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Education Grant Recipients 2016



BayCare Health System: BayCare Health Systems Breast Cancer Survivor Education Program - Virtual Expansion Project (Clearwater, FL)

 BayCare Health System respectfully requests funding to expand and enhance the BayCare Health System Breast Cancer Survivor Education Program (BCSEP). The overarching goal of BCSEP is to increase the awareness of and participation in survivorship opportunities specifically designed to help breast cancer survivors and their families adjust to and thrive in life after treatment. Florida Breast Cancer Foundation support will provide for the creation of a new reactive survivor website, production of 10 instructor led survivor wellness videos, and caregiver/advocate training in content and use of the website as a resource.

Through this project, the program would expand to include a robust, interactive survivor education website that includes a warehouse of both existing evidence?based/research?based .pdf and video resources, combined with newly created .pdf and video resources created by our expert team to fill in the identified gaps in educational materials. This unified, holistic approach includes education focused on all of the components of the multifaceted recovery process – addressing the physical, social, psychological, and existential factors that contribute to achieving the best possible holistic health outcomes.


Big Bend Rural Health Network: Pink Ribbon Supporters (Tallahassee, FL)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second most common cause of cancer death in women ages 40-55 (Hartmann & Loprinizi, 2012). This is one reason why we feel it is important to educate as a program component. More than 90% of our service area is rural and are in need of education prevention of breast cancer.

Big Bend Area Health Education Center Program encourages women at risk of breast cancer to reduce cancer risk by changing modifiable risk factors and to initiate conversations with their healthcare provider about risk and screen options. Feedback from our participants indicates that there is a great need for this program and service.  Gadsden County now ranks 67 out of the state’s 67 counties in overall health outcomes according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 2016 (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/florida/2016/rankings/gadsden/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot).  The Pink Ribbon Supporter program will help reduce the health burden in the county.


Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Inc: Women SHINE Project (Fort Myers, FL)

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Inc. (“Family Health Centers” or “FHC”) will be initiating the Women SHINE Project (Sharing Hope, breast health Information, and the Newest guidelines leaving women Empowered to know their own bodies). The Women SHINE Project is a new project that will provide educational opportunities for women in order for them to become proactive advocates for their own breast health. This Project will ultimately benefit the uninsured and underserved women in Lee, Charlotte, and western Hendry Counties through critical one-on-one and group education workshops. In order to eliminate transportation barriers to these uninsured and underserved women, these ongoing workshops will be facilitated at the majority of FHC’s sites, at local minority-based churches, and at various food pantries throughout southwest Florida. In order to eliminate language barriers, the culturally-sensitive SHINE Project care team is tri-lingual speaking fluent Spanish, English, and Creole. This will increase the opportunity to reach the population in need.


Florida Department of Health in Bay County: Bay County Breast Health Education (Panama City, FL)

Funding will support an educational series on the importance of proactive habits in good breast health, early detection of breast cancer and maintaining quality of life throughout breast cancer treatment.

Quarterly offerings will be developed, promoted, and executed through group education provided by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County to women in Bay, Washington, and Holmes Counties. Partners will include Bay District Schools, and the Florida Breast & Cervical Cancer Outreach to Underserved and Rural Areas (BCCOURA) Program .

Educational offerings will consist of the following topics:

  • The importance of a proactive approach toward good breast health and early detection in successful treatment of breast cancer.
  • Assisting breast cancer victims and survivors in establishing routines and self-care habits which may contribute to improved quality of life during and after breast cancer treatment
  • Bay District Schools’ middle school girls will be taught about the importance of committing to lifelong self-breast health through risk avoidance and establishment of habits which contribute to early detection of breast cancer.
  • Minority women residing in underserved and rural areas will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of screening in early detection of breast cancer and the dangers of late-stage diagnosis.


Florida Society of Clinical Oncology: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (Riverview, FL)            

 The cultural collective of Breast Cancer advocacy and awareness  activities, and an abundance of educational efforts, information and news coverage have made breast cancer familiar disease. Thanks to significant strides made in early detection , research, treatment and patient empowerment over the past 30 years, there is much progress to celebrate. the prognosis of early stage breast cancer has transformed, as survival rates have steadily increased.  For late stage breast cancer, however the narrative is markedly different.

In the US it is estimated that 150,000-200,000 people are currently living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Even when diagnosed at an early stage, nearly 30% of women with early breast cancer will eventually progress to metastatic disease and face a median survival of just 3 years following a Metastatic Breast Cancer diagnosis.

There is an unyielding consensus among healthcare professionals, patients, the advocacy community, and pharmaceuticals that helping these women be part of the larger breast cancer dialogue and receive the support and information they need is an urgent and important matter. Through Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, FLASCO will bring education to patients and raise awareness for these underserved patients.


Miami Dade Area Health Education Center: Hands on Health- Youth Breast Cancer Education Program (Miami, FL)

Miami Dade Area Health Education Center (MDAHEC) Inc, is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization whose mission is to improve access to quality, comprehensive healthcare and education to underserved, uninsured, economically needy and other vulnerable individuals through-out Miami-Dade County through academic-community partnerships. MDAHEC has developed the "Hands on Health" youth breast cancer education program, which provides a thorough yet easily understood explanation of breast cancer and the importance of breast health. The program is compromised of different facts, videos, statistics, visuals, and activities and is geared to teenage and young adult men and women in Miami-Dade and Broward County schools, youth serving sites, and colleges and universities.  The programs objectivities are to educate these young men and women about breast health, breast cancer, and the need for early diagnosis as well as to encourage them to develop a lifelong habit of breast health self awareness.


North Broward Hospital District, d/b/a Broward Health: Breast Cancer Prevention, Outreach, Education, Testing and Screening (BC POETS) Program (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

 The Breast Cancer Prevention, Outreach, Education, Testing, and Screening (BC POETS) program will provide targeted education and outreach in areas with the highest incidence of breast cancer in Broward County. This initiative will be an expansion of education and outreach services at Broward Health. The project will work in partnership with local churches and community agencies in these areas to reach underserved populations who are often untrusting of large organizations. BC POETS is a new program. Broward Health has conducted outreach and education initiatives previously, but never specifically targeting women in areas of the highest incidence of late stage breast cancer. BC POETS educational events will provide an Oncology physician to provide information on breast cancer, risks, prevention, treatment, and the need for regular mammograms for early detection. Oncologists will present the information and answer questions. Two Social Service Counselors will provide information on a one-on-one basis and inform participants about the availability of services and how and where they can qualify for free or low cost mammograms.


Putnam First Cancer Fund: Putnam County Breast Cancer Awareness Project (Palatka, FL)

The PFCF proposes to focus on two of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundations 2016-2017 priority areas: To provide education on breast health to youth with a focus on high school and college students, and to education women to become proactive in their own breast health through educational workshops on the need to diagnose Breast Cancer at an early stage.

PFCF in partnerships with local Physicians practices, our Putnam County School district, the St. Johns River State College, Local cities and townships and Putnam County Government will promote breast cancer awareness and education. other partners will include our local hospital the Putnam Community Medical Center and the Putnam County Health Department.

This is a new project that we hope will grow over the years to a multiyear project. the first year events are proposed to be held each quarter, 4 times a year, over multiple venues in different parts of Putnam County.


Rural Women's Health Project: Creando Nuestra Salud (Creating Our Health) Community Health Workers Building the Proactive Breast Health Advocacy of Latinas in Marion County (Gainesville, FL)

Creando Nuestra Salud (CNS) is an award-winning, early breast cancer detection program designed for Latina women living in rural and small urban communities. This intervention, developed by the Rural Women's Health Project, has made a successful impact in North Central Florida counties, increasing Latina women’s proactive breast health; breast self awareness, understanding of risk factors, types of screenings and treatments and linkage to clinical care. While CNS is an established intervention, it will be newly integrated into the RWHP’s Community Health Worker [CHW] programming in Marion County. CNS combines one-on-one home health education presentations, navigation support for critical linkage to care for women participants and provider engagement. CNS will collaborate with the Marion Cancer Alliance in order to link women to care post educational training, enrich area data, identify best practices and strengthen the Alliance’s reach into the Latino community. We will also collaborate with two key Latino-community serving programs to train Community Health Workers from their programs to serve their clientele.


WellFlorida Council, Inc: Breast Cancer Education Lunch and Learns (Gainesville, FL)

In the North Central Florida region, the age adjusted death rate for breast cancer is nearly 10% higher than the age adjusted death rate for breast cancer for the state of Florida. This disparity exists due to the lack of cancer screening, education, and awareness among the North Central Florida regions rural areas. This project aims to provide two "Lunch and Learn" training sessions to healthcare professionals serving women who belong to these rural populations of North Central Florida. At these training sessions, designated speakers will provide a one-hour presentation on the allotted topic, allowing for questions and answers as well as facilitating discussion. Topics include "Triple Negative Breast Cancer” and “Breast Cancer in 2016: A Review and An Update”. Participants who attend the "Lunch and Learn" will earn continuing education credits as a result of the trainings. By holding two training sessions, healthcare professionals working in our region will be better equipped with the tools necessary to reduce disparities among the rural community.