Serving Our Communities

Komen Central Tennessee is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Central Tennessee.  Through its 2017-2018 community grants, Komen Central Tennessee is investing more than $480,000 in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs here in name service area here provided by 18 local programs that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Since it was founded in 1992, Komen Central Tennessee has invested more than $9 million in local breast health agencies and organizations.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here. In 2014-2015, Komen Central Tennessee was fortunate to be able to invest more than $180,000 solely toward research.

 

2017-2018 Grant Programs

This year, Komen Central Tennessee awarded more than $412,000 to local programs in the Chattanooga, Greater Nashville and Upper Cumberland regions. Grants are  selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving underserved women in our service area.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure is not a direct service provider.

 

 

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Chattanooga Region Grant Recipients

Erlanger Health System – Breast Health Inreach Program

The Breast Health Inreach Program (BHIP) address the lack of financial assistance and access many face when seeking breast screenings. The program will navigate underserved and uninsured women for breast screenings within the Chattanooga Region, with a focus on those living within the identified Hamilton county zip codes of 37402,37403, 37404, 37408, 37410 and 37411. Click here or call (423)778-8932 to learn more.

 

Erlanger’s Southside/Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers – Fighting for a Cure!

Fighting for a Cure! provides breast screenings, awareness and educational programs to at risk populations living in the Chattanooga Region. Funding will provide screening mammograms and diagnostics for uninsured and underinsured women as well as health educational programs within churches, community centers, and business centers in the heart of target communities. Click here or call (423) 778-2700 to learn more.

 

Memorial Health Care System- MaryEllen Locher Access to Mammograms and Nurse Navigation

The MaryEllen Locher (MEL) Breast Center offers a full range of breast cancer services ranging from early detection, outreach/education, nurse navigation, treatment, follow-up and survivorship. These services are provided to all women regardless of their ability to pay through grants as well as charity care from the hospital. Funding from Komen will continue to support uninsured and underinsured women to receive mammograms and diagnostics through the MEL Mobile Coaches as well as through three breast centers. Click here or call (423) 495-4645 to learn more.

 

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership- Community Health Worker/Promotoras de Salud Breast Health Program

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) seeks to increase access to diagnostic and treatment resources for at-risk individuals. Community Health Workers (CHW), Promotoras de Salud, are in place to provide breast health education, immigrant outreach, patient navigation, and case management to meet the needs of those most vulnerable. Komen funding helps equip CHWs to serve a total of 3,000 individuals in Whitfield, Fannin, Murray, Catoosa, and Gordon Counties through group and one-on-one services. Click here or call (706)272-6662 to learn more.

 

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership- Promotoras de Salud Breast Health Diagnostic Financial Assistance

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) seeks to increase access to diagnostic and treatment resources for at-risk individuals. While our Community Health Workers (CHW), Promotoras de Salud, successfully provide breast health education, immigrant outreach, patient navigation, and case management to meet the needs of those most vulnerable, this program provides clinical breast exams and/or mammograms for those who are non- or under-insured in Whitfield, Fannin, Murray, Catoosa and Gordon Counties who cannot afford services the diagnostics they require.  Click here or call (706)272-6662 to learn more.

 

Tennessee Department of Health- Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program

Through targeted outreach and the provision of breast health services accessible in every county, TBCSP is able to reach rarely or never screened women by removing both cost and access to care barriers. With Komen funding, TBCSP will be able to serve an additional 86 women with screenings and 22 with diagnostic services. Additionally, Komen funding allows TCSP to serve symptomatic men and women who do not meet the NBCCEDP eligibility guidelines. While the program will serve Tennessee counties within the Chattanooga Region, outreach efforts will target priority counties of Rhea County, African Americans of Hamilton County and Hamilton zip codes 30402, 37403, 37404, 37408, 37410, 37411 and also lower income portions of 37405, 37406 and 37415 zip codes. Click here or call (423)209-8009 to learn more.

 

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Greater Nashville Region Grant Recipients

 

Austin Peay State University- Champions for Breast Health

Austin Peay State University and the Montgomery County Health Department have partnered for the Champions for Breast Health Program. This program provides mammography for underserved and minority women in Montgomery County who require evidence-based screening based upon their age and to educate these women to take personal actions to improve their breast health, reduce their risk of breast cancer, and seek access to affordable breast screening services. Call (931)648-7210 to learn more.

 

Charis Health Center- Women’s Health Access to Care

The purpose of the Women’s Health Access to Care is to reduce female breast cancer deaths through increased awareness, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Charis is one of the few resources available in Wilson & Trousdale Counties providing accessible and affordable care for uninsured women’s health. Through the program, women have direct access to clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and ultrasounds. In addition, Charis provides education on the importance of early detection and the continuum of care. Click here or call (615) 773-5785 to learn more.

 

Faith Family Medical Center- Women’s Health Initiave

A key goal of the Women’s Health Initiative is to ensure that low-income, uninsured/underinsured women enter, remain in, and progress through the Continuum of Care for breast health. This program provides education, clinical breast exams and mammography referrals to women ages 21-74 in Middle Tennessee. Click here or call (615)649-3030 to learn more.

 

Friends in General, Inc.- Mammograms in May 2017

This project provides free screening mammograms and follow up care for uninsured women over the age of 40 years as part of Nashville General Hospital’s annual Mammograms in May program. The program’s primary target is African American women who have not had a mammogram, but free services are open to all age-appropriate women.

 

Siloam Health- Providing Breast Health Care Services to Vulnerable Women in Middle Tennessee

The Siloam Health’s program provides breast cancer screening and education to low-income, uninsured women, many of whom are newly arrived immigrants and refugees.  Grant funds will provide clinical breast examinations and breast health education for female patients. Click here or call (615)921-6137 to learn more.


Tennessee Department of Health- Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program

Through targeted outreach and the provision of breast health services accessible in every county, TBCSP is able to reach rarely or never screened women by removing both cost and access to care barriers. With Komen funding, TBCSP will be able to serve an additional 154 women with screenings and 39 with diagnostic services. Additionally, Komen funding allows TCSP to serve symptomatic men and women who do not meet the NBCCEDP eligibility guidelines. While the program will serve all clients in the service area, outreach efforts will target Maury, Trousdale, and Dickson Counties and African Americans in Davidson County. Click here or call (615) 340-0391 to learn more.

 

Saint Thomas Health- Our Mission in Motion

Our Mission in Motion is a mobile mammography outreach program by Saint Thomas Health Services to bring mammography screenings directly to women where they work, live, and shop. This program targets two populations: employed women, and women who are uninsured or underinsured throughout the service area with a focus on women in Davidson, Trousdale, Maury and Montgomery Counties.

 

YMCA of Middle Tennessee- After Breast Cancer Program

The  After Breast Cancer (ABC) Program offered by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee provides health and wellness guidance, education, encouragement and support  for breast cancer survivors through a free 16-week program where program participants receive a Y membership at no cost & access to the following resources:

  1. Lymphedema education & screening
  2. Range of motion evaluation by a certified professional
  3. Up to 16 hr of customized group personal training with Pink Ribbon™ Certified Trainers
  4. Nutrition education with a Registered Dietician
  5. 9-12 educational seminars or fellowship events

Komen funding will support the Maryland Farms location and a full pilot of the ABC model at Margaret Maddox YMCA in East Nashville. Click here to learn more.

 

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Upper Cumberland Region Grant Recipients

Cookeville Regional Medical Center- The Upper Cumberland “Save A Life” Pink Ribbon Project

The Upper Cumberland “Save A Life” Pink Ribbon Project, a culturally sensitive breast health awareness, education and screening project by the Women’s Center and the Cancer Center of CRMC . The project provides breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to medically underserved and uninsured/underinsured women living in rural communities of the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland Region. Project activities includes providing screenings & diagnostic services and genetic counseling when appropriate, as well as collaboration with area physicians not connected to similar programs to ensure they refer those who qualify. Click here or call (931)783-2496 to learn more.

 

Saint Thomas Health- Our Mission in Motion

Our Mission in Motion is a mobile mammography outreach program by Saint Thomas Health Services to bring mammography screenings directly to women where they work, live, and shop. This program targets two populations: employed women, and women who are uninsured or underinsured throughout the service area with a focus on women in Clay, Smith, Jackson and Overton Counties.

 

Tennessee Department of Health- Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program

Through targeted outreach and the provision of breast health services accessible in every county, TBCSP is able to reach rarely or never screened women by removing both cost and access to care barriers. With Komen funding, TBCSP will be able to serve an additional 68 women with screenings and 17 with diagnostic services. Additionally, Komen funding allows TCSP to serve symptomatic men and women who do not meet the NBCCEDP eligibility guidelines. While the program will serve all clients in the service area, outreach efforts will target Clay, Macon and Smith Counties. Click here or call (931) 520-4204 to learn more.

 

Putnam County Family YMCA- GO PINK Program

The YMCA’s GO PINK Program provides free comprehensive wellness services, education, & support for all breast cancer survivors in the Upper Cumberland. Key activities include: Education/screening by a Lymphedema Specialist, one on one sessions and group classes with a Pink Ribbon Certified Trainer and Registered Dietician, 10 weeks of Weight Watchers program, Educational seminars, Support group classes, & 6 months YMCA membership. GO PINK is designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort at all phases of recovery and survivorship while gaining strength, energy and providing support. Aerobic activities, stretching, strengthening and emotional support help decrease recovery time, improve functional abilities, reduce stress and aid in preventing recurrence of breast cancer.  Click here or call (931)528-1133 to learn more.