Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Grants

2007 | 2009-10 | 2011-12 | 2012-14| 2016-18

Overview

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has developed a series of three local grant projects over the past years with the help of funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®; these grants share common components and have addressed environmental, architectural, communication, attitudinal, and linguistic barriers to mammography screening faced by women with disabilities. Grant activities have included surveying women with disabilities on their experiences with mammography screening, conducting site visits to mammography facilities and determining barriers to receiving screening, and developing breast cancer education programs for women with disabilities. AAHD first received Komen funding in 2007 for a grant entitled “Increasing Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities in Montgomery County, MD by Improving Access, Education and Training at Mammography Sites”. A second grant followed in 2009-2010 and addressed the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County in Maryland, as well as Alexandria City and Fairfax, Loudon, Arlington, and Prince William Counties in Virginia, entitled “Project Accessibility: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities.” The current 2011-2012 grant entitled “Bridging the Gap: No Woman Left Behind” focuses on the service areas designated by Komen of Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia, as well as a part of Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Arlington and Prince William Counties in Virginia. For further information on women with disabilities and breast health, please visit:

Susan G. Komen Grant 2016-18

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and the Susan Komen Foundation will partner on a funded project for the next two years to reach women with disabilities in Wards 2, 5, 7, and 8 in the District of Columbia.   The project, “Breast Cancer Awareness for Women with Disabilities”, will emphasize both provider and public education and focus on increasing knowledge and utilization of breast cancer resources. The project will highlight the importance of early detection and motivate women to action for breast health screenings. The project will work to achieve health care quality and advance health equity through health care provider training and assessments that will be conducted by AAHD staff.  In addition to on site mammography facility assessments, AAHD project staff will conduct Educational Workshops in the District of Columbia and work with community partners to disseminate information to women with disabilities.  The primary targets of the project are women with disabilities in Wards 2, 5, 7, and 8.  The secondary targets are community hospitals, mammography facilities serving women in thee wards.  Women with disabilities are at an increased risk of breast cancer and often less likely to receive a Clinical Breast Exam and recommended mammogram screenings, often leading to later stage diagnosis impacting survival.   This project supports the Susan Komen National Capital Region Community Health Survey that encompasses focusing on the continuum of care among with disabilities.  The AAHD project team will be the lead on this very important project.

Specifically, the project’s key activities are as follows: 1) coordinate with  DC community organizations, Komen grantees and mammography facilities to support AAHD’s dissemination and communication strategies targeted  at women with disabilities in Wards 2, 5, 7, & 8 by utilizing small media strategies 2) conduct Educational Workshops in collaboration with community partners on breast cancer risks and awareness for women with disabilities; 3)  and increase cancer screening by reducing structural barriers for mammography facilities by conducting facility assessments.

The project is scheduled to begin in June 2016.  Check back for further project updates and activities.

Susan G. Komen Grant 2012-14

Project Accessibility USA: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has received funding for a two year grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to implement Project Accessibility USA: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities.   This project will work towards reducing breast cancer health disparities in women with disabilities by improving accessibility of Komen Affiliate screening grantees, providing  site specific recommendations to Komen Affiliate screening grantees on strategies to ensure accessibility for women with disabilities, developing web-based Resource Learning Center and developing educational training modules on disability culture and sensitivity for health care professional that can be utilized throughout the Susan G. Komen networks.    It is the goal of this project to ensure that women with disabilities have full access to breast health screening and that health care staff are able to increase awareness and understanding of the needs of women with disabilities.  Project Accessibility; Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities was initially a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure project funded in the Washington, DC Metro area. Susan G.  Komen for the Cure has funded AAHD and our academic partner, University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, to expand Project Accessibility and include more components and have a nation wide outreach.  This project began in June, 2012 and will continue until June, 2014. Please check back for developed products and project updates!  For further information, please contact Roberta Carlin at rcarlin@aahd.us

“The Axes of Access – Improving Care for Patients with Disabilities”

Project Accessibility USA Webinar (12/13)

Project Accessibility USA website

Disability and Cultural Awareness Compendium for Mammography Facilities (2013)

Project Accessibility USA: Mammography Facility Assessment

Project Accessibility USA: Quick Guide to Interacting with Women with Disabilities

Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities: Improving Accessibility And Breast Health For Women With Disabilities

2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release: Oct., 2013 – AAHD urges women with disabilities to ask themselves this question: When was the last time you had a clinical breast exam or mammogram? Read full press release and recommendations.

Susan G. Komen Grant 2011-12

The American Association on Health and Disability is the recipient of a grant for 2011-2012 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure entitled “Bridging the Gap: No Woman Left Behind.” The purpose of the grant is to

  1. Increase breast cancer screening among women with disabilities and women from various cultures by administering a survey tool to assess the accessibility (environmental, architectural, communication, attitudinal, linguistic) barriers in mammography facilities located in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia, as well as Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Arlington and Prince William Counties in Virginia.
  2. Increase disability awareness, cultural sensitivity and knowledge of health care providers at mammogram facilities in the targeted locations that will promote breast cancer screenings for women with disabilities and women from various cultures.
  3. Develop partnerships with community entities and disseminate educational materials on breast health to new and existing partners.
  4. Address cultural and linguistic barriers by providing outreach to women via a culturally competent education program through community partners and target curriculum in the Komen jurisdictions so women feel equipped and empowered to receive their mammograms in facilities where staff have been educated about accessibility, disability awareness, and cultural competency.

We invite you to preview the following documents that AAHD and our partners have developed:

   To order Tip Sheets,download Tips-BreastCancer-OrderForm4

Susan G. Komen Grant 2009-10

The American Association on Health and Disability was the recipient of a grant for 2009-2010 from Susan G. Komen® for the Cure entitled “Project Accessibility: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities.” The purpose of the grant was to

      1. Increase breast cancer screening among women with disabilities and women from various cultures by administering a survey tool to assess the accessibility (environmental, architectural, communication, attitudinal, linguistic) barriers in mammography facilities located in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County in Maryland, Alexandria City in Virginia, and Fairfax, Loudon, Arlington, and Prince William Counties in Virginia.
      2. Increase disability awareness, cultural sensitivity and knowledge of health care providers at mammogram facilities in the targeted locations that will promote breast cancer screenings for women with disabilities and women from various cultures.
      3. Address cultural and linguistic barriers by providing materials for clients and healthcare providers which are culturally and linguistically appropriate and focus on breast self exam techniques, cancer risk factors, and prevention.

We invite you to preview the following documents that AAHD and our partners have developed:

For further information on women with disabilities and breast health, please visit:

Susan G. Komen Grant 2007

The American Association on Health and Disability was a recipient of a grant in 2007 from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The grant was titled, “Increasing Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities in Montgomery County, MD by Improving Access, Education and Training at Mammography Sites”. The purpose of the grant was to

    1. Survey women with disabilities about getting mammograms. AAHD, with Montgomery County Government’s Women’s Cancer Control Program and the Commission on People with Disabilities, worked on this effort to promote the ability of women with disabilities to have routine mammograms. Women with a disability who were either (1) 40 years of age or older or (2) younger than 40 but were advised by their health care provider to have a mammogram were surveyed.
    2. Increase breast cancer screening among women with disabilities by distributing a survey tool to assess the accessibility (environmental, architectural, communication, attitudinal) barriers in mammography facilities located in Montgomery County, MD by surveying facilities and identifying barriers.
    3. Increase disability awareness, sensitivity and knowledge of health care providers at mammogram facilities in Montgomery County, MD that will promote breast cancer screenings for women with disabilities.
    4. Develop Montgomery County Task Force on Increasing Access to Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities.