People Can Lead Healthy Lives

Womens Breast Health Fund

Women’s Breast Health Fund dedicated to serving breast cancer survivors

The Women’s Breast Health Fund (WBHF) is a Field of Interest Fund dedicated to making life better for women who are facing breast cancer and for their loved ones. This mission extends across the continuum of breast cancer care, from the time of diagnosis through followup care and every subsequent stage of life for the survivor.

In 2013, WBHF awarded its second round of grants — a total of $750,000 to support three innovative programs (see below for more details).

Open for 2014 proposals

The 2014 grant cycle opened in late 2013 to new proposals according to these guidelines: WBHFgrantguidelines2014

2014 deadlines include:

  • January 17, 2014: Submission of a Letter of Intent
  • February 3, 2014:  Notification to selected agencies to submit Full Proposal
  • March 4, 2014:  Full Proposal due
  • May 28, 2014:  Notification of grant awards

Contact Madeline Harris, Director of the Women’s Breast Health Fund, for more information or if you have questions about this process, which is separate from other Community Foundation grantmaking.

2013 grants from WBHF

WBHF began great partnerships with the following organizations with grants awarded in May 2013:

  • UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Program, “SPARC (Supportive and Palliative Advocacy Resource for the Community)”The SPARC Program plans to educate and train caregivers, community members, lay professionals and medical professionals to bridge the gap between the medical care setting and the community. A SPARC website will be developed to allow for ongoing navigator support, education and connection. SPARC is designed to link community based non-medical support with the medical care of breast cancer survivors and their families.
  • UAB Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine, “Harvest for Health”“Harvest for Health” builds on a successful pilot study where Master Gardeners worked with cancer survivors over the course of a year to establish a vegetable garden. At the end of the study, survivors not only improved their diet and exercise behaviors, but also improved their physical functioning. “Harvest for Health” is intended to help breast cancer survivors and their families lead healthy and economically secure lives, and will forge new inroads to potentially offer this sustainable service statewide.
  • UAB School of Nursing, “Smart Phone Application (APP) for Breast Cancer Resources”This project builds upon the mobile application (APP) of cancer resources funded by the Women’s Breast Health Fund in 2012. To date, over 500 independent cancer resources have been identified, reviewed, grouped into categories and uploaded to the APP. This project will refine the APP by eliminating software issues, disseminate the APP to collaborators and colleagues and will work to maintain current resources to sustain the APP.