Announcing the 2016-2017 Komen Grant Recipients

Announcing the 2016-2017 Komen Grant Recipients

Diagnostic Services:

Valley Breast Center: 818-782-4234

‘Debbie Sacks’-

The Valley Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit arm of valley Breast Care and Women’s Health Center. The mission of the center is to stop the premature and preventable deaths of women from breast cancer. Through The Valley Breast Cancer Foundation the center seeks to provide timely access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment for underinsured and uninsured women.

The program will provide breast cancer diagnostic services for symptomatic women under the age of 40 & men of any age, residing in LA County. The key activities will be the provision of diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, & breast biopsies. The sub focus is related to breast cancer support services with the provision of breast prosthesis & wigs to cancer patients. The expected change the program will bring to the community is the removal of barriers to the access of breast cancer diagnostics and treatment.

White Memorial Medical Center: 323-260-5825

Eva Meyers

When detected early, cancer can often be completely curable. At White Memorial Medical Center, they are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, from screenings to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Their mission is to provide comprehensive cancer care for the community, combining sophisticated technology with a warm, caring touch.

White Memorial Hospital Medical Center will be providing breast diagnostic services for symptomatic women under 40 and men who reside in LA County. Services will include diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and core or fine needle biopsies. These procedures are necessary to arrive at a final diagnosis in a timely, comprehensive manner and in a convenient, patient-centered, compassionate environment. This facility also offers full scope treatment, ancillary, and support services. With a diagnosis of cancer, clients can be enrolled into BCCTP Medi-Cal and proceed with treatment without delay.

California Hospital Medical Center: 213-742-5526

Robertson, MaryAnn

Every woman deserves personalized, compassionate health services with the best and latest treatments available. The ultra-modern Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health at California Hospital Medical Center provides just that – a comprehensive range of breast health services with a nationally recognized team of doctors in a comfortable, calm setting.

Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health (LACWH ) a multi-specialty outpatient department of California Hospital Medical Center, will be providing diagnostic services for symptomatic women under 40 and men of any age. Funds will cover the full range of diagnostic services and follow-up for at least 100 symptomatic, uninsured women under 40. Services include mammography, breast ultrasound, core needle biopsy, and radiology and pathology services.

Patient Navigation Services:

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance: 714- 636-8828

Ashley Cheri-

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California.

OCAPICA’s Thai Women’s Health Project will serve low income, underserved Thai women with patient navigation services to improve their access to breast health and breast cancer treatment services . OCAPICA has a highly trained bicultural, bilingual patient navigator who will provide services across the cancer continuum of care model including breaking down the cultural barriers to seeking and adhering to screening and treatment, medical interpreting, transportation, health education and information, medication management, understanding screening procedures, compliance with treatment and follow up care, and improved patient-provider communication.

Support Services:

PALS for Health: 213- 553-1800

Mireya Muñoz-

PALS for Health has been providing a comprehensive approach to improving health care access for limited-English proficient (LEP) individuals in Southern California since 1993.  The mission is to improve the health care system’s understanding and support of LEP patients and families; to increase its capacity to provide quality interpretation/translation services; and to inform LEP patients and families of their right to these services and how to access them.

PALS for Health introduces Project Language Access for Support in Treatment (Project LAST), to provide supportive services to Latina and API women facing language barriers to care.  Project LAST will provide face-to-face medical interpretation during breast health care intake services, medical treatment appointments, and in support groups.  The project addresses the large population of LA County residents who are limited English proficient (LEP), a known barrier to medical care.

The overarching goal of Project LAST is to increase supportive services for the target population (patients, survivors, their family members, and caregivers) by enhancing the capacity of breast care providers to deliver services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.  Languages served include Arabic, Armenian, Chinese Cantonese, Mandarin, Teo-Chew, Taiwanese, Farsi, Japanese, Cambodian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry: 310- 968-2573

Rhonda Santifer-

Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry is a multicultural health organization for all cancer types. The ministry promotes and sustains the quality of life after cancer diagnosis through spiritual encouragement, education, and financial resources to the cancer fighter, survivor and their families – whether it be man, woman or child.

Once patients are diagnosed with cancer, the medical provisions are generally in place. What’s missing is the psychosocial support for day-to-day living during and after cancer treatment. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministries “Empowering Women with Breast Cancer” program, a community based project, will encourage healthy living among low income and underinsured African American women who have been touched by breast cancer in Los Angeles County. There will be psychosocial support group meetings to address the mental, physical, social, and spiritual concerns surrounding the survivor, and their families. The goal is to identify and strengthen positive coping mechanisms for survivors and their support systems. In addition, individual counseling will address more personal concerns. It is through these services that the Empowering Women with Breast Cancer program will encourage long term relationships with patients; ultimately increasing health outcomes of patients.

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance: 714- 636-8828

Ashley Cheri-

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California.

OCAPICA’s Thai Women’s Breast Health Project will serve low income, underserved Thai women with breast cancer through a support service project.  The services will include counseling and participation in a biweekly support group and other supportive services to assist the women and their families.

Cancer Support Community: 310 -314-2653

Anne Johnson-

To improve access to psychosocial care, eliminate health disparities, and improve quality of life, Cancer Support Community-Santa Monica will provide 2 weekly Spanish-language breast cancer support groups (daytime and evening) at White Memorial Medical Center for primarily monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinas with any stage of breast cancer and their families who are low-incomes or are underinsured. Each group will be led by a Latina Spanish-speaking licensed therapist; one group will incorporate stress management techniques. The goal of this culturally and linguistically sensitive program is to empower participants to take an active role in their physical and emotional recovery from breast cancer.

Project Angel Food: 323-845-1800

Ryan Teller-

As one of the most effective grassroots nonprofit agencies in the nation, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers over 500,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses.

Project Angel Food is a nutritional lifeline to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer who are unable to afford healthy meals due to housing and medical care expenses. The National Cancer Institute recognizes the importance of treating weight loss caused by cancer and its treatments. Healthy eating habits help maintain body weight and strength, keep body tissue healthy and fight off infection. Key project activities include the preparation and delivery of medically tailored meals, along with nutritional counseling conducted by our registered dietitians – starting with an initial assessment at the time of client enrollment in the service, followed by routine check-ins to monitor progress every 3 to 4 months.