Su Salud Breast Health Care Initiative Receives Funding from the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Foundation for St. Francis and Franklin is honored to receive a grant from the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the 11th year in a row. Through a grant of $64,905, the Su Salud/Your Health program will continue to deliver culturally competent, bilingual educational presentations, comprehensive patient services, and breast cancer screenings to underserved women. The Foundation is grateful to have partners such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure that are committed to lowering barriers for women in our communities to access breast health care.
Su Salud/Your Health is an innovative breast health care initiative that has served more than 3,500 women in Milwaukee since 2004 and reduces barriers for women traditionally underserved by the health care system – those who are poor, uninsured, have limited English language skills, or lack familiarity with the health care delivery system with a focus on Hispanic women. The program seeks to create understanding, access and a compassionate support system for women who have traditionally been reluctant to engage in or otherwise excluded from life-saving breast cancer screenings. In 2014-2015, the Foundation aims to provide education for 450 women, and provide a minimum of 400 women with a mammogram, or a mammogram with a clinical breast exam.
Su Salud creates a support system for women who are reluctant to engage in or are excluded from breast cancer education and screenings. Should a woman require follow-up screening or care, our team provides financial coordination and navigation services to provide direction and support as she moves through the diagnostic and treatment services, including working to access health, insurance, financial and emotional resources. By providing life-saving outreach, education and screening programs, we can detect and prevent breast cancer among Milwaukee’s traditionally underserved populations.
As breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latinas, Su Salud emphasizes preventative education and screening services. According to a 2007 study among “…patients with equal access to healthcare, Hispanic women were at significantly higher risk for being diagnosed with more advanced and more aggressive tumors and at a younger age than non-Hispanic women.” In our experience with Su Salud, Hispanic women with breast cancer typically present at an earlier age and with more advanced cancers. It is because of individualized education and screening programs such as Su Salud that women are able to have the prevention and detection resources they need.
As Su Salud moves into its 11th year serving women in need, the comprehensive model of education and screening has been expanded to Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus. Designed to serve African American women, the “Phenomenal Woman” sister program engages women in community conversations and screening services. We are incredibly grateful to the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for their generosity and commitment to bringing an end to breast cancer in our communities.