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Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood

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 Komen Florida Suncoast

  • In our six counties, breast health screening and education services provided by grantees continued without interruption.
  • 8 of our 10 grantees provide mammograms to low-income, medically underserved women and men.
  • Planned Parenthood has not been a grantee of Komen Florida Suncoast.
  • A list of current grantees and a description of their services can be found below.

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  • Affiliates with existing Planned Parenthood grants are continuing to provide funding throughout the grant cycle.
  • Any Komen grants to Planned Parenthood are for breast health services only.
  • Komen requires contracts and regular reporting to ensure that all grantees are providing the breast health services specified in their applications.
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates are eligible to apply for future grants.

Komen Florida Suncoast Community Health Grantees
April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

$1.4 million granted in our community!

Funding by Program Type

Funding Breakdown 2012-2013

Screening Programs

Komen Florida Suncoast funds at least one breast cancer screening program in each of our six counties. Our screening programs serve both women and men who are low-income and unisured. If a screening program client has an abnormal mammogram, they will receive diagnostic services like ultrasounds and biopsies to determine if breast cancer is present. If the client receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, they receive their breast cancer treatment at no cost.

The following list shows the Komen Florida Suncoast screening grantees for 2012-13:

  • Hillsborough
    • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, Project TOUCH
    • Moffitt Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Screening for Underserved Women
  • Pasco
    • Pasco County Health Department, Healthy Women Today
  • Polk
    • We Care of Polk County, Project Think Pink
  • Sarasota
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Screening & Diagnostic Services
    • Sarasota County Health Department, Be Smart
  • Manatee
    • We Care Manatee, Mammography Voucher Program
  • Pinellas
    • Mammography Voucher Program

Education Programs

Breast cancer education is the second funding priority of Komen Florida Suncoast. We fund programs that demonstrate evidenced-based practices and work in high-risk communities in our service area. For 2012-13, Komen Florida Suncoast funded two education programs.

Community Health Workers Breast Health Awareness

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center works in partnership with the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee and the Newtown Wellness Program to train and utilize community health workers for the Hispanic and African-American communities in Manatee and Sarasota counties. CHWs host a variety of group and one-on-one education sessions throughout the year and refer uninsured attendees to local screening programs.

Farmworker Breast Cancer Education Initiative

Farmworker's Self Help, Inc., trains and utilizes Promotoras de Salud and Jovencias Promotoras de Salud - community health workers and young women in the farmworker community - to teach primarily Hispanic, undocumented, migrant women about breast cancer and breast health. They also link farmworker women with screening resources in the community.

Understanding Our Grant Process

Step 1: The Community Profile

The Community Profile is a community needs assessment that analyzes the impact of breast cancer in our six counties. We use data from Thompson-Reuters, interviews from health care providers, and focus gropu interviews with women in high-risk communities to determine what the breast health needs are for our community.

The Community Profile is updated every two years. The most current Community Profile uses data from 2009, interviews from 2010, and was published in 2011. To read and review the entire community profile, please visit this page.

The 2011 Community Profile focused on the significant breast health disparities facing the African-American communities in our six-county service area. The Community Profile identified four target zip codes with a large African-American population, a large uninsured population, and a high rate of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses:

  • 33605 in Ybor City, Hillsborough County
  • 33705 in South St. Petersburg, Pinellas County
  • 33815 in Lakeland, Polk County
  • 34234 in Newtown, Sarasota County

To address these disparities, Komen Florida Suncoast, in partnership with the Witness Project of Tampa Bay and Sistah's Surviving Breast Cancer, has created the Urban Minority Breast Health Advisory Council, to guide outreach efforts in these key areas.

Your Dollars At Work

In 2011-12, Komen Florida Suncoast funded $1.19 million in grants to eight non-profit organizations.

Our grantees

  • Provided
    • 3,500+ mammograms
    • 1,400+ ultrasounds
    • 250+ biopsies
  • Diagnosed 52 cases of breast cancer, all of whom received breast cancer treatment at no cost.
  • Served approximately
    • 2,000 Caucasians
    • 3,000 Hispanics
    • 1,500 African-Americans

The Need

Approximately 36% of women in our community over the age of 40 have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months, regardless of insurance status.

African-American women are disproportionately affected by late-stage breast cancer.

Step 2: Grant Applications

In the summer, Komen Florida Suncoast releases is Request for Applications (RFA) to organizations in Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit or government institution interested in funding a breast cancer education, screening, treatment support, or treatment navigation program.

The RFA outlines Komen Florida Suncoast's funding priorities, application information, and important dates.

Before the applications are due, Komen Florida Suncoast's staff provide a grant-writing workshop for applicants. This workshop goes over the application process and provides technical grant-writing assistance to the applicants.

Step 3: Independent Review Panel

After the applications are received, they undergo a rigorous evaluation conducted by an independent review panel. The review panel consists of members of the community with a background in breast cancer, public health, epidemiology, advocacy, and education. May review panelists bring the added perspective of a breast cancer survivor. To serve on the review panel, individuals must undergo a training process, as well as sign a Code of Ethics agreement to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist.

To minimize bias on the review panel, the panel is kept anonymous from all grant applicants and the Komen Florida Suncoast Board of Directors, who ultimately vote on the grant slate.

The panel reviews applications separately, then meets as a group to rank the applications based on their ability to meet Komen Florida Suncoast's funding priorities.

After each application is considered for funding, the review panel makes its recommendation of funding by creating a grant slate, a rank-order list of the applications in the order by which they should be funded. The Komen Florida Suncoast Board of Directors then votes to either approve or reject the grant slate in its entirety.

Before funding is released to the grantees, Komen Florida Suncoast requires each program to sign a contract to ensure mutual agreement on the programs and services to be provided.

Step 4: Progress Reports

All grantees are required to submit quarterly progress reports to Komen Florida Suncoast for review documenting the impact of the program. Additionally, Komen Florida Suncoast staff and Board conduct yearly site visits to see the programs in person.

Interested in Applying for a Grant from Komen Florida Suncoast?

Email to have your organization added to the Request for Applications distribution list.