Press Release – April 17, 2015

Komen Southeast Wisconsin Grants $885,578 to Nine Community Programs for Breast Cancer Screening, Education and Access to Treatment

Since 1999, The Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate has raised more than $9.2 million to support local breast health programs.

Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin® announced it will grant $885,578 to fund nine community programs that will provide hundreds of women and men with life-saving breast health screening, education and access to treatment throughout the next year and an additional $40,000 to small grants.

“The need is great in our community and we are happy to partner with nine programs in our 7- county area to help provide vital breast health services to women and men in need,” said Nikki Panico, executive director of Komen® Southeast Wisconsin. “It’s exciting to see the potential impact that these grantees will have in delivering life-saving breast health services to the uninsured and underinsured in our area.”

The priority of Southeast Wisconsin Community Grant funding is to decrease breast cancer mortality by increasing early detection of breast cancer.  Grantee programs provide outreach and education leading to screening mammograms and diagnostic breast care for women who do not receive regular breast health services, as well as financial assistance to overcome barriers to care.  All programs are designed to be culturally competent and financially accessible to everyone.

“Southeast Wisconsin Komen Community Grants help provide a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to women who would not be able to afford them,” said Robin Luther, Mission Manager at Komen Southeast Wisconsin. “Our grantees work right in our communities providing education, screening and diagnostic services, as well as access to treatment. We are so proud to be a resource for local impact in the fight against breast cancer.”

The Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate raises funds through events like the annual Race for the Cure®, scheduled for Sunday, September 27th in downtown Milwaukee.

For details about Komen’s grant recipients, visit or call 414-389-4882. Or, contact a Komen Grantee directly to find out more about participating in their SEWI Komen sponsored program.  The following programs have been selected for Komen Southeast Wisconsin funding by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and an independent review process.

2015-2016 Komen Southeast Wisconsin Grant Recipients:

City of Milwaukee
Wisconsin Well Women Program
Contact: Lisa Phillips
The Wisconsin Well Woman Program is a federally and statewide funded program that provides preventive breast cancer screening services to low-income women who are uninsured or underinsured.  In the City of Milwaukee the program is administered by the City of Milwaukee Health Department.  This project will be used to fund an additional mammography screening day at the Health Department.  These funds will not only allow the program to reach its 750 screening objective, but will enable the Health Department to exceed that number by providing an additional 200 screening mammograms.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation
Mammography Mobile Outreach Project
Project Director:  Bill Solberg
Contact:  Claudia Guevara
Contact: Jane Kelley (Ozaukee County)
The Mammography Mobile Outreach project assists women 40 and older from the city of Milwaukee and Ozaukee County 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.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Screening Mammography for Milwaukee Asian Women
Contact: Dr. Sailaja Kamaraju
This program will provide breast health education, clinical breast examination and mammography screening for under and uninsured Bosnian, Somali refugees, Burmese and Asian immigrants, with financial and cultural barriers to health care and limited English language skills. The goal is to reach 250 women and identify 100 who have not had age-appropriate screening in the prior 12 months. The program will provide assistance with scheduling, reminders, phone calls, financial advocacy, and other support to ensure screening. The Columbia St. Mary’s mobile mammography coach will provide 25 mammograms per quarter for qualifying women at the Muslim Community Health Center.

ProHealth Care Foundation
Breast Health Care Education and Screening
Contact: Lori Cronin
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.

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.

Washington County Health Department
Pathways to Breast Health Program
Contact:  Janet Arndt   262-335-4513
Contact:  Donna Groth   262-335-4740.
The goal of Washington County Health Department’s Pathways to Breast Health program is to increase collaboration between local organizations in order to address the breast health needs of the community, increase the local rate for screening mammograms, and decrease the rate of late stage diagnosis in Washington County.  The program will target women ages 40 and above who do not routinely engage in breast cancer screening.  In collaboration with various community partners, the program will do outreach and marketing within the community, host Ladies Night Out events, provide breast health educational presentations, incentivize women to get appropriate breast cancer screenings, navigate women to financial assistance, and partner with the local health systems to provide mammograms and follow up care.

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:  Linda Lauderdale
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 Fund provides financial assistance for early breast cancer detection through screening and diagnostic breast health services including 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.

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