[Montcalm County, MI. – September, 2014] – Susan G. Komen West Michigan has awarded a grant for $40,999 to Cherry Street Health Services to increase breast health education and awareness and access to mammograms (including transportation assistance) to rural Montcalm County.
The grant from Komen West Michigan will support Cherry Street’s commitment to host at least 20 outreach and education events in Montcalm County, an initiative that will be utilized as a vehicle for scheduling a minimum of 80 women for breast health screenings and diagnostic mammograms. Each of these women will be offered transportation assistance to eliminate barriers to care. The organization will also host four mobile screening events in the community during the week and on Saturdays.
“This funding is desperately needed due to the underserved population in Montcalm County and the lack of resources available. I am extremely excited to have funds available to be able to reach out and educate and screen those women who are in need,” said Jackie DeMull, Women’s Cancer Screening Program Coordinator, Cherry Street Health Services.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the West Michigan Affiliate is on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their service area of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Montcalm and Newaygo Counties. Komen Affiliates worldwide fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.
Walgreens partnered with Susan G. Komen to provide additional funding for local community grants focused on increasing education and outreach to underserved populations. Walgreens customers donated the funds at its more than 8,000 locations across the country during a special donation at checkout promotion last October. Cherry Street Health Services’ program was selected for funding. Walgreens is once again collecting donations for Komen this October.
“Komen West Michigan is a gap-filling organization in that we fill gaps left by other state and local breast health programs,” said Komen West Michigan Executive Director Jennifer Jurgens. “We conducted a needs assessment in the West Michigan area and discovered that our rural population lacked access to local screening and needed more education on the importance of breast health. We are pleased to provide funding to Cherry Street Health Services’ program and are confident it will provide education and access to local screening opportunities for women in Montcalm County.”
If you have any questions about the services offered in Montcalm County, please contact Jackie DeMull at (616) 965-8200 ext. 7099.
About Cherry Street Health Services: Cherry Street Health Services (CSHS) is an independent, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a primary focus of providing high quality health services to those who have little or no access to health care, regardless of income or insurance status. Services provided by CSHS include primary care, women’s health, dental, vision, behavioral health, mental health, correctional health, four school based health centers and employee assistance for employers. For more information visit cherryhealth.org.
About Susan G. Komen West Michigan: Komen West Michigan is an independent, local non- profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75% of Komen West Michigan’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and genetics testing for underserved men and women in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo and Montcalm counties. The remaining 25% funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer.
Komen West Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenwestmichigan.org.
About Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.