Komen San Diego’s Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Community Partners & Awards $1.2 Million to fund County Breast Health Services

Komen San Diego’s Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Community Partners & Awards $1.2 Million to fund San Diego County’s Largest Free Breast Cancer Services and Research Program 

Susan G. Komen San Diego’s annual awards ceremony, “The Suzy Awards,” brings together nearly 200 individuals to honor outstanding partners and volunteers in the community. The event took place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego. Komen San Diego announced and celebrated the $1.2 million raised to fund free breast cancer services and research from 2017 through 2018 to their nonprofit and research partners here locally.

“The fight against breast cancer unites Komen San Diego, our various community partners, volunteers and staff,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “Like any battle, it is important to have a team in your corner cheering you on, and ‘The Suzy Awards’ is the place to not only acknowledge one another, but also celebrate the impact we are making in our community. We have come a long way in the fight on breast cancer, but there is still a lot of work to be done.” The Komen San Diego staff adopted the Rosie the Riveter theme and dressed up as the iconic womanpower character to symbolize the courage and “We Can Do It” spirit. 

“The Suzy Awards” honored the following outstanding partners whose efforts have helped in the fight against breast cancer:

  • Community Partner of the Year: Sycuan Casino
  • Legislator of the Year: Senator Toni Atkins, 39th Senate District
  • Partner in the Promise: Teresa Blanco, Northgate Gonzalez Markets
  • All-Star Volunteer & Mensch: Marsha Friend Berkson
  • Empowering Women 125: ZLAC
  • Grantee of the Year: Vista Community Clinic Photo Credit: Karen Cox 

Komen San Diego Grants 2017-18

Komen San Diego provides the community with the following breast health services through grants to organizations to increase access to early detection and quality treatment: food assistance, transportation assistance, care coordination, cancer diagnostics, education, patient navigation and research. With over $1.2 million being granted in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and research, and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of their breast cancer journey.

The following organizations were awarded grants for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year:

Care Coordination

  • 2-1-1 San Diego –2-1-1 San Diego serves all of San Diego County, including all areas supported by Komen San Diego. 2-1-1 provides three tiers of service that allow people to access screenings, diagnoses, treatment and follow-up care.
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) help low-income breast cancer patients overcome barriers to treatment and receive supportive services.

Free Mammograms – Mobile Mammography 

  • Community Health Imaging Centers of San Diego – The mobile mammography coach can be scheduled up to seven days a week to reach women where they live, work, play and pray to remove barriers to getting screened. The coach will provide clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and limited biopsies in the community. All uninsured, underinsured or low-income individuals can be screened for free on the coach.

Cancer Diagnostics 

  • Health Quality Partners – Diagnostic services (e.g., mammography, surgical consultations, breast biopsies, ultrasounds and ancillary services) to low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals (women and men) are provided.

Financial Assistance

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Jewish Family Service of San Diego will provide financial aid, financial planning to low-income breast cancer patients with critical financial needs.

Transportation 

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Jewish Family Service of San Diego will provide transportation assistance to low-income breast cancer patients with critical transportation needs.

Patient Navigation 

  • Vista Community Clinic – This program provides patient navigation services to North San Diego County women with abnormal breast screenings.
  • La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. – This project will focus on coordination and improving access to and timely utilization of breast health services at any point after an abnormal breast imaging for primarily underserved, low-income and minority populations. Patients are guided through and around barriers in the complex cancer system, and to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. has a comprehensive referral arrangement set up with University of California San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center for patients with abnormal breast finding diagnoses.

Food Assistance 

  • Mama’s Kitchen – The community needs a no-cost meal delivery service for individuals and families affected by breast cancer and in need of nutritional support. Three meals a day are provided to a breast cancer patient and her family.

Education 

  • Family Health Centers of San Diego – The Family Health Centers of San Diego will bring awareness to women in the community about breast health and cancer prevention and help increase access to the appropriate services through community outreach.
  • San Diego Black Nurses Inc. – To reduce the incidence of late stage breast cancer among African American women 40 and above, “Keeping Abreast of our Needs” addresses the absence of consistent and accurate breast health and cancer information in the African American Community.  
  • San Ysidro Health Center – POWER / PODER is a culturally proficient breast health education and referral program serving African Americans and Latinas living in San Diego County’s South and Southeastern regions. Women in these communities experience higher rates of poverty, unemployment, lack of insurance, and breast cancer risk due to low screening and mammogram rates.
  • Vista Community Clinic – The program will provide breast health education, health insurance education and access, and breast cancer screening referrals to African American women in North San Diego County in conjunction with partners.