Grady Health System awarded $50k from Breast Cancer License Tag Fund
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thanks to Georgia residents who purchased Breast Cancer License Tags, Grady Health System has been awarded $50,000 to expand the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence Lay Navigation Program for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, according to a press release. The expansion will allow more patients — predominantly African American women or women of other ethnicities who are underinsured, uninsured, or are on Medicaid or Medicare — to connect with navigators who are breast cancer survivors and will guide them through the diagnosis and treatment process.
Twenty-two dollars of each Breast Cancer License Tag purchased or renewed funded the $400,000 in awards this year, administered by the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (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,” says Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and a 17-year breast cancer survivor. “The work this grant supports will help identify breast cancer at an earlier stage, making treatment more effective. We hope that more Georgians will purchase the tags to provide even more resources for underserved women,” she added.
In 2002, the (then) Georgia Cancer Coalition established its first Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady. Grady was selected due to the hospital’s long history of caring for medically-underserved patients, particularly racial and ethnic minorities.