Funding Priorities

Summary of the Funding Priorities for the 2018 Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania Community Grants:

Drawn from the 2015 Komen Greater PA (formerly Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh) Community Profile Report,  the following are the funding priorities for the 2018 Grant year. For a complete copy of the 2015 Community Profiles, please click here for Pittsburgh and click here for Northeast PA. Additional raw data and statistics can be found in this Quantitative Data Report link.

The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order.

PATIENT NAVIGATION
Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for specific populations as outlined below. Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary. While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the entire Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate benefit to one or more of the following communities/populations:

  • Allegheny County
  • Beaver County
  • Butler County
  • Mercer County
  • Mifflin County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Black/African-American women in Allegheny County and Beaver County
  • Amish and Mennonites in Mercer County and Mifflin County

Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual- patient navigator- guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system. The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment services tailored to individual needs. Patient navigators offer interventions that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of informational, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).

REDUCING BARRIERS TO CARE
Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals and/or improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer and those living with metastatic breast cancer.

“Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer” — Patient Advocate Foundation.

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment co-pay and deductible assistance, transportation and interpreter services. While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate benefit to one or more of the following communities:

  • Fayette County
  • Jefferson County
  • Mercer County
  • Mifflin County

BREAST CANCER EDUCATION
Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings. Projects must be designed to result in documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target individuals or specific populations that reside in counties as outlined below:

  • Allegheny County
  • Beaver County
  • Butler County
  • Fayette County
  • Jefferson County
  • Mercer County
  • Mifflin County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Black/African-American women in Allegheny County and Beaver County
  • Amish and Mennonite populations in Mercer County and Mifflin County

Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted.