Health and Family Services Cabinet
Grants Help Fight Breast Cancer
Fourteen Agencies Across the State Receive Awards
Fourteen Kentucky agencies promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and access to services are this year’s recipients of grants from the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund. The trust fund, administered by the Department for Public Health (DPH) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, recently announced the grant awards, totaling over $278,000.
“Breast cancer remains a serious public health threat to the women of Kentucky and access to information, screening services and treatment are so important in fighting the disease,” said Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, DPH commissioner. “These grants will help establish or expand unique programs across Kentucky to help women learn more about breast cancer and empower them to seek needed screenings and treatment.”
Grants are funded through proceeds from state income tax return designations and the sale of Kentucky breast cancer awareness license plates.
Kentucky nonprofit groups, educational institutions and government agencies offering breast cancer awareness, education, treatment and/or screening programs and services were eligible to apply. Awards recognize programs that best demonstrate sustainable and effective efforts to reduce the breast cancer mortality rate in Kentucky.
The following agencies received grant awards:
• Baptist Health, Madisonville. The Think Pink! A Breast Health Program will increase breast cancer awareness and screening services to the medically underserved women in Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Caldwell counties. In addition to education services in each county, 60 free clinical breast exams and mammograms will be available to underserved women from the targeted counties.
• King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. The One Voice: Against Breast Cancer program provides volunteers to speak out against breast cancer and educate women about breast cancer risk, breast self-exams and the importance of screening mammography and early detection in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Pike and Rowan counties.
• The American Cancer Society (ACS), Lexington. The ACS Hope Lodge will help more underserved Kentuckians have access to the care and resources they need to increase their chances of surviving cancer by providing lodging; education and support services; and transportation to treatments and back to the lodge.
• Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Greenup County. The hospital will provide transportation through the Healthy Community Services Van Ministry; increase access to the Mobile Mammography Unit at various community sites and events; and assist cancer patients with payments through grants and community collaborations.
• Kentucky Pink Connection (KPC), Lexington. This program reaches out to medically uninsured and underinsured women and men in the state of Kentucky and will use grant funds to reach a broader audience of women in Central and Western Kentucky. KPC assists breast cancer patients by reducing and/or eliminating barriers to diagnosis and treatment.
• KCP East and West, Lexington and Louisville. The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) will continue Horses and Hope in collaboration with Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear. This initiative aims to increase breast cancer awareness, provide education and promote opportunities for early detection focusing on medically underserved and uninsured workers at race tracks, horse farms and other horse industry venues.
• Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville. In an effort to increase breast cancer screening in Jefferson County, the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention and Wellness program aims to expand service provision through the Pink Ribbon Prevention Project. Grant funding will provide mammography and clinical breast exams for 245 medically underserved women; and follow-up services for 37 women with abnormal screening.
• St. Joseph, Lexington. The hospital will use funding to support The Breast Imaging Financial Assistance Fund (BIFAF), which was established in late 2012 by Saint Joseph Breast Center to meet the needs of individuals in Central and Eastern Kentucky. The program provides, at no charge, screening mammography and diagnostic services to patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
• Monroe County Health Department. In an effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of breast cancer in Monroe County, the Monroe County Health Department will implement a mammogram screening promotion and expand its annual "Women's Health Day." Free mammogram screenings will be provided to approximately 175 underserved women in Monroe County, as well as clinical breast exams and follow-up for positive findings.
• Bell County Health Department. In an effort to reduce the incidence and mortality rates due to breast cancer in the Bell County area, the local health departments will utilize various resources to promote breast cancer awareness and education along with providing screenings and follow-up services.
• Purchase District Health Department. The Purchase Outreach and Screening Partnership project will provide breast cancer awareness to women age 40-64 who have never or rarely received a screening mammogram. A media campaign will be developed focusing on breast cancer prevalence in the area; the signs, symptoms and risk factors of breast cancer; and the available sources for early detection awareness.
• Marshall County Health Department. Grant funding will support the ‘One-Stop’ program, an inclusive “one-stop” cancer shop for uninsured or under-insured females over 40 years old to receive breast and cervical cancer education and screenings.
• Madison County Health Department. The Madison County Health Department will implement a patient retention program, utilizing incentives and bulk texting in order to increase the number of women 40-64 years old who are returning, as appropriate, for annual screenings.
The trust fund was established in 2005 to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state through competitive grant awards to eligible organizations. Since its inception, nearly 70 BCTF grantees across the Commonwealth, including local health departments, hospital and community-based organizations, have received approximately $1 million to provide breast cancer screening and education services in their local communities. Since 2006, over 32,000 taxpayers have participated in the program contributing over $200,000 to the fund through the state income tax check-off.
A board of directors manages the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund with staff support and fiscal administration from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
For more information about Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund grants, contact the Department for Public Health, Division of Women’s Health at (502) 564-3236.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.