Health System Receives Grant from Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: May 31, 2011 – The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $40,000 grant to Southeast Georgia Health System for the “Mammograms in Motion” project.

This community project is being led by the Health System to provide breast health education and outreach, mammograms and diagnostic breast work-up services to uninsured and medically underserved individuals residing in Camden, Glynn, Long and McIntosh counties.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of this grant from the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” says DelRia Baisden, vice president, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Our program will place special emphasis on reaching out to individuals in rural areas who have limited access to health care and health education by using our Wellness On Wheels (WOW). The WOW is a mobile health vehicle outfitted with screening mammography, screening bone density, blood pressure and blood glucose testing capability, which was purchased primarily with funds donated from the Health System Foundation. Additionally, the project will provide a community outreach program in the targeted counties through health fairs and educational forums. The grant will also enable us to purchase educational material that will emphasize the importance of breast health.”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Coastal Georgia Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“At the Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our area communities which highlighted the need for mammograms and breast health education for persons living in rural Camden, Glynn, Long and McIntosh with limited resources and access to health care,” says Beth Desloges, outreach coordinator for the Affiliate. “We are confident that through the ‘Mammograms in Motion’ program these needs will be met.”