Komen Puget Sound Awards More Than $720,000 to Local Breast Health Providers

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound has awarded $720,896 in grants to eight nonprofit, tribal and government agencies that provide vital services to families in need in 16 counties.

Komen Puget Sound, one of the largest private funders of local breast health and breast cancer services, evaluates and selects grantees through an independent review process. The grants were presented at the organization’s annual Impact Celebration at the Museum of History and Industry on May 11.

2017-18 Local Grant Recipients – Community Health Disparities Fund

  • Citrine Health – $35,096
    Women’s Health Outreach
    This program provides no-cost mammograms and health services to minority women in Seattle/King County who do not or cannot access them through mainstream clinical resources. Screenings and follow-ups target those on limited incomes, regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • International Community Health Services (ICHS) – $63,000
    Breast Health Outreach, Prevention and Education Program 
    This funding provides breast health outreach, education and screening to low-income, limited English-speaking Non-Hispanic, African descent, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino women in Seattle/King County.
  • South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency – $80,000
    Native Women’s Wellness Program
    This program provides breast health outreach, education, screening and support to women in rural tribal communities in Southwest Washington who rarely or never have been screened for breast cancer.
  • Northwest Leadership Foundation – $55,800
    Outreach Demonstration Project
    Led by the Tacoma-Pierce County coalition Leaders in Women’s Health, this project provides early breast cancer outreach, screening and referral for hundreds of African-American women.
  • Lutheran Community Services NW: Familias Unidas – $46,500
    Nuestra Salud
    The goal of Nuestra Salud is for every Latina in Snohomish County to have the best possible information about breast health. Through the work of promotoras – community advocates for public health – this grant aims to increase the number of women who receive early screenings, seek appropriate treatment and engage in preventive care.
  • American Cancer Society – $40,500
    This funding allows ACS to partner with SeaMar Community Health Centers to increase currently low breast cancer screening rates among the medically vulnerable and underserved in Grays Harbor County. Clinics are in Aberdeen, Ocean Shores and Elma. The funds also provide for patient navigation and treatment support for those in need.

2017-18 Local Grant Recipient – Komen Patient Assistance Fund

  • Cancer Lifeline – $175,000
    Cancer Lifeline administers Komen Puget Sound funds to provide financial assistance and support for low-income patients while they are in treatment for breast cancer.

2017-18 Local Grant Recipient – Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Fund

  • Washington State Department of Health – $225,000
    Funding to the Washington State Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) will provide breast cancer screenings, lifesaving mammograms and diagnostics to more than 4,000 low-income women.

Seventy-five percent of net funds raised through Komen Puget Sound and its events – such as Race for the Cure this June 4 – provide essential services such as free mammograms, patient navigation and breast cancer treatment support through community grants. The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research.