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With Komen Grant, Employees Bring Better Access to Patients, Help Save Lives

Renown Health has been working to improve its community outreach, especially to patients that may be under-served for cancer prevention. That is where a recent grant from Susan G. Komen Nevada has come in – and the results have been great.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that Nevada has a higher breast cancer rate than the national average. To that end, Renown Health Foundation earned a grant from Susan G. Komen Nevada to support free mammography screening and diagnostic services for women in Washoe County and Carson City. ​

After receiving the grant, a group of Renown employees started the work to reach the women who needed this service the most. Those employees include:

  • Jess Shorter, Breast Health Coordinator
  • Kayla Flores, Breast Health Coordinator
  • Georganna Reynolds, Nurse Navigator, Renown Institute for Cancer
  • Norma Restivo, Development Officer, Renown Health Foundation

In conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno, they hosted focus groups to understand the cultural factors of the region’s minority groups to better understand their audience.

From there, they reached out to 26 specific groups to find women who could use free screenings. These included local food banks, homeless shelters, reduced-cost clinics, church groups and the Native American health services network. The Breast Health Center team also attended 14 different events to provide education and schedule mammograms.

Since their work began in April 2018, there have been 70 women who have received the grant-based mammograms, and six cancers were found. Imaging employees tell us that is five times what you would expect to find in a regular patient population.

Kudos to these employees for inspiring health and increasing the access and affordability of healthcare for our community.