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News Release
Thursday, September 28, 2017

American Cancer Society and the National Football League Award Grant to Coastal Health & Wellness to Fight Breast and Colorectal Cancer in Galveston County

– The American Cancer Society (ACS), as part of its Community Health Advocates Implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, has awarded a $75,000 grant to Coastal Health & Wellness to fight breast and colorectal cancer in Galveston County.

The grant is made possible by a partnership between ACS and the National Football League, with support from the Houston Texans. The NFL’s Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer program is aimed at increasing access to cancer education, prevention and screening resources in underserved communities.

Grant funding will support Coastal Health & Wellness efforts to address breast and colorectal cancer by improving access to screening, reducing cancer screening disparities and increasing outreach and education to Galveston County residents.
These goals will be achieved, in part, by hiring staff dedicated to implementing processes that will allow Coastal Health & Wellness to provide regular screening reminders to patients, addressing barriers, like finances and transportation, that may prevent people from completing screening, and helping patients get connected to follow-up care and treatment resources, if needed.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with Coastal Health & Wellness and the NFL on this project,” said Damita Hines, American Cancer Society Health Systems Manager. “Over the next 18-months, the health center will utilize their funding to create a comprehensive breast and colorectal cancer screening program that will have a huge impact on cancer screening outcomes in the Galveston County community, even beyond the project period.”

Galveston County is one of 32 communities to have a grant recipient focused on reducing the unequal burden of cancer by focusing on breast and colorectal cancer disparities and outcomes.

“We are honored to have this crucial financial support to expand access to breast and colorectal cancer prevention and screening services for the people of Galveston County,” said Mary McClure, CHW Interim Executive Director. “Our goal is to make a positive impact and we know that’s possible with the support of the American Cancer Society, NFL,
and the Houston Texans.”

The grant will kick off with a Crucial Catch Day – Intercept Cancer event at Coastal Health & Wellness (9850-C Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City) on October 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will offer attendees cancer prevention and screening education, family-friendly activities, giveaways and refreshments. Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Houston Texans mascot TORO and an Ambassador will be on hand to meet attendees.

Health disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services.

ACS collaborates with community health systems to reach individuals in communities with higher burdens of cancer and limited access to cancer screening.

Since 2012, CHANGE grants funded by the NFL have been awarded to community health systems to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to breast cancer screening resources within communities experiencing an unequal burden of the cancer.

Collectively, grant funded health systems have provided more than 344,000 outreach & education interventions and have contributed to more than 152,000 breast cancer screenings provided at low or no cost.

Thanks to our health systems grantees demonstrated impact and the NFL’s continued commitment to this lifechanging work, the NFL is expanding its efforts on cancer prevention and early detection across multiple cancers in 2017.

This expanded funding opportunity will continue to address breast cancer disparities while also addressing either colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, or HPV vaccination. The Society’s vision is a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer and all cancers. Prevention and early detection programs, such as the CHANGE grant program, help to eliminate cancer-related health disparities and reach this vision.

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