Komen Baton Rouge will award community grants to organizations that will provide breast cancer projects that address specific funding priorities, which were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen Baton Rouge Community Profile Report. The 2015 Community Profile Report can be found on our website at www.komenbatonrouge.org.
The funding priority areas are listed below in order of importance based on the needs identified in the Community Profile:
- Reducing Barriers to Care
Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee parishes. “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, http://www.patientadvocate.org/resources.php?p=781).
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.
- Patient Navigation
Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for African American women that reside in St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee parishes. Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.
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).
- 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 African American individuals that reside in St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee parishes.
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. In addition, education projects will only be considered if being requested as part of projects reducing the barriers to care or providing patient navigation.
Examples of successful projects include those that:
- Increase breast cancer action due to increased knowledge
- Increase the number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening
- Reduce the number of women “lost to follow‐up”
- Reduce time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures
- Reduce time from diagnostic resolution to treatment
- Increase treatment compliance.