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The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation congratulates the 2017 Grant recipients. The Grants were presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons.

2017 Foundation Grant Recipients


Research Grant:

Exploring Surgeon Variability in Recommendations for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Cindy Matsen MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Grant Focus: The American Society of Breast Surgeons recently published a consensus statement on CPM and provided recommendations for surgeon participation in decision making and a framework for shared decision making. The statement explicitly states that surgeons should give a recommendation for or against CPM during the consultation, but it is not clear how many breast surgeons are aware of the statement or what factors they would use to make recommendations for or against CPM in their consultations.  The purpose of this grant is to explore what factors surgeons use to make these recommendations through a survey of self-identified breast surgeons.


Community Outreach Grants:

‘Just Ask’ Program - Trains Hairstylists, Cosmetologists and Nail Technicians to Deliver Health Education Messages

Jennifer Murray, President, TN Cancer Consortium
TN Cancer Consortium and Vanderbilt Breast Center, Brentwood TN

Grant Focus: This grant will help fund 'Just Ask',  an evidence-based intervention that trains hairstylists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians to deliver health education messages to their female clientele specific to women's cancers.  Training sessions include presentations from healthcare professionals about breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers, the risks & screenings, interactive activities on how to approach the subject with clients, and local resources for under and uninsured.  The target areas are those with highest rates of breast cancer mortality, under and uninsured, and African American women in Davidson County, TN.

Dana-Farber's Mammography Van Providing Screenings and Education to Medically Underserved Women

Magnolia Contreras, Director, Community Benefits
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA

Grant Focus: Dana-Farber's Mammography Van provides state-of-the-art breast cancer screenings and breast health education to medically underserved women in Boston's high priority, low-income communities.  This grant will help fund the Van's operations in these neighborhoods, ensuring that socioeconomic barriers to cancer screenings and education do not deter at-risk women from receiving treatment and support.


Education Grants:

Project TEMPLE (Teaching, Educating, Mentoring, Preventing, Learning, Empowering) Breast Health Education Program

Chesley Cheatham M.Ed. MCHES, Manager, Community Outreach
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland OH

Grant Focus: Project TEMPLE (Teaching, Educating, Mentoring, Preventing, Learning, Empowering) is a collaborative effort to increase understanding of breast health and ease access to breast cancer screening for women of color in Greater Cleveland.  The program includes culturally-tailored breast health education for African-American women aged 18 and over.  The intent is to decrease disparities associated with accessing breast services.


Breast Health Education and Awareness Program in a Low Income, Underserved Area in Maine
Janis Walker, Program Manager
Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington ME

Grant Focus: Grant funds will be used to educate women in Greater Franklin County, Maine about the importance of timely breast health screenings.  In addition, women will learn about the financial assistance available to them for breast health services including pre-screening and post-diagnosis assistance.  Women will be offered help reducing barriers to access to care and assistance in connecting them to the appropriate services.



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