting educational programs at community sites such as group homes, transitional living facilities, correction centers, churches, and senior housing facilities the program reaches high risk, low-income African American women and navigates women to breast cancer screenings and breast health care.
Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
Komen’s Southeast Wisconsin Breast Fund supported by Kohl’s Cares
Contact: Janet Johnson
877-910-7465 (bilingual hotline)
The Komen Breast Health Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for early breast cancer detection through screening and diagnostic breast health services including but not limited to screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies. The fund also provides support to remove barriers to treatment for individuals with breast cancer by providing financial assistance with items such as co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance, medications, transportation, insurance premiums, childcare, lymphedema supplies, wigs, bras, and prosthetics. The goal of ‘the fund’ is to assist uninsured and underinsured individuals of any age who are at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.