Supportive Oncology Phoenix Initiative

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Together, Susan G. Komen Michigan and Henry Ford Cancer Institute are partnering with the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP), Crystal Flash, Jackson YMCA, Polly’s Country Markets, Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services, and Ann Arbor State Bank will launch the newly established Supportive Oncology Phoenix Initiative (SOPI) .

SOPI will focus on cancer detection and navigation for populations impacted by health inequities that exist due to social, economic, and or environmental factors, often beyond their control. The goal of the Supportive Oncology Phoenix Initiative is to connect patients to available community resources and ease issues related to awareness, education, system access, language barriers and more. This initiative directly supports Komen’s goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026, along with the Henry Ford Cancer Institute’s mission of collaborating with community-based organizations to reach the underserved.

The initiative was publicly launched in August at Phoenix Rising, a family event hosted by the Jackson YMCA, Henry Ford Cancer Institute and Komen Michigan at Cascades Park. The event gave attendees the chance to interact with local community partners participating in the SOPI.  The Event was held at  Cascade’s Park Fishery in Jackson, Michigan.

“Through partnerships created with local Jackson non-profits and businesses, The SOPI brings life-saving interventions to individuals that would otherwise not be available.  A team of enthusiastic, committed individuals have been diligently shaping the SOPI over the past year.  This team is excited to see the amazing impact this initiative will achieve. This is a world–class initiative based on the common goal of keeping our community healthy.” – Erica Bills, Komen Michigan, Executive Director

The SOPI starts with education and outreach, leads to screenings and potential breast cancer diagnosis, and ends with a ground-breaking approach to Survivorship Care Planning.

Available dates for outreach and screening will be available at the end of September, with the goal of screening over 300 women and men in Jackson County.  If you would like information about the program, email and Komen Michigan will keep you informed of newly available dates, or visit:,, and


Komen Michigan

Jackson YMCA

Polly’s County Markets

Jackson Area Transportation Authority

Henry Ford Cancer Institute

Ann Arbor State Bank

Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services



Komen Michigan Launches Statewide Program with Henry Ford Cancer Institute and the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation



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