Women’s Breast Health Fund Announces 2013 Grantees

The Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has selected three projects for funding as a result of the 2013-2014 grant cycle. The projects each support holistic breast cancer care for women and their loved ones in the Community Foundation’s 5-county service area.

This week, leaders of these new projects came together with 2012 grant recipients to present their grants and brainstorm about opportunities for collaboration and partnering.  Madeline Harris, Director of the Women’s Breast Health Fund commented that “The synergy and excitement at the meeting was surreal.  Our community is blessed to have healthcare providers who are passionate and committed to survivorship concerns.” 

We look forward to seeing the great work that these grantees will accomplish in the coming years!

Grants awarded for the 2013-2014 grant cycle totaled over $750,000 and include:

UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Program, “SPARC (Supportive and Palliative Advocacy Resource for the Community)”

The SPARC Program plans to educate and train caregivers, community members, lay professionals and medical professionals to bridge the gap between the medical care setting and the community. A SPARC website will be developed to allow for ongoing navigator support, education and connection. SPARC is designed to link community based non-medical support with the medical care of breast cancer survivors and their families.

UAB Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine, “Harvest for Health”

“Harvest for Health” builds on a successful pilot study where Master Gardeners worked with cancer survivors over the course of a year to establish a vegetable garden.  At the end of the study, survivors not only improved their diet and exercise behaviors, but also improved their physical functioning.  “Harvest for Health” is intended to help breast cancer survivors and their families lead healthy and economically secure lives, and will forge new inroads to potentially offer this sustainable service statewide.

UAB School of Nursing, “Smart Phone Application (APP) for Breast Cancer Resources”

This project builds upon the mobile application (APP) of cancer resources funded by the Women’s Breast Health Fund in 2012. To date, over 500 independent cancer resources have been identified, reviewed, grouped into categories and uploaded to the APP. This project will refine the APP by eliminating software issues, disseminate the APP to collaborators and colleagues and will work to maintain current resources to sustain the APP.

Dr. Elizabeth Kvale, Director of the Supportive and Survivorship Clinic at UAB summarizes, The cultural change that has happened (as a result of the Women’s Breast Health Fund) could not have been achieved any other way”. 

For more information about the Women’s Breast Health Fund, contact Madeline Harris.