Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen Philadelphia® to Provide Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostics to Underserved Populations


Woman receiving mammogram

More than $1.3 million in total grant money awarded will advance the breast cancer screening, treatment and support of 15 community organizations in 2015-2016.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia recently announced the awarding of $1,369,768 in grants to 15 organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer early detection and treatment, as well as support for patients, in 2015-2016. Thomas Jefferson University, one of the awardees, represents one of the finest healthcare, community and family service organizations from throughout Komen Philadelphia's fifteen-county service area, focused on outreach providing access to vital breast health services for women in need.

For the 2015-2016 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed the more than $1.3 million in grants to support breast health education, awareness, screening, and treatment initiatives specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women. The grant period runs from April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016.

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University received a Komen Philadelphia Community Grant for screening and diagnostic services, which provides uninsured and or underinsured women with Breast Cancer screening and diagnostic services. (See below for a more complete program description.)

"Over the years our Community Grants Program has driven great progress in educating and motivating women to talk about breast cancer, practice early detection and prioritize their breast heath," said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. "This progress means more women than ever are now seeking help, and our current grantees are at the ready to deliver with free mammograms and treatment. This new era is about leveling the playing for ALL women to survive."

"This $100,000 grant will help us provide services to 300 women in our community, and help guide and support them through difficult treatment and diagnostic decisions,” said Celeste Vaughan Briggs, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker and Screening Program Manager, at Thomas Jefferson University.

"Komen Philadelphia has a responsibility to the 3.7 million women we serve to assure EVERY one of them has ready access to the doctors, services and support that save lives," said Grobman. "Together, Komen Philadelphia and our grantees are making sure that happens. By doing this, as well as our continued support of research, we move ever closer to FINISHING this fight ... that is, seeing the day when every one diagnosed with breast cancer is unconditionally assured to survive it."

Distributing Grant Funds

Komen Philadelphia distributes grants to organizations that work with the medically underserved, including uninsured and underinsured individuals and those individuals who may not receive adequate care because of barriers such as language, cultural differences and fear. The outreach spans the Komen Philadelphia service area of: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE. Grants are made possible by the organization's family of supporters – ranging from Race for the Cure sponsors and participants, to educational program sponsors, to individual donors – all making a very tangible impact in their communities through the work of Komen Philadelphia and its grantees.

Komen Philadelphia's rigorous grantee selection process assures funded programs uphold the integrity of the Komen name and meet the needs of diverse communities throughout its service area. In total, the programs funded by 2015-2016 Komen Philadelphia grants are expected to accomplish the following:

  • Screening mammograms: 5,118
  • Clinical breast exams: 1,480
  • Diagnostic services: 2,587
  • Health insurance counseling sessions: 645
  • Transportation assistance: 862
  • Temporary Gap Funding/financial assistance: 62
  • Interpretation/translation hours: 431
  • Education & outreach contacts: 10,455

A complete list of 2015-2016 grantees, grant type and funded program for each is available at

The 2015-2016 Komen Philadelphia Community Grant money is a result of the organization's fund-raising efforts throughout 2014, the largest contributor being the annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure®. Komen Philadelphia is hopeful this year's Race (Mother's Day, May 10) will help drive event greater grant resources for the years ahead.

About Jefferson's Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Program

The Jefferson Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Program will continue providing breast care to eligible women, from initial screening to final diagnosis and into survivorship. Using patient navigation, an evidence-based approach, Jefferson will link uninsured and/or underinsured women with screening, diagnostic and/or treatment services at Jefferson's Breast Care Center. The Patient Navigator guides women through the continuum of care, from screening through treatment and also provides counseling, support and help locating resources. As stated in the Komen Philadelphia Quantitative Data report, the incidence rate for breast cancer in the Affiliate service area was significantly higher than observed for the State of Pa. Additionally, the report states the breast cancer death rate in the Affiliate area was slightly higher than observed in US.

About Susan G. Komen Philadelphia

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia® is part of Susan G. Komen, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. In the past 24 years, Komen Philadelphia has distributed approximately $55.5 million in grants to local organizations, funded more than 155,000 mammograms for women in need in its service area, and contributed approximately $23 million to breast cancer research. Through grants and Komen Philadelphia outreach initiatives targeting a diversity of communities, the organization empowers people in a 15-county service area: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE; Camden County, NJ. Outreach ranges from mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment for women in need, to education, counseling and other forms of support, to programs for breast cancer survivors.

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Jefferson University Hospitals
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