Susan G. Komen® Dallas County is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Dallas County. Komen Dallas County is investing more than $1 million in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs that serve uninsured and underinsured Dallas County residents. To learn more about how these programs and services are selected for funding by Komen Dallas County click here.
2014-2015 Komen Dallas County Community Grant Recipients
Bridge Breast Network
The Bridge Breast Network (BBN) Bridging Breast Healthcare Access is a comprehensive program that includes breast health education, patient navigation, and diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women, men and adolescents in Dallas County. The BBN strives to reduce barriers to access and the incidence of late stage breast cancer by providing services for those that have fallen through the cracks in the current healthcare system. Their comprehensive network includes 300 medical providers and 150 community partners. Each works hand-in-hand to ensure a continuum of care from screening mammograms, to diagnostic services for individuals that are symptomatic or receive an abnormal screening mammogram, to breast cancer treatment for those receiving a positive diagnosis.
Methodist Health System
Methodist Health System, in conjunction with local congregations and community organizations, seeks to provide breast health education and screening mammography services to the medically under-served of Dallas County. The program’s goal is to increase accessibility of breast health services at convenient and familiar locations. Education will be offered to women 18 years and older that attend outreach and health fair events and mobile mammography sites. Screening mammograms will be offered to women 40 years old or older at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center and various community locations throughout southern Dallas County by use of Methodist’s mobile mammography unit. Diagnostic services will be offered at Methodist Dallas and Methodist Charlton Medical Centers and will include clinic visits (as needed for breast care), diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies.
Parkland Health & Hospital
Parkland’s Breast Health Outreach Initiative began in 1990 to provide breast cancer screening, prevention and intervention services to Dallas County residents. This program embodies Parkland’s mission to serve the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved women in Dallas County who might otherwise not receive this critical health service and education. Through its mobile mammography unit, Parkland provides mammography screenings, case management and breast education. The success of the program is attributed to the mobile unit’s presence in the neighborhoods of underserved women which makes preventive care more readily accessible, removes economic barriers, detects breast cancer in its earliest stages and refers patients for further treatment if needed. As part of this grant, Parkland also will be able to offer diagnostic services to eligible patients in need of additional tests.
UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas
UT Southwestern Breast Imaging Services extends its digital mobile mammography unit in local Dallas County communities to increase utilization of mammography as a screening tool. This effort encompasses education screening and regular participation of uninsured Dallas County women who might not otherwise receive screening mammography. The mobile mammography unit serves to provide a digital, life-saving screening mammogram to women in the most convenient way possible, near home or work, with personalized service.
YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The purpose of YW Women’s Health is to mobilize low-income, uninsured or underinsured women to make breast health a life-long habit. The program expands access to quality breast health services through a continuum of care to include education, mammogram screenings, diagnostic exams, transportation assistance, outreach and access to treatment. YW Patient Navigators guide women through the breast health system, connecting them to needed ancillary resources and supports. All services are offered in English and Spanish. Believing that lives are saved through early detection, YW Women’s Health is committed to providing a coordinated continuum of services to at-risk women in Dallas County.