Susan G. Komen Puget Sound awarded $600,000 in new grants to six nonprofits working to end disparities in access to breast cancer screenings and breast health care. One of those recipients was KWA which received $100,000. The grant was accepted by KWA Executive Director Troy Christensen on behalf of Korean Women’s Association at the Komen annual Impact Celebration at the Museum of History and Industry on April 24..
The Komen grants provide one-to-one navigation and care coordination services for 600 black/African, Southeast Asian, Pacific/Samoan, and Latina American women living in Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Health literacy education, health benefit enrollment, transportation to/from client home and hospital, translation assistance before/during/after doctor’s visits, and care coordination will help clients access primary care, mental health/substance use treatment, housing, and employment services.
KWA has provided such services for over ten years in partnership with Komen Puget Sound, CHI Franciscan, MultiCare, and Carol Milgard Breast Center. This year, KWA‘s Community & Behavior Health Department is expanding its target population to include African American, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asians. Each of these groups face huge disparities in screening rates and outcomes related to breast cancer.