Baltimore, MD– April 28, 2009 – The Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Stacy Garrett-Ray to address persistent breast health disparities and to reduce breast cancer morbidity and mortality for uninsured women in northwest Baltimore.
The Komen grant will support the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP)’s Make a Difference: Changing Baltimore’s West Side Story Project. The project will address persistent breast health disparities for women in West Baltimore, with special emphasis on the 21215 zip code, by increasing education and screening services including clinical breast exams and mammograms within the community.
The program will involve employing an outreach worker to educate uninsured women in the target area about breast health and engage them in the comprehensive BCCP program in cooperation with Park West Health Systems, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with four health centers in the target area.
“With the help of this grant, we will be able to enhance our outreach, education and screening services to breast health disparities within Baltimore City by targeting the 21215 zip code which according to statistics has one of the highest rates of breast cancer within Baltimore City,” says Stacy Garrett-Ray, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., medical director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program and a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The need for our services is growing, and we are very grateful that the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® supports our efforts.”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Maryland Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities.
The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP), an initiative of the Marlene and Stewart Greeenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, offers a full spectrum of breast health services to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 in Baltimore City. In operation since 2001, BCCP provides breast and cervical health education, screening and diagnostic testing, case management, patient navigation, treatment and survivorship support. All services are provided free of charge to eligible program participants.
For information about the programs and services of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, please call 1-800-888-8823. For information on the Baltimore City Cancer Program, please call 410-328-HOPE.