Georgia CORE awards $400,000 in grants from breast cancer license tag proceeds to local programs for underserved Georgians
Thanks to Georgia residents who purchased Breast Cancer License Tags, eight organizations across the state have been awarded grants totaling $400,000 for breast cancer education, screening and treatment for underserved Georgians. Twenty-two dollars ($22) of the fee for each tag purchased or renewed funds the awards, administered by Georgia CORE on behalf of the State Office of Rural Health in the Department of Community Health.
“While Georgia has increased breast cancer screening rates, not all women – particularly those without health insurance – receive appropriate screening or treatment,” said Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and an 18-year breast cancer survivor. “The work these grants support will help identify breast cancer at an earlier stage, making treatment more effective.
“The more tags purchased, the more resources we can provide for underserved women,” she added.
Winning a grant of $50,000 each, the 2019 Breast Cancer License Tag Fund Awardees are Horizons Community Solutions, Albany; Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta; Susan G. Komen, Atlanta; Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia; Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Atlanta; East Georgia Cancer Coalition, Athens; West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition, Columbus; and YWCA of Greater Atlanta.
Grant reviewers included Karen Beard, CPC, CPCO, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology; Mia Gaudet, PhD, American Cancer Society; Cecilia Hammond, MSN, RN, Genomic Health; Francine Huckaby MPH, CHES, Georgia Department of Public Health; Lanell Bellury, PhD, RN, AOCNS, OCN, Mercer University; Nanette Turner, Mercy University; and Kimberly Redding, MD, MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine.
In September, winners of the 2018 Breast Cancer License Tag program gathered to give an update on their programs and network. See more photos here.
Learn more about the Georgia Breast Cancer License Tag Program here.