2018 – 2019 Community Investment
Grantees and Partners

Komen Wisconsin is proud to award $745,552 to 7 community partners for the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Projects were selected by our independent review panel as those that will have the greatest impact on the 22 county service area of Komen Wisconsin. Grants were awarded to innovative, non-duplicative projects that address breast health and/or breast cancer services. Komen Wisconsin has funded more than $18.6 million since its inception in 1997 to low income, under and uninsured individuals, to enable them to detect and survive breast cancer.

Ascension Wheaton Franciscan Health System – St. Francis Hospital

Project Title: Su Salud/Your Health

Project Contact: Fabiola DeChico, 414.647.7449, Fabiola.DeChico@ascension.org

Su Salud (Your Health) is a linguistically and culturally competent screening and diagnostic program geared toward educating Hispanic women about the importance of mammograms and clinical breast exams.  In addition, the program will direct women on how to access these services, provide screening mammography and diagnostic services and linking women to linguistically and culturally competent providers if follow-up treatment is required. This program will educate 500 low-income, limited English proficient women and navigate 250 to screening.

Aspirus Women’s Health

Project Title: Breast Health Program: Education, Screening & Diagnostic

Project Contact: Mary Wachtl, 715.847.2192,  mary.wachtl@aspirus.org

Lack of access to quality care is a barrier too often experienced by many women. This project will increase access to breast screening (mammogram and clinical breast exams) and diagnostic services (diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, cyst aspirations, breast MRIs and MRI biopsies) for approximately 200 medically underserved women, particularly Hispanic and Hmong, residing in central and northern Wisconsin.

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center

Project Title: Clinic Breast Self-Awareness Program

Project Contact: Lisa Albright, 414.316.5036, lalbright@gliihc.net

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center primarily serves the American Indian community in Milwaukee, and currently 70% of the patient’s population is American Indian.   This program will ensure that American Indian women will follow through with their mammogram by using a Community Health Worker (CHW) offering a one on one peer educational approach. The CHW will make sure that 180 women will be education on breast self-awareness.  They will also navigate 152 women to get their mammogram appointment and alleviates any barriers that may exist.

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Project Title: Reducing barriers for 3-D Mammography for Low Income, Rural Women

Project Contact:  Myron Gadke, 715.387.9123 gadke.myron@marshfieldclinic.org

This project will focus on providing mobile mammography services to rural Wisconsin women who are low income, working poor who have barriers around time and transportation to receive mammograms.  This program will focus on finding 333 women in rural Wisconsin who have these barriers.  They will educate them on breast self-awareness and provide screening via the Marshfield Clinic’s 3-D screening mobile mammography bus.  Patients with abnormal screenings will be assisted by Project Patient Navigators through diagnosis, any treatment and recovery needs.  This program will also increase outreach to non-English speaking women in identified high need rural areas by providing printed intake and educational information in Spanish and Hmong.

Milwaukee Catholic Home

Project Title: Nurses Affecting Change ~ Nursing Home Breast Cancer Outreach Program

Project Contact: Bonnie Anderson, 414 .745.4684, banderson@milwaukeecatholichome.org

The primary goal of the Nurses Affecting Change Nursing Home Breast Cancer Outreach Project is to reduce breast cancer mortality by addressing disparities, increasing access to quality and timely care and improve outcomes through patient navigation among low wage, low-income, underinsured, white, black and Hispanic women, 40 – 64 years of age, who are employed as nursing assistants, laundry aides, dietary aids and custodians at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Milwaukee.  They will provide 150 women with evidence-based, culturally tailored, personalized, breast awareness education by trained Nurse Practitioners and Community Health Workers. Free clinical breast exams will be given to 150 women and 100 will be navigated to mammograms.

ProHealth Care – Hispanic Health Resource Center

Project Title: Navigation of Breast Health Services in Waukesha County

Project Contact: Soraya Bericoto, 262.928.4107, soraya.bericoto@phci.org

Hispanic women living in Waukesha County are at high risk of breast cancer due to the cultural, linguistic, transportation, and financial barriers that prevent them from accessing breast health care. This program seeks to improve access and promote preventive breast health services to underserved Hispanic women by 1) educating 300 women on breast self-awareness 2) coordinating screening services to 125 women 3) navigating 20 women through the breast cancer continuum of care through comprehensive case management.

Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund

Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation

Project Title: Susan G. Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund

Project Contact:  Janet Johnson, 877.910.7465 (PINK), jjohnson@wwhf.org

The Komen WI Breast Cancer Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for early detection through screening and diagnostic breast health services (CBEs, mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, ductogram, galactogram, biopsy, etc.) and for treatment support to remove barriers to treatment for individuals with breast cancer (co-payments/deductibles/co-insurance, medications, transportation, insurance premiums, childcare, lymphedema supplies, rent/mortgate) to uninsured and underinsured individuals of any age who are at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Details can be found at www.KomenWisconsin.org/Fund

Initiative for Reducing Breast Cancer Mortality in African Americans

In 2016, Susan G. Komen announced a new Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. The Komen Scientific Advisory Board, together with our team of Komen Scholars and breast cancer experts from around the world came together to not only set this goal for our organization, but to develop a plan of action to help us get there. This goal, and the plan to achieve it, is exhilarating, a little bit intimidating, and yes, BOLD. It will require hard work from all of us but we firmly believe that we will achieve it.

A recent study by Dr. Kirsten Beyer at the Medical College of Wisconsin has identified specific Milwaukee areas as ‘hot spots’ – where women are nearly twice as likely to die from breast cancer than women living in surrounding neighborhoods.  These poverty pockets are located throughout the city of Milwaukee, specifically in zip codes: 53205, 53206, 53208, 53210, 53213, 53216, 53204, 53215 and 53233.

Why are African-American women more likely to die of breast cancer?

Breast cancer disparities for African-American women are startling. According to the most recent data available, breast cancer mortality is about 40 percent higher for African-American women in the U.S. than Caucasian women. And, African-American women are often diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer when treatment options are limited, costly and the prognosis is poor. There are also many barriers to care that can delay screening or treatment, like cost, fear, difficulty with transportation or arranging childcare, a lack of culturally appropriate education materials and limited African American role models who can talk with other women about breast cancer.

 What is Komen Wisconsin doing to help?  

Komen Wisconsin is focused on decreasing breast cancer mortality rate in African-American women in these Milwaukee hot spots. We will accomplish this goal by working vehemently with our strategic partners and staff on two key programs:

Conversations with Komen Presented by Kohl’s

Project Contact:  Cetonia Weston-Roy, 414.389.4885, Cetonia@KomenWisconsin.org

Project Website:  www.kohlsconversationsforthecure.org

Kicking off its ninth year, Conversations with Komen is a breast health education program that will teach women the importance of knowing their bodies, healthy lifestyle behaviors, family history and the need for early detection – the crucial, life-saving first step. A team of well-trained community health workers, many who are African American breast cancer survivors, will provide the education and navigation services to financial resources and assistance in overcoming barriers to receiving screening. In this next year, 3,500 individuals will be educated on breast health and breast  cancer with a goal to ensure 90% of individuals educated take positive action towards their breast health.   Current hot spot screening outcome is 27% and we will work to increase that to 31% per our grant.

It is imperative that Komen’s work is focused on communities with the greatest need which is why Conversations with Komen will open a satellite office, “The Komen Corner: A Resource Center” inside the COA Goldin Center (COA). COA is in the Amani neighborhood located in one of the ‘hot spot’ areas of zip code 53206.

Women can access the Komen Corner satellite office for:

  • Breast health education
  • Navigation to screening and diagnostic services after education
  • Navigation services and social support for women currently battling breast cancer
  • Financial assistance resources for preventative breast screenings and breast cancer diagnosis
  • Health insurance and Treatment Assistant Fund enrollment along with screening events

Healthy lifestyle classes such as exercise, stress reduction, healthy eating initiatives, and cooking classes.

Sister Pact

Project Contact:  Gloria Singleton-Young, 414.389.4880, Gloria@KomenWisconsin.org

Project Website:  www.sisterpact.com

Sister Pact is an initiative spearheaded by the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Taskforce and strives to help raise awareness of breast cancer among African-American women in Milwaukee. Healthcare companies, community services organizations, academic and religious institutions have all joined forces to help reduce the disparities in breast cancer mortality among underserved Milwaukee populations through continued education, targeted media campaigns, and sharing of local resource via a website.

Komen Wisconsin invested $50,000 in the first year of this program and has provided numerous staff oversight to the development and ongoing support of the program.

Where can I go to find more information about Komen Wisconsin? 

Engage with our community on social media (@KomenWisconsin) or visit our website (www.KomenWisconsin.org) for continual updates about events, free screenings, research, local resources, inspiring stories and so much more!

Need to schedule a screening or diagnostic mammogram?

If you are uninsured or underinsured we can help, please call the Komen office for a referral for a Komen funded mammogram at 877.910.7465 (PINK).

All other questions, call Gloria at 414.389.4880 or Gloria@KomenWisconsin.org.