When you donate money to It’s The Journey, all funds stay in Georgia to help provide screening, early detection, counseling, education and support services to tens of thousands of Georgians affected by breast cancer each year. The following is a list of Georgia breast health and breast cancer programs who received funding raised from the 2012 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.
It’s The Journey granted $650,000 to 26 Georgia breast health and breast cancer programs for 2014:
ATHENS NURSES CLINIC
Healthy Northeast Georgia Women
Serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties
This program provides education, clinical exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms on-site and in the community for homeless, uninsured and low-income women over the age of 40 in the Northeast Georgia area.
ATHENS REGIONAL FOUNDATION – Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
Breast Health Patient Support Services
Serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, and Oglethorpe Counties
The Breast Health Patient Support Services project will include genetic counseling and testing services, low-cost mammograms for under and uninsured women, mammogram reminder cards and a breast cancer patient education handbook.
CANCER FOUNDATION OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA
The Financial Assistance Program
Serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Stephens, Walton, & Wilkins Counties
This program provides emergency monetary assistance to patients that are experiencing an immediate financial crisis because they cannot pay for basic life needs such as rent, utilities, medication, or transportation.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY ATLANTA
Living Fully with Breast Cancer
Serving Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties
This program will continue to help people affected by breast cancer to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of emotional support, education and hope. All services are offered free of charge to people with breast cancer and their loved ones. Programs include professionally led support groups, education forums hosted by leaders in the medical community, gentle exercise and stress reduction classes, nutrition demonstrations, and social activities.
CENTER FOR BLACK WOMEN’S WELLNESS
Wellness Program/ Breast Health Community Initiative
Serving Metro Atlanta Area
Through the Breast Health Initiative the CBWW will identify women who are in need of breast health education and services. The program will provide clinical breast exams, screening mammography services, and diagnostic services to uninsured, underinsured, unemployed or low income women. A Breast Health Advocate will ensure linkage to care and treatment for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer through the program.
THE CENTER for PAN-ASIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.
Asian Breast Care
Serving Metro Atlanta including Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett Counties
The Asian Breast Care (ABC) program provides affordable mammograms and clinical breast exams, individual and group level education about self-breast exams and ways to access mammogram services, and follow-up services for all women who receive mammogram services. Additionally, the ABC program provides culturally and linguistically competent patient navigation, health education and support services.
EMORY UNIVERSITY – DEPARTMENT of HUMAN GENETICS
Bridging the Grady GAP – Genetic Access Program for Individuals at Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer
Serving Fulton, DeKalb and surrounding counties
Bridging the Grady GAP will provide access to genetic counseling and genetic testing for individuals who have a personal or family history suggestive of a hereditary risk for breast cancer who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare. Program participants will be identified through the Avon Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center in the Grady Health System.
GEORGIA CORE (CENTER FOR ONCOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION)
Pink and Teal…It’s in Our Genes!: Cancer Genomics Education
Serving metro Atlanta
Georgia CORE will expand the availability of genetic services by providing education, screening and outreach within the Center for Black Women’s Wellness existing breast health seminars. Each event will include genetic education, genetic risk assessment and genetic testing for high-risk minority women. Educational sessions will be provided to CBWW staff to enhance their knowledge and increase opportunities for integrating cancer genomics into their clinic.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Women’s Health Screening Program
Serving DeKalb and Fulton Counties
This program will provide screening mammograms and diagnostic testing for women who are uninsured and would not otherwise have access to these life-saving tests. If further diagnostic testing is required through ultrasound and/or biopsy, those procedures will be funded as well. This program especially targets women who are most in need of access to healthcare services and most at risk because of income and/or race.
GRANT PARK CLINIC
Breast Education and Diagnostic Referral Programs
Serving metro Atlanta
The Breast Education & Diagnostic Referral Program’s mission is to provide essential services to low-income, uninsured and impoverished women, especially in the area of prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer. Education to increase the awareness of the need for clinical and self-breast examination is provided to all female patients. Patients are referred for routine screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast biopsies to our partner provider facilities.
GWINNETT HOSPITAL SYSTEM FOUNDATION
Digital Mobile Mammography
Serving Gwinnett County
Gwinnett Medical Center wants to ensure that every woman receives an annual mammogram. This project will provide funding for underinsured people in Gwinnett County by partnering with clinics and multi-cultural health fairs. Digital mammography is administered on the Care-A-Van at regularly scheduled sites. All patients receive written results and are contacted if follow up is necessary. Follow up is provided by affiliated physicians at Gwinnett Medical Center.
THE HEALTH INITIATIVE
Breast Cancer Prevention through Education and Screening
Serving metro Atlanta
This project will heighten breast health awareness and prevention efforts among individuals through targeted breast health messaging and increased access to mammograms and clinical breast exams. The Health Initiative will expand existing framework to increase breast education messaging that is culturally specific to sub-populations of women within the LGBT community of greater Atlanta. Those education efforts will directly link to free screening opportunities with culturally competent providers.
LIGHTHOUSE LYMPHEDEMA NETWORK
Supporting Survivors with Compression and Education
Serving metro Atlanta
This program will provide financial assistance for the Bandages and Garment Fund. This fund provides a set of compression garments or bandages for lymphedema management for breast cancer patients.
Screening Mammography and Diagnostic Services Project
Serving Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens Counties
This program will provide no cost screening mammography and diagnostic services to financially eligible women. Services are provided at any of Northside’s 16 imaging centers or 21 mobile mammography sites. Uninsured women, especial those living in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin and other outlying counties will be targeted.
NORTHWEST GEORGIA REGIONAL CANCER COALITION, INC.
Northwest Georgia Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Education Program
Serving Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker Counties
This program, in coordination with the local Public Health District, will provide biopsies for women who present, at the health departments in 8 counties, with a questionable clinical breast exam, suspicious mammogram or physician’s referral which requires a biopsy for diagnosis.
Fighting Breast Cancer through Genetics
Serving Twenty-eight metro Atlanta counties
The grant will provide genetic counseling and testing for high risk individuals who are medically underserved or uninsured, and have been determined to be eligible for genetic testing. Identifying and counseling these women to explore management options with their health care team is a profound step in reducing future breast cancer diagnoses. If a genetic predisposition is identified, it also benefits family members who can then pursue predictive testing to learn about their risks for developing breast cancer.
PINK at Piedmont
Serving metro Atlanta
PINK at Piedmont provides a comprehensive wellness program for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Designed to speed recovery and reduce reoccurrence, PINK is a rolling 12-week exercise, nutrition, and support program offered free-of-charge to Piedmont and non-Piedmont breast cancer patients in the Atlanta area.
PIEDMONT FAYETTE HOSPITAL
Breast Health Nurse Navigator
Serving Clayton, Fayette, Fulton, and Henry Counties
This program will help support a breast health nurse navigator to guide and support Piedmont Fayette Hospital breast cancer patients from the point of diagnosis throughout the course of their treatment, helping to ensure the patients receive timely and appropriate care that helps improve their outcomes and their chance for survival.
SAINT JOSEPH’S/CANDLER – SAVANNAH
Mission Possible: Bridging the Mammography Gap
Serving Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham Counties
This program will provide breast health services to the underserved at no cost to patients meeting established financial criteria. Services which will close the gap for the working poor include: screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound and MRI, image-guided breast biopsies and case management/patient navigation throughout the continuum of breast cancer detection, care, and survivorship.
SAINT JOSEPH’S MERCY CARE SERVICES
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
Serving metro Atlanta
This program serves high-risk minority women in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The program is a full continuum of care offering accessible health care, education, and support. Program activities include educational sessions, clinical breast exams, mammography, diagnostic services, patient navigation, and ongoing follow-up and support services. The goal is to increase early detection by providing a continuum of care that addresses the cultural, linguistic and economic barriers often faced by low-income minority women.
TURNINGPOINT BREAST CANCER REHABILITATION
Rehabilitation and Educational Programs for Women with Breast Cancer
Serving Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties
This project will serve breast cancer survivors in the Greater Atlanta area by providing specialized rehabilitation services and educational programs that address physical and emotional survivorship issues. The grant will support a financial assistance program to allow access to physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling and nutritional counseling for uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer. In addition, it will support educational programs related to survivorship issues and programs for women with metastatic breast cancer.
Mammography Voucher Program
Serving Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding Counties
This project will provide vouchers for free mammograms for women who are not able to afford or otherwise have access to this service. The goal of this program will be to diagnose and treat breast cancer at an earlier stage which will result in a higher rate of survivorship.