Organization American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition
Location Pago Pago, American Samoa
Project Director Luana Scanlan
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition will work to motivate 750 American Samoan women to seek breast and cervical health information, screening services and follow-up of abnormal screening results in order to reduce late-stage diagnosis, through the culturally competent Tautai Leveai’i (Talk Story) project. The project will produce one trained Patient Navigator who will in turn train five community health workers to recruit, navigate, and support women. The outreach will occur in 30 different villages in non-traditional settings including church halls, private homes, private businesses and exercise groups.

Organization Esperanza Health Centers
Location Chicago, IL
Project Director Carmen Vergara
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
Esperanza Health Centers will improve colorectal cancer screening rates among uninsured and Medicaid-enrolled Latino adults, as well as insured patients, on the Southwest side of Chicago through coordinated patient navigation, education and screening services. The Colorectal Cancer Pilot Project will provide colorectal education and screening linkage through their Care Coordinatation team to at least 1,000 patients ages 51 to 80. They aim to improve the colorectal cancer screening rate in their community from 48% to 60% by July 2016.

Organization Martin Luther King Health Center
Location Shreveport, LA 
Project Director Janet Mentesane
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
Martin Luther King Health Center will measure success by providing risk reduction and prevention education to at least 10,000 individuals and screening services and needed follow-up care for at least 350 medically disenfranchised residents in northwest Louisiana.  Through partnerships in the Shreveport area and outlying rural parishes, the  program will enable participants to access services closer to home. A key component is education to reduce the fear of screening and to promote the importance of early detection. Targeted cancers include breast, cervical, prostate, colon and head, neck and throat disease.

Organization Nevada Health Centers, Inc.
Location Carson City, NV
Project Director Colleen Petrosky
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
Nevada Health Centers will utilize their mobile mammography unit to provide mammography screenings to women who otherwise would not have access to them. The purpose of the program is to increase early detection of breast cancer through mammogram screenings and to help reduce breast cancer death rates. The community grant will support mammogram screenings for an additional 80 women (2,786 mammograms provided in 2014) in geographically isolated areas throughout Nevada. The Van will reach women in need by going to local grocery stores, churches and community centers.

Organization Mt. Sinai Breast Health Resource Program
Location New York, NY
Project Director Andrea Geduld
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
Mt. Sinai Breast Health Resource Program will implement the BreastCare, Education and Screening Program through a partnership with Greenhope Services for Women, a residential treatment program for formerly incarcerated and addicted black and Latina women. The program aims to educate 200 women and provide screening services to at least 40 women in New York. Addressing the needs of this high-risk population, many of whom with co-morbidities including HIV and Hepatitis and limited access to breast cancer screening, is a much-needed service.

Organization The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
Location Hurricane, WV
Project Director Elaine Darling
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description
The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc., will convene a statewide HPV Vaccination Stakeholder Summit in West Virginia, to improve and sustain HPV vaccination rates among 9 – 26 year-olds, in order to reduce the incidence and mortality due to HPV-related cancers. Stakeholders will create an action plan that includes the development of coordinated traditional and social media messages, training opportunities, policy recommendations and evidence based-strategy recommendations. The project will combat West Virginia’s staggeringly low HPV vaccination rates.