All grant applications are reviewed by a panel of community members with a broad range of backgrounds and experience. The EWC board does not know who the reviewers are which ensures that the panel makes recommendations without outside influences. The board receives the panel’s recommendations and determines which organizations will receive funds based on their scores and anticipated available funds. Every Woman Can covers the 20 counties that make up the Inland Northwest and the selected organizations provide services in some or all of those counties.
Hospice of Spokane: Their goal is to improve awareness, access and utilization of palliative care and hospice services thoughout the counties they serve, specifically in rural and underserved areas and minority groups. They plan to do this by increasing palliative care referrals and providing comprehensive hospice and palliative care services to patients with breast cancer (including in-home, in-facilities, and at the Hospice House as well as grief support services for their families). Our reviewers felt this was a worthwhile project because palliative care is often overlooked in caring for breast cancer patients.
Lourdes Health Network: With a goal to increase breast cancer screening by providing free mammograms, they anticipate providing 35 free mammograms with an emphasis on uninsured, underinsured, and/or underserved women over the age of 50 who have not received a mammogram within the last 2 years. They will also give special consideration to Hispanic and rural populations on their free mammogram clinic days. Our reviewers loved this request because it was well thought out and would make an important difference in the lives of women.
Planned Parenthood of WA and North ID: Their goal is to increase access to comprehensive breast health services among high-risk sub-populations in Eastern Washington through their health centers. They plan on providing one-on-one comprehensive breast health services to at least 2600 women and provide necessary resources, information and coordinated referrals for mammography to women who require follow-up services. Our reviewers felt that these outreach activities will encourage women to begin receiving health care and getting breast health education and screening.
Providence St. Mary’s Foundation: With a goal of removing barriers and providing support to patients from abnormal mammogram through treatment, hiring a Breast Patient Advocate is a must. This person would have a special focus of working with Hispanic/Latina women. The Advocate will be able to help women move through the continuum of care quickly and seamlessly by helping them receive their care locally thus minimizing travel and loss of support systems. Our reviewers felt that the project proposal encompasses many opportunities for rural Hispanic/Latino patients and helps them remain within their local community for support and continuum of care.
Washington State Department of Health: Their goal is to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services, referral to treatment if diagnosed with cancer, and assistance with reducing barriers to low-income clients age 18 to 64 who are in the Inland Northwest area and are uninsured or underinsured. This goal will be accomplished by ensuring that at least 1255 clients receive breast health screening services (clinical breast exams or screening mammograms), enrolling 355 clients who have never or rarely been screened before, ensuring that those with abnormal screening results will receive follow-up care, and work with at least two clinical systems to implement evidence based interventions to increase breast cancer screening. Our reviewers liked that this program focuses on the disparity in care for women in Eastern WA, especially uninsured and underinsured.