249139 Funders as partners: Improving access to care and addressing disparities in Washington D.C

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:30 AM

Heather Patrick , Health Sciences - Community Health, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Dallas, TX
Amari Pearson-Fields, MPH , Cancer Screening and Control Group, Community Health Administration, DC Department of Health, Washington, DC
Marc Hurlbert, PhD , Avon Foundation, New York, NY
YaVonne Vaughan, MPS , DC Cancer Consortium, Washington, DC
Susan G. Komen for the Cure's® promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to discover the cures. In Washington D.C., Susan G. Komen for the Cure® conducted a comprehensive needs assessment to understand the barriers that influence a woman's access to quality care. Findings revealed significant gaps in outreach and education efforts in the District. Outreach was determined low priority because of low organizational capacity and despite millions being invested in education efforts, little was known about the effectiveness of breast cancer health promotion and education programs. Findings also indicated that education programs were not reaching high risk populations.

The needs assessment served as the impetus for bringing together Avon, The Department of Health, The DC Cancer Consortium and Komen in the region to gather and commit to critically evaluating existing funding practices and implementing policies that would allow them to create collective processes and measurement reporting systems in order to increase capacity of grantees and reduce duplication. As a result of the changes, these groups are able to better align their funding priorities throughout the continuum of care with the needs in the community to increase impact.

This presentation will describe the major foundations making breast cancer grants in Washington D.C. and review the analysis process they followed to assess trends and funding limitations. Finally, there will be a discussion on local policy changes implemented and the expected benefits to funders, grantees and populations disproportionately affected by breast cancer in Washington D.C.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. The presentation will describe key funding foundations in Washington D.C. and the partnership they established to complete a systematic analysis of breast cancer funding in the District. 2. The presentation will discuss how as partners, funders shared processes and tools in order to create a standardized approach to funding breast cancer programs in the District. 3. The presentation will report findings and demonstrate how the results allowed funders to strategically align funding based on needs throughout the continuum of care to prevent duplication and increase impact. 4. The presentation will discuss how as partners, funders worked together to develop consistent and cohesive outreach and education messaging to move people to take action to get care.

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content of this presentation because I am one of the leading participants in the D.C. funders collaborative. Additionally, I have more than 10 years of experience and expertise in managing grants, improving funding administrative processes and working with different partnerships to improve quality of care and access to care. I currently oversee the grants program in the National Captial Area for Susan G. Komen for the Cure managing 20 active, multi-year grants that total more than $4.5 million.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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