2017-2018 Grant Recipients

Since 1985, Komen Colorado South has raised over $7.28 million with over $5 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects and over $2 million in national research grants.  These programs include:

Peak Vista Mammography Access Program:

Peak Vista Community Health Centers requested funding to provide free and low cost breast cancer screening mammograms and diagnostics for uninsured and underinsured women and men in El Paso and Teller counties through Peak Vista’s Mammography Access Program (MAP). The program is a safety net for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women who are not eligible for state-sponsored breast health programs. A majority of program participants are ethnic minority women, and many live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

The program promotes breast health education tailored for a diverse population, a culturally competent approach to breast health, and relationship-based patient navigation.

An estimated 262 women will enter the breast cancer continuum of care through approximately 157 screening vouchers and 105 diagnostic vouchers.

Contact Cynthia Quijas-Barker: Cynthia.barker@peakvista.org or phone 719-344-6090

Women’s Breast Health Project

Teller County has a continued need for access to breast health services with a high rate of breast cancer and late stage diagnosis. The community has limited breast health literacy. This grant will provide services to promote breast health access and navigation along the continuum of care for the isolated women of Teller County and nearby communities.  The goal is to serve approximately 1000 women resulting in individuals receiving treatment in a timely manner. Leading to a decrease in the rate of late stage breast cancer diagnosis in Teller County This will be accomplished by providing

50 gas cards

50 GAIL Model risk screening

40 Screening mammogram,  30 diagnostic  mammograms, 30  ultrasounds and  4 surgical consults

250 Clinical breast exams

Providing one on one and community breast health literacy education and risk assessment: A nurse case manager and health navigator to promote quicker detection , treatment, and follow-through on breast health services.

Contact Karissa Smith: Smithka@co.teller.co.us  or phone 719-687-6416

Continuum of Care

St Mary Corwin in Pueblo County requested funding to provide free and low cost breast cancer screening mammograms and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured women and men in Pueblo County and outlying Affiliate counties. They are community partners locally and in outlying areas. Genetic counseling and navigation are also being provided.

130 screening and diagnostic services will be provided.

250 genetic counseling and follow up services will be provided.

Contact Brenda Galassini: BrendaGalassini@Centura.Org.  or phone 719-4548

Outreach, Education, and Navigation

Fremont County requested funds to provide outreach, education, patient navigation and transportation assistance to women in this rural county. They plan outreach and education to women through community events with churches and community groups, and contacts with health clinics. Patient navigation will be for scheduling and following up with screening mammograms.

300 women not previously aware of the importance of breast health and screening will receive information.

75 gas cards will be provided when mammogram appointment are made for women with transportation barriers.

10 diagnostic services will be provided to uninsured and underinsured women needing screening follow-up.

Contact Sherri Limitone: SherriLimitone@centura.org or call 719-285-2018