BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Coastal Family Health Center in Biloxi was awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the New Orleans Saints.
The grant was given to assist the health center in addressing differences in breast cancer mortality by providing access to breast cancer screening, follow-ups to abnormal mammograms, and timely access to specialty care if needed.
"We are excited about the improved access to services this grant funding will offer to individuals in the community," said Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president for the American Cancer Society. "Breast cancer mortality rates have declined since 1989, thanks in part to the lifesaving efforts of the American Cancer Society and supporters like the NFL."
The grants are focused primarily on African American communities, but also target other underserved populations.
"We experience patients who in their lifetime have never been able to afford a mammogram," said Constance Shaw, radiology technician at Coastal Family Health Center. "Some of these patients are above the age for recommended screenings, and because we have been given this gift we will now be able to help these patients to get their mammograms."
Coastal Family Health Center will receive the grant over two years. Funding was made possible through ACS's partnership with the NFL and the league's Crucial Catch campaign.
The grants are the latest in ACS's Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides funding opportunities as part of the ACS's commitment to reduce disparities in cancer mortality.