Health — 27 May 2012
Saint Thomas Health Receives Grants From Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate to Help Women Access Mammography Services

NASHVILLE, TN — The Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded Saint Thomas Health two grants totaling $279,000 to help women access mammography services.

A second-year grant of $205,000 was awarded to provide mammography services for underserved populations in 16 Middle Tennessee counties through its Our Mission in Motion mobile mammography coach. The lack of mammography services in these areas and the uninsured or underinsured populations account for higher instances of noncompliance in screening mammography and higher death rates from breast cancer and late stage detection.

In addition, Komen has awarded Saint Thomas Health over $74,000 for the Multi-Ethnic Breast Health Outreach project to bring breast health care education and low-cost screenings to at-risk populations in medically underserved communities in Davidson and Rutherford Counties. This initiative brings culturally sensitive and language-specific breast health materials to African-American, Hispanic and Kurdish women in their own communities and provides potentially life-saving mammograms through the Saint Thomas Family Health Centers West and South in Nashville and the Saint Louise Clinic in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“We are grateful to the Komen Foundation for these grants that allow us to continue to serve the women of our community and provide potentially life-saving screenings to vulnerable populations,” said Retha Thomas, director of Saint Thomas Health Community Clinics.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Greater Nashville Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“At the Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered education, treatment and screenings were priorities for our 11 county service area,” said Patty Harman, affiliate executive director. “We are confident that through Saint Thomas Health’s mobile mammography coach and the multi-ethnic grant, women across Middle Tennessee will have low-cost access to the care they need.”

For more information about the Our Mission in Motion mobile mammography coach and how to schedule an appointment, visit www.ourmissioninmotion. com and for more information about cancer prevention and treatments at Saint Thomas Health, visit www.sths.com/canceror www.mycancersource.com.

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