Current Grantees

Susan G. Komen® East TN is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in 24 counties. Komen East TN is investing more than $9.7 in screening, education and patient assistance programs that serve uninsured or under-insured 24 counties’ residents.

Since we have joined forces mid-year, we have listed both the Tri-Cities and Knoxville grantees.

These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or under-insured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen East TN is not a direct service provider.

2015 – 2016 Knoxville Community Grantees

Cathy L. Hodges Memorial Cancer Foundation

Project: Helping with Life’s Necessities

The Cathy L. Hodges Memorial Cancer Foundation was formed in 1995 with donations received from friends, relatives and acquaintances in memory of Cathy Hodges, whose courageous battle with breast cancer lasted more than eight years.  During that time, she and her family encountered many other cancer patients whose battle for life included financial deficiencies making it difficult to meet their basic needs. It was her desire to have this Foundation established to help those in need. This grant assists breast cancer patients with assistance for food, clothing, housing, transportation, utilities, etc.

Celebrate Life Cancer Support Group

Project: Celebrate Life Enriching and Renewing (C.L.E.A.R)

“Project C.L.E.A.R.” reaches out to rural patients with assistance during their lowest point in battling breast cancer. Women are encouraged to share with other cancer patients during monthly group meetings. Project C.L.E.A.R. also provides direct financial assistance to patients in need of support, delivers snack foods to treatment facilities in Morristown and Sevier County for those patients there long hours without meals, and stocks a “Love Closet” with donated items patients may need during treatment, but are unable to afford.

Compassion in Action
Project: Treatment Support for Breast Cancer Patients to Assist in Eliminating the Financial Barriers to Care

Compassion in Action offers financial assistance for those currently in treatment. Assistance may include help with food, rent, utilities, and gas costs.  Survivors from every county and facility within the service area are eligible.

Dayspring Family Health Center

Project: Breast Health Outreach Program

The Dayspring Family Health Center in Jellico, TN is a not-for-profit rural community health center that is founded on the belief that everyone should have access to affordable quality health care. Dayspring’s Breast Health Outreach Program, in collaboration with Jellico Community Hospital, provides breast health awareness and mammography screening to uninsured/under-insured women in Campbell County and surrounding areas.

Rural Medical Services, Inc.

Project: Bilingual Breast Screening and Treatment Support in Five East TN Counties

Rural Medical Services, Inc. targets low-income, uninsured and under-insured women of all races and ethnicities in Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier counties in order to provide breast cancer screening, education, outreach, and resource information. This includes financial assistance for patients in active treatment, clinical breast exams, and screening mammograms for women ages 40-49, as well as case management and Spanish translation for screenings, diagnostics, and treatment.

Tennessee Department of Health-Breast and Cervical Screening Program

Project: The Breast Screening and Treatment Program

The Breast Screening and Treatment for Tennessee Women Project targets uninsured and under-insured women in the Knoxville Affiliate service area for breast cancer screening and diagnostic testing, if necessary.  Eligibility and clinical breast exams are completed at the county health department and women are referred out to area providers for mammograms and other diagnostics.  The goals of the project are to serve women by improving access, explaining procedures and providing case management as necessary. If applicable, women diagnosed with breast cancer are immediately enrolled in TennCare for treatment.

University of Tennessee Medical Center, Cancer Institute

Project: UT Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)

The UT Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program is a program focused on improving access while reducing barriers to digital screening mammograms, clinical breast exams, and diagnostic testing.  The UT BHOP increases access to care by offering screening mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women on the UT mobile mammography unit at convenient locations in the Komen Knoxville 16-county service area.  A comprehensive navigation program for appropriate diagnostic and follow-up care is utilized through UT Breast Care Service when indicated.  In addition, educational programs are provided in the service area counties.

University of Tennessee Medical Center, Cancer Institute

Project: Restoring Lives: The Impact of Support Throughout the Breast Cancer Experience

Restoring Lives offers financial assistance for those women and men diagnosed with breast cancer who are currently in treatment or have been treated within the past six months as well as those with advanced disease who may be receiving palliative care. Survivors from every county and facility within the service area are eligible. Financial assistance offered includes help with transportation costs related to treatment, food, housing, utilities, wigs, lymphedema sleeves, prostheses, and medications.  The grant will also fund treatment support networks for African-American breast cancer survivors and young breast cancer survivors.

2015 – 2016 Tri-Cities Community Grantees

CUMBERLAND PLATEAU HEALTH DISTRICT- Virginia Department of Health
Screening and Healthy Lifestyles Save Lives
Cumberland Plateau Health District serves the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell, VA.  They provide breast health & healthy living lifestyle information and serve the uninsured/underinsured, low income and rarely screened women age 40-49.


ETSU RESEARCH FOUNDATION- ETSU College of Nursing
Improving Access to Breast Cancer Screening in Northeast TN
The project provides patient education, program navigation, and no cost screening mammograms to income eligible uninsured/underinsured women in our community and rural health centers, for a total of 9 services locations throughout Northeast TN.


LAUGLIN HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION
Tell Your Mom, Save a Life… and More
This program works to motivate female high school students in Greene County to become active participants in their own breast health while promoting mammography to other women in their lives.  Women with a financial need who meet guidelines will receive a free screening mammogram, if needed.


MOUNT ROGERS HEALTH DISTRICT- Virginia Department of Health
Hope Network
Mount Roger’s program is a breast cancer and screening outreach program that works to increase breast cancer screenings in Washington County, Smyth County, and Bristol City, Virginia.  Qualifying women with financial need will receive clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, and diagnostic testing as needed.  Breast health education and patient navigation assistance is also provided.


UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MEDICAL CENTER- Cancer Institute
Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
BHOP provides mobile mammography services, along with diagnostic follow-up exams for underinsured/uninsured for women in rural Hancock County, targeting an underserved population.


WELLMONT FOUNDATION on behalf of Wellmont Health System
Project Access to Breast Care (Project ABC)
Project ABC works to increase the accessiblity of screening mammograms of women in East TN and Scott County, VA, who otherwise do not qualify for services already available in their community.  The program is a collaborative effort between area organizations working to serve a population of women who otherwise may not receive necessary breast health services.