[Polson, MT] – The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe and St. Joseph Medical Center have joined forces to improve breast screening rates and reduce the devastating effects of breast cancer from the women of Lake County and the surrounding service area.
[Missoula, Billings, Montana Tribal Communities) – Tribal communities face profound challenges accessing preventive and healthcare services and information. Standard approaches for reaching people at risk for breast cancer are not always effective in Indian communities, where traditions and values may be important factors in preventive educational and medical treatment. This project, funded to the Montana Cancer Institute in Missoula, is a collaboration with the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council out of Billings and the Health Disparities Program in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Montana, that will help develop new approaches and technologies, allowing for wide distribution to native community via tribal websites, local powwows, and Tribal health fairs.
[Havre, MT] – Northern Montana Health Care Foundation (NMHCF), located in Havre supports health care services along the Hi-Line. Partnering with the Montana Komen Affiliate, NMHCF will provide education and reduce the fear in obtaining mammograms to women ages 40-64 from Hill, Blaine, Phillips and Chouteau Counties by hosting programs to educate women along the Hi-Line of Montana and encourage these women to obtain a mammogram.
View the list of 2012-13 community grants.
“To meet needs identified in Montana, this year’s grant slate addresses high poverty areas and communities with limited screening facilities,” said Cynthia Gustafson, PhD, Grant Chair of the Komen Montana Board.
In order to ensure it is funding programs that address the specific unmet breast cancer needs throughout Montana, the Komen Montana Affiliate works with health care professionals, state agencies and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment. This community profile, a standard practice of all Komen Affiliates, is then used to establish a local grant application and review process consistent with the organization’s standards and mission.
In 2010, Komen Montana funded eight community grants totaling $182,448. From 2004 to 2010, community grants provided over 6,000 mammograms and diagnostic services and thousands of people received educational materials. The Montana Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Montana Race for the Cure occurring on May 19, 2012, the Montana Affiliate has invested $1.37 million in community breast cancer programs across Montana. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Montana and the remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research.
Any not-for-profit organization that provides breast health and/or breast cancer education, screening, or treatment services may apply for a grant.