GRAND RAPIDS, MI – APRIL 13, 2019 – Susan G. Komen Michigan today announced $269,411 in new community grants for 2019. These awards help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services, and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies, and financial assistance. These vital programs also support Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

This year’s local Komen grants were awarded to:

  • Catherine’s Health Center- Count Me In
    • Count Me In helps at-risk women in Greater GR. They educate 900 women about breast health, assist with accessing free or low-cost breast services, provide 290 Clinical Breast Exams and refer for 265 mammograms, help those with abnormal screening access timely and complete care and provide reminders for annual exams.


  • Hackley Community Care Center- Hackley Community Care Breast Health Program
    • Hackley Community Care Breast Health Program is to offer education, screening, and diagnostic services to low-income women and men in Muskegon County. Key activities include screening and diagnostic mammograms and/or MRI’s to uninsured/underinsured women and men, and education to women and men in our community, particularly African American and Hispanic.


  • Holland Hospital- Access to Screening and Diagnostic Services, Education, and Community Navigation.
    • Holland Hospital will provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to women in Ottawa County who cannot afford these services and who are not eligible for government assistance or other funding. This grant will also have a bilingual community health worker (CHW) to target areas with an emphasis on the Hispanic population to provide education and community navigation assistance.


  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s- Lacks Cancer Center Supporting Women and Survivorship
    • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will offer screening & diagnostic access for uninsured women, focusing on Black/African American & Hispanic/Latina women in Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Counties. Secondly, they will offer life-enhancing classes designed for breast cancer survivors. Utilizing community health workers in our Community Benefit clinics, education will be provided to dispel fear & myths, decrease access issues & enable patients to be screened. 


  • Michigan State University- Pink Impact: Breast Care at Michigan State University
    • The Pink Impact Breast Cancer at MSU Project will address unequal access and lack of medical coverage that impacts early detection and screening, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Individuals in racial/ethnic minority groups, low-income, uninsured and rural individuals who suffer disproportionately due to limited access to health care will be served. The program will target underserved communities in the Mid-Michigan area to build trusting relationships through patient navigation, direct provision of care, education, and survivorship resources provided free to patients. They will deliver educational outreach to the Latinx, African American, and low-income community, along with a survivorship program focusing on lifestyle intervention strategies.


  • Spectrum Health Foundation- Community Partnerships Providing a Full Continuum of Breast Care
    • This returning grant-funded project will continue to increase access to breast care services by reducing barriers, providing culturally appropriate patient & community navigation, education, diagnostic testing & mobile screening for residents of Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo, Ottawa, Berrien, VanBuren & Muskegon Counties while targeting African American, Hispanic & rural residents who are un or underinsured & don’t qualify for other programs.


  • YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing- Turning Point Breast Cancer Survivor Program Expansion
    • The Turning Point Program is a healthy lifestyle project which targets at-risk breast cancer patients as well as survivors by providing them with physical, social and emotional health and support so as to reduce the side effects of treatment, provide support in remission and to ultimately improve their long-term quality of life. This program will drastically enlarge the work of the Turning Point Program by expanding the site locations to two of Komen’s high priority counties by partnering with the YMCA of Southwest Michigan. This expansion will add two new locations: Benton Harbor-St. Joseph (Berrien) YMCA and Niles-Buchanan (Cass) YMCA. All programs at all locations will run for 47 weeks of fitness and yoga focusing on stress reduction, physical activity, educational and social engagement under the guidance of trained instructors with evidence-based outcomes.


“Historically, Komen Michigan has been known for its ability to respond to the ever-changing needs of healthcare. There are still thousands of men and women here in our state who don’t have access to basic healthcare, and we are striving to help diminish that” said Sarah Hockin, Mission Director of Komen Michigan.


Over the last 20 years, Komen Michigan has funded over $12 million in community breast health programs across 24 counties, filling the gap for much-needed services.


“We are so thankful for the friends, family, and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in Michigan, both on the ground and through research,” said Sarah.


About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Michigan

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Michigan is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen Michigan has invested more than $12 million in community breast health programs in 24 counties within the State of Michigan and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research

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Sarah Hockin

Susan G. Komen® Michigan

616-752-8262 x2016