2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Since 1991, Komen CNY has raised over $8.8 million with over $5.5 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects and $2.5 million in national research grants.

Arise Child and Family Service, Inc. 

ARISE’s project will reach the following underserved populations: African American, Hispanic and refugee women living in Syracuse; uninsured/underinsured women; women who live in rural areas. We also reach out to women with disabilities, who are too often a sub group of the underserved/uninsured due to a disproportionately high rate of unemployed, living in poverty and facing barriers to services. Key activities include increasing public awareness; promoting Early Screening; and providing One-on-One Support to help women overcome barriers to receiving a mammogram and navigating follow-up care. Project objectives include a) performing outreach at 24 community venues and via 6 media outlets to reach at least2000 people, b) holding bi-monthly raffles that result in 240 mammogram pledges, and c) providing one-on-one assistance to 10 women. ARISE evaluates results through process evaluation that measures how activities are carried out, and by measuring the impact of services for participants.

Crouse Health Foundation


To increase the number of women who get tested for breast cancer, Crouse will work to lessen the impact of the barriers of poverty and lack of education and/or access to healthcare through outreach to diverse members of the community. The overarching goal is to insure that all women, including 30 to 40 year old women with strong family histories, from the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County receive mammography screening as well as a follow-up appointment if needed. We will provide education and outreach:  to Syracuse minority populations including refugee populations through the Syracuse City School District and those who have substance use disorders through Crouse’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services; outreach to appropriate physician offices; and outreach and programs aimed at women in all walks of life both urban and rural through Spirit of Women programs in collaboration with community groups such as area YMCAs and Clear Path for Veterans women’s group.

Onondaga County Health Department, Cancer Services Program

This project will target African American and other minority women living in the City of Syracuse, as well as Native American women of the Onondaga Nation. Project activities will include outreach, education, and also will provide screening services in these underserved communities.  Project funds will be used to carry out evidence-based activities to provide these at-risk populations with direct access to breast cancer screening services.  The project will reduce cultural and financial barriers to care and build awareness for the availability of free and reduced-cost breast cancer screening services.  This project will increase collaboration and the use of shared resources in our community to achieve Komen for the Cure’s ultimate goal of reducing late state diagnoses of breast cancer.  In total, this project will educate 350 women and provide screening services to 180 women.

Upstate Medical University

SHE MATTERS: Making Women Wiser will increase breast cancer awareness and awareness about mammography screening among low income, primarily African American women, through peer outreach, education, elimination of barriers, and advice to navigation. The target population is the 753 women who reside in the Pioneer Homes, Toomey Abbott Tower and Almus Olver Tower public housing communities located on the City of Syracuse’s Near Southwest side.

The program will address breast health disparities among low-income, inner-city African American women who are at risk for aggressive, early onset breast cancer and having the highest rates of late stage diagnosis. Trained, culturally-sensitive resident health advocates will educate their peers about breast cancer risks and early detection via door-to-door and community outreach, group education sessions, and community partnerships, to change behaviors and make early breast cancer screening a priority for African American women.