The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program provides financial support in the form of grants to community-based programs that conduct outreach, provide breast cancer education and link medically underserved women to clinical screening services.
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has funded community-based programs designed to improve utilization of regular breast cancer screening by at-risk, underserved populations since 1993. Despite improvements in the availability of free and low-cost screening services supported through programs such as the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), disparities in utilization of mammography persist.
Funding is awarded to organizations implementing a program that provides education and information on breast health and breast cancer, and helps women access medical providers, ensuring that women in need obtain breast cancer screening and any follow-up care they may require. Small community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.
The Avon BHOP invites programs that:
- demonstrate their ability to overcome barriers to care for underserved women;
- educate women about breast cancer, early detection and screening, risk-reduction and healthy lifestyle choices;
- provide outreach and patient navigation for underserved and hard-to-reach women to both first-time screening and annual screening;
- develop partnerships between community-based outreach and patient navigation providers and local medical providers;
- work with healthcare providers to ensure timely and appropriate clinical follow-up of abnormal screening results;
- assist clients with referrals to other medical and social services as needed and when available; and
- Where applicable, educate older people about coverage of mammograms through Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance programs and assist them in obtaining the service from providers who accept Medicare.