Komen Southeast WI awards $20,000 in Small Grants

The Small Grant program funds local organizations in the seven county service area that will new programs that promote the Susan G. Komen mission.

Susan G. Komen® Southeast Wisconsin has given $5,000 to four nonprofits in the Southeast Wisconsin community as part of the Small Grant Program for organizations interested in beginning a new program or creating new ideas that will educate and improve access to breast health services for low income or uninsured women. Washington County Health Department, Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection, Diverse and Resilient, and Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health have each been granted $5,000 towards their new programs that help promote breast health. The recipients were chosen based on the program’s impact, feasibility, capacity, collaboration, and sustainability.

Washington County Health Department plans to use the grant for the creation of a Breast Health Navigation Guide, which will identify the businesses and organizations in Washington County, as well as the breast health resources available  to women in the community.  This guide will lay the foundation for a program that will empower and educate women about their bodies and family history in order to promote breast health.

Tricia’s Troops will be using this grant money for its Breaking Barriers program, which will help reduce transportation and childcare barriers that make it difficult for women to access breast cancer screening and treatment. This program offers childcare and transportation options for low income women so they can obtain regular mammograms and maintain cancer treatment schedules without conflicts.

Understanding Individual and Systematic Barriers for LBT Women to Access Breast Health Services is the program that Diverse and Resilient will fund with its small grant money. This program will research the specific barriers that lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people face in learning about and accessing breast health services. Diverse and Resilient will then use these findings to increase the cultural competency of health providers’ services to LBT individuals.

Finally, the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health will use this money to provide lay breast cancer health information and education through a Community Health Worker and by training Youth Health Messengers. As part of the Healthy Hmong Women program, its goal is to promote breast cancer screenings to family and other members of the Hmong community. The Small Grant Program compliments the $800,000 already granted in 2014 through the Community Grants program, which has dedicated more than $8.3 million to local programs over the past 15 years.