Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Deadline: August 19, 2016
Award Ceiling: $60,000
The mission of the Avon BHOP is to navigate medically underserved women and men to breast health education, screening and treatment services. Medically underserved populations– including low income, un- or under-insured, and other marginalized populations – need targeted, customized approaches to enable them to obtain regular screening mammograms and clinical breast exams. Successful programs include:
- culturally-competent educational strategies
- dedicated outreach, education and navigation staff, with specialized language and communications skills, who can reach women where they live, work and worship, and
- personalized assistance to those who have difficulty accessing healthcare.
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has funded community-based programs designed to improve utilization of regular breast cancer screening by at-risk populations (for example, minority and under-insured) since 1993. Despite improvements in the availability of free and low-cost screening services supported through the Affordable Care Act and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), disparities in utilization of mammography persist. Socioeconomically disadvantaged women and recent immigrants have lower rates of mammography screening, and may be less likely to receive appropriate treatment and followup care.
Therefore, the Avon BHOP will seek to support programs that:
- recruit women for both first time screening and annual screening;
- develop partnerships between community-based outreach and patient navigation providers and local medical providers;
- work with healthcare providers to ensure timely and appropriate clinical follow-up of abnormal screening results;
- educate young people about individual breast cancer risk, and when necessary and appropriate, help link them to services; and
- educate older people about Medicare coverage of annual screening mammograms and assist them in obtaining the service from providers who accept Medicare.
The Avon BHOP encourages programs to implement evidence-based strategies to increase utilization of breast cancer screening. In addition to reducing out-of-pocket expenses by linking clients with free or low-cost screening services, these strategies include:
- use of client reminders (letters, postcards, or phone calls); small media (videos, brochures, or newsletters);
- one-on-one education (in person or by phone, in clinical or non-clinical settings);
- removal of structural barriers though the provision of transportation, mobile screening, flexible hours, language interpretation or translation, and/or childcare assistance).
The Avon BHOP plans to award 1-year grants covering the funding period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Grant funds will be awarded through a competitive process to approximately 55 community-based programs and/or healthcare agencies. The majority of the grants will range from $30,000 to $60,000, with most grants averaging $45,000 for the yearlong funding period.