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Breast Cancer License Tag Awardee Luncheon Hosted by Georgia CORE and the Georgia State Office of Rural Health


ATLANTA—On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) hosted a Breast Cancer License Tag Awardee Luncheon at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The 45 attendees represented 18 organizations and 6 reviewers from across the state of Georgia.  Each of these organizations is a recipient of the Breast Cancer License Tag Grant collectively serving 87 counties.

Funded through the sale and renewal of the Breast Cancer License Tag, the Georgia ACTS Grant Program expands breast cancer education, screening, access, and outreach as well as treatment services.  These funds are dedicated to improving breast cancer services for the state’s minority and under or uninsured women.  For each tag that is bought or renewed, $22 is gathered into a fund that is awarded to non-profits based on a review by cancer experts.  From 2013-2016, over $2.9 million in grants have been awarded.

At the luncheon, each of these high-caliber organizations presented their accomplishments achieved through the grant.  Categorized as either educational or treatment programs, these organizations have collectively provided for 140,977 people trained, 6,453 screening and diagnostic mammograms, 4,471 instances of navigation and case management, 965 patients treated, 642 ultrasounds and 124 biopsies.  The program is administered through Georgia CORE on behalf of the State Office of Rural Health, Department of Community Health.  

“Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in Georgia,” said Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and a 15 year breast cancer survivor.  “It is inspirational to hear of the strides these organizations are taking towards educating, screening and treating women in Georgia.  This work that this grant money supports will help identify breast cancer at an early stage, thereby making treatment more effective.”

Winning organizations provide matching funds or in-kind support that equals or exceeds the amount of the grant.

Awarded at organizations throughout the state, the full list of grantees since 2013 are:



Athens Regional Foundation


Boat People SOS, Inc.


Cancer Coalition of South Georgia


Center for Black Women’s Wellness


Central Georgia Cancer Coalition


Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)


East Georgia Cancer Coalition


Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund


Grady Health Foundation


Gwinnett Medical Center


Hearts & Hands Clinic


Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital(**)


Meadows Regional Medical Center(**)


Memorial Health


Northside Hospital Cancer Institute                            


Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition


Northwest Healthcare Partnership


Southwest GA Area Health Education Center


St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services


Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate


University Hospital System


West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition


Young Survival Coalition


YWCA of Atlanta




Georgia Department of Public Health (BCCP)


Georgia Genomic Testing Fund


** Serving Counties with high-incidence of late stage breast cancer


In addition, a diverse and talented group of cancer experts helped review and rank the most recent round of proposals:



Karen Beard CPC, CPCO

Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO)

Lanell Bellury PhD, RN, AOCNS, OCN

Mercer University

Melissa Dillmon MD, MSc

Harbin Clinic

Mia Gaudet PhD

American Cancer Society

Cecilia Hammond MSN, RN

Genomic Health

Erin Hernandez

Northwest Regional Georgia Cancer Coalition

Tamara Mason MPH, CHES

Rollins School of Public Health/Grady

Amy Mattingly

Pink Ribbon Story

Adrienne Mims MD, MPH, FAAFP, AGSF

Alliant Quality

Amy Moore PhD

Georgia Research Alliance

Winifred Thompson PhD, MSW

Rollins School of Public Health/Grady

Amelia Zelnak MD, MSc

Atlanta Cancer Care


If you are interested in purchasing a Breast Cancer License Tag, please visit  


About the State Office of Rural Health

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH), a part of the Department of Community Health, works to improve access to health care in rural and underserved areas and to reduce health status disparities. SORH provides funding for institutional framework that links small rural communities with State & Federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems.


About Georgia CORE

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership designed to bring higher quality, better organized and more cost-effective care to cancer patients and survivors. The organization's Board of Directors is composed of cancer experts from leading cancer centers and academic institutions.  CORE's network develops innovative tools and resources for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers.  Our collective vision is to contribute to the state's distinction as a national leader in cancer care and research and to better health for all Georgians. CORE's flagship resource, is the only statewide online information center of its kind, where details can be found on oncologists, clinical trials and treatment centers throughout the state.               

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