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ACS awards five $100,000 CHANGE grants

Aimed at reducing breast cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations 

The American Cancer Society has awarded five two-year, $100,000 grants to expand access to high-quality breast cancer screening and timely follow-up care for American Indian and Alaska Native women.

The grants run through September 30, 2021. The following centers are receiving grants: 

  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in partnership with Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) and the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM
  • Red Cliff Community Health Center in Bayfield, Wisconsin
  • Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gerald Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The grants were made possible through the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Program.

"CHANGE grants build community and system capacity to promote health equity, access, and navigation to screening resources within underserved communities, increasing access to timely cancer screenings and appropriate follow-up care," said Laura Makaroff, DO, our senior vice president of prevention & early detection. 

"Certain racial and ethnic minorities and uninsured individuals are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, when treatment is usually more extensive and survival rates are lower. The American Cancer Society is committed to addressing the unequal burden of cancer," she said.

Since 2011, CHANGE grants have supported the implementation of 3.2 million evidence-based interventions in more than 270 health systems, and have contributed to 915,000 cancer screenings across the nation.

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