The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation congratulates the 2019 Grant recipients. The Grants were presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons in Dallas, TX.
2019 Foundation Grant Recipients
Program Title: Understanding Patients’ Perspectives on Factors that Contribute to Socioeconomic Disparities in the Receipt of Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction
Recipient: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Grant Focus: Although the use of post-mastectomy reconstruction has increased steadily over the past decade, disparities persist for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Previous research has identified broad, largely patient-level categories associated with reconstruction, but does not provide the granular data needed to inform intervention development. This research will address this gap by surveying breast cancer survivors to identifying the influential patient, provider, and system-level factors that determine socioeconomically disadvantaged patients’ receipt of reconstruction.
Community Outreach Grants:
Program Title: Breast Health Outreach & Education Program
Recipient: Health Community Coalition, Maine
Grant Focus: Decreased funding in Maine for breast health initiatives have restricted access and awareness of the existence of the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program and other locally-funded breast cancer assistance programs and the importance of timely breast health screenings. In addition, many women are left uninsured due to the insurable gap between MaineCare and Marketplace Health Insurance due to the absence of MaineCare expansion. This program aims to increase screening and education in Greater Franklin County, Maine.
Program Title: BEAT – Breast Health Education Access and Treatment
Recipient: TOPPS, Inc., Arkansas
Grant Focus: Evidence set forth in the 2015 Community Profile reports that women in the target communities of Arkansas County, St. Francis County, Southwest Region and Southeast Region have below median income, below median education, above state median uninsured rate, and are below the state average on usage of any breast health service. The program aims to help reduce the late stage incidence and mortality rates and reduce the lack of education and economics amongst women and residents of all ages in low-income, high poverty areas. The B.E.A.T actively serves the medically underserved in southeast Arkansas.
Program Title: Breast Health & Cancer Education in Rural Central Washington
Recipient: Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Washington
Grant Focus: The poverty rate in Kittitas County is 18.2% (compared to the state average of 13%), and the county holds the highest medically uninsured population at 14.5% in the entire state of Washington. This program will cover free mammograms and further diagnostics needed for patients in need of financial assistance. Additionally, women will be offered help reducing barriers to access care and assistance in connecting them to appropriate services.