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Grants are available to Illinois non-profits in order to increase breast cancer awareness and promote education for women and men. Evidence-based programs that remove barriers to care, offer provider education, support risk factor reduction, or offer survivor support will be funded. Priority will be given to programs that target low income, underserved and uninsured women with special emphasis on reaching those who are geographically or culturally isolated, older and/or members of racial/ethnic minorities.
1) Patient Navigation – Patient Navigation funding will be for services that will focus on removing barriers to patient care and facilitate access to patient care, enhance services provided for quality of care, disease management and compliance with follow-up care.
2) Provider Education – Provider education funding will focus on cancer care plans, better patient management and communication with survivors, as well as timeliness of confirmatory diagnosis.
3) Risk Factor Reduction – Risk factor reduction can include nutritional and behavioral opportunities for change – physical fitness, nutrition education, healthy lifestyle, reduce risk of obesity and/or techniques used to reduce the chances of getting breast cancer.
4) Survivor Support – Survivor Support funding will be provided to enhance the quality of life as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis including support sessions (to address fatigue, lymphedema, pain, personal emotional changes, relationships, lifestyle behaviors, psychological distress, spiritual effects), long term survivorship, post cancer care, self-image, body image, communication with family, friends, physicians, etc.
Estimated Size of Grant:
January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015
Maureen Pennell Jennings