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2016 -2017 Community Grant Recipients
We are pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in our service area. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.
Castle Medical Center opened its doors in 1963 in response to the urgent need for a medical facility on the Windward side of Oahu. As the primary acute care medical facility located on the Windward side of Oahu, Castle Medical Center, is committed to offering access to clinical breast exams and mammography screening services to a greater number of residents from rural areas targeting the uninsured and underserved of Laie and Waimanalo. As part of its “Fifty Fifty Capital Campaign” Castle recently opened a new outpatient diagnosis center, complete with a tomosynthesis system and two premium ultrasounds, to enhance its overall breast care program. Individuals will be served through the Breast Health Patient Navigation and Wellness Program and will be more effectively connected to a primary care physician with the opening of two new community health clinics to aid in an increase in those who progress through the continuum of care.
Kalihi-Palama Health Center (KPHC) has been providing culturally appropriate primary care services to the community for over 40 years. KPHC provides breast cancer screening services through the State of Hawaii, Department of Health’s BCCCP (HBCCCP); however, HBCCCP targets 50-64 year old women for breast cancer screening and there are more women in need of services outside these parameters. Susan G. Komen Hawaii grant funds allow KPHC to continue its Breast Screening Program to include uninsured or underinsured women 40-49 years old, 20-39 years old and women over 64 years old with high risk symptoms.
Established by community leaders in 1972, Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) was founded to provide healing and reconciliation to the people of Kalihi Valley. More than 40 years later KKV has evolved into a comprehensive center with innovative programs that directly address the needs of the community such as its culturally-appropriate, community based breast health program. The program reaches a large Community of underserved Samoan, Micronesian and Filipina women supported by multilingual staff and peer educators who expand outreach and educational efforts within these populations.
Incorporated in 2004 as Lanai Women’s Center, the organization which evolved into Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC) is seen as a leader in women’s health. LCHC provides culturally sensitive, badly needed services to the community, focusing on the uninsured and underinsured residents who suffer from social and health disparities. LCHC has an established record of success in delivering breast health services utilizing funding from Susan G. Komen grants. Lanai Community Health Center has just constructed a 6800 sq. ft. facility. The modern, state of the art facility will house its breast health program.
The Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation (MMMCF) was formed in 1997 to solely serve Maui Memorial Medical Center with a mission “to support the health and wellness of the community of Maui and our visitors by ensuring that MMMCF has the resources needed to provide the highest level of medical care.” Maui Memorial Medical Center, the only acute care hospital on the island, is barrier free, with services provided to anyone who seeks care regardless of race, gender, economic status, disability or language. The Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Breast Cancer Screening Program supported by funds from Komen Hawaii, assists those in need progress through the continuum of care and helps to guide to all of the available resources to assure positive outcomes.
Molokai General Hospital (MGH) provides acute care; low risk obstetrical services and is the only facility that provides emergency room services to residents and visitors to Molokai. MGH is a part of The Queen’s Health Systems, which aims to bring expanded healthcare capabilities to the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. MGH’s Kukui Patient Navigation Program and The Ho’okele Ola project focus on community outreach to educate with cultural appropriateness and to increase breast health screenings and breast cancer treatment to those in the community who are the least compliant in having annual mammograms.
The Pacific Cancer Foundation (PCF) started with a gift from a cancer patient who wanted to establish a non-profit to support other cancer patients in their fight. The Pacific Cancer Foundation provides free support services for Maui County’s cancer community with a mission to provide access, knowledge and support to all those whose lives have been touched by cancer. PCF provides patient navigation, nutritional support and support groups for cancer patients and survivors. Visiting specialists are brought in form Oahu three times each month eliminating the need for trips to Oahu by patients for screenings and or treatments. Twice monthly, it sponsors a high risk breast cancer clinic. Partnering with the Mana’olana Pink Paddlers Canoe Club provides breast cancer patients and survivors exercise and support.
Waimanalo Health Center (WHC) saw its’ first patients in 1992 and has remained committed to providing the highest level of primary and preventative health services with special attention to the needs of the medically underserved and improving the health and wellness of individuals regardless of their ability to pay. WHC is the only participating BCCCP site in the Ko`olaupoko area of Oahu. There are no other programs that provide the extensive, culturally sensitive outreach and enabling services the Waimanalo Health Center provides in breast cancer screening and services. WHC provides transportation, education and support services that encourage and enable women and men to access breast cancer screenings.