Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness Program to HCC
Healthy Community Coalition recognized with support from national program
February 14, 2011
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $55,000 one-year grant to Healthy Community Coalition to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the 10th year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.
The breast health program at Healthy Community Coalition will educate area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also provide scheduling and logistical assistance to women throughout Greater Franklin County to help ensure women receive timely breast care and follow up. Women who would like to arrange to receive a free mammogram can contact Jennifer McCormack, RN, at the Healthy Community Coalition at 779-2926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1995, the Breast Health Outreach Program at Healthy Community Coalition has provided education about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, referred women for mammograms and clinical breast exams, and has provided transportation and other assistance to women facing difficulty accessing care.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the Breast Health Outreach Program at Healthy Community Coalition help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.
“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to reach women throughout Greater Franklin County with education and screening services,” says Ms. McCormack, Program Coordinator.
Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the breast health outreach program at Healthy Community Coalition. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.
The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer Crusade
The Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women's environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. Since the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition to receiving generous support from Avon Products, Inc., and its sale of Avon “pink ribbon” products, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising source.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund's National Advisory Board selected the Breast Health Outreach Program at Healthy Community Coalition as one of 125 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2010 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.
For more Information
For more information on the Breast Health Outreach Program at Healthy Community Coalition, please call Jennifer McCormack, RN at 779-2926. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or www.cancer.gov.
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