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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 2012, WBHF awarded its first grants — a total of $550,000 to support three innovative programs (see below for more details).

Open for 2013 proposals

The 2013 grant cycle opened in late 2012 to new proposals according to these guidelines: WBHFgrantguidelines2013

2013 deadlines include:

  • January 17, 2013: Submission of a Letter of Intent
  • February 1, 2013:  Notification to selected agencies to submit Full Proposal
  • March 4, 2013:  Full Proposal due
  • May 15, 2013:  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.

2012 grants from WBHF

WBHF began great partnerships with the following organizations with grants awarded in May 2012:

  • Baptist Health Foundation, $300,000 over 18 months to support a community navigator network for breast cancer survivors. This pilot program, called Breast Cancer Survivor Network: Resources for Living, aims to provide support and guidance/navigation for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones, regardless of treatment location or stage of survivorship. A focus in Bessemer and West End builds on existing relationships with area churches and members of the Baptist Physician Alliance to identify survivors and address needs. The Baptist Health Foundation is providing a partial match of $100,000.
  • Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, $100,126, to support the Greater Birmingham Partnership for Supportive Care of Breast Cancer Survivors.  This project facilitates routine distress assessment electronically by providing training for health care providers and offers resources to address the needs identified via a smart phone application. This assessment and plan also is designed for linkage to an electronic medical record and to be available for use by any provider in the community.
  • School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, $150,000 over two years to support the Young Breast Cancer Survivors Network.  This project aims to improve the quality of life of young breast cancer survivors and their loved ones through education, one-on-one support, distance learning and media networking. The School of Nursing will work with the existing support group at the American Cancer Society and other organizations that can provide support services for women diagnosed before age 55 and their loved ones. The web-based nature of this program will allow greater flexibility for young women with busy schedules. The project also provides support for children of survivors through a partnership with Oasis Counseling for Women and Children.