Georgia CORE, in conjunction with the Georgia State Office of Rural Health, Awards over $675,000 in Grants for Breast Cancer Treatment and Screening



ATLANTA –To improve breast cancer services for the state's uninsured population, the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) is awarding more than $675,000 to community organizations and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) through the Georgia ACTS (Access, Care, Treatment and Services) Breast Cancer Grant Program. Georgia CORE will administer the grant program on behalf of the State Office of Rural Health, Department of Community Health.

     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 to Georgians without health insurance. For each tag that is bought or renewed, $22 goes to fund these grants.  

“While Georgia has been successful at increasing breast cancer screening rates, not all women – particularly those without health insurance – receive appropriate screening or treatment services,” said Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and a 15 year breast cancer survivor.  “The work this grant money supports will help identify breast cancer at an early stage, thereby making treatment more effective.”

Winning organizations are providing matching funds or in-kind support that equals or exceeds the amount of the grant. Awarded at centers throughout the state, the winning grants are:


Treatment Grants


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



Meadows Regional Medical Center(**)






Education & Screening Grants


Boat People SOS, Inc.



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



Northside Hospital



St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services



Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate



University Hospital System



West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition



YWCA of Atlanta






Georgia Department of Public Health (BCCP)



Georgia Genomic Testing Fund




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


A diverse and talented group of cancer experts helped review and rank the proposals including 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, Emory University and Grady Health System; 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, Emory University and Grady Health System; and Amelia Zelnak, MD, MSc, Atlanta Cancer Care.


In addition, based on a prior review and grants, $38,000 is also awarded to the Georgia Department of Public Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP).  $37,500 will be provided for the Genetic Counseling and Testing to complement the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Genomics program. 

If you are interesting in purchasing a Breast Cancer License Tag, please visit the Georgia Department of Revenue web site, go to or click here.  


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.


For more information about the breast cancer license tag funds, you can click here.