KeyBank Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to Introduce Novel
Community Health Program for Underserved Women in Indianapolis
October 24th Breast Health Summit Kicks Off Community Health Advisor Training
Program for Low-Income and Uninsured Women
$1 Million Grant from KeyBank Foundation Funds Breast Cancer Education and
Support in 18 Communities
INDIANAPOLIS -- October 24, 2012
A unique program that provides education to minority and medically underserved
women launches today in Indianapolis, when KeyBank Foundation and Susan G.
Komen for the Cure gather community leaders for a Breast Health Summit to
begin training more than two dozen Komen Community Health Advisors for the
The Indianapolis launch is one of 18 in the U.S. Nationally, the program will
train more than 500 community volunteers to provide breast cancer education
and support to minority and medically underserved women in cities served by
KeyBank and Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Funded by a
$1 million grant from KeyBank Foundation, the program will expand to serve
more than 110,000 women in 18 KeyBank communities over the next two years.
This community-based initiative, which officially kicked off in Cleveland,
Ohio, on April 12, is in keeping with Komen’s focus on lowering death rates
from breast cancer in minority and medically underserved populations.
“Breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and a woman dies of breast
cancer every 13 minutes in the United States,” said Beth E. Mooney, KeyCorp
Chairman and CEO. “Its impact is especially devastating for women of color,
who are more likely to die from breast cancer, and for poor or uninsured
women. Our investment in this community health program reflects our corporate
diversity vision and is just one way we give back to the communities where the
people of Key live and work.”
The Breast Health Summit will focus on improving access to quality breast
health services for uninsured, low-income and medically underserved women in
the Indianapolis area. Featured panelists will include local health experts
and breast cancer survivor Lisa Hayes, who is the director of the Women’s
Health Initiative at the Gennesaret Free Clinic. The panel of experts includes
Dr. Monet Bowling, a surgical oncologist at Indiana University Health;
Antoinette Holt, the director of the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana
State Department of Health; Dr. Christina Kim, a breast surgical oncologist at
Community Health Network; Dr. Alfredo Lopez, a medical director at Alivio
Medical Center; and Patrick Wooten, the director of Patient Navigation and
Outreach Services at Wishard Health Services.
After the summit, 30 local volunteers will begin training as community health
advisors who will educate women facing breast cancer.
The initiative will continue throughout 2012 and 2013 to train more than 500
advisors in 18 cities: Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton
and Toledo in Ohio; Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in New York;
Indianapolis; Denver; Bonita Springs, FL.; Tacoma, Bellevue and Bellingham in
Washington, and Portland, OR.
“Susan G. Komen has worked for 30 years to reach the most vulnerable women in
our society with information and support that could save their lives,” said
Nancy G. Brinker, Komen Founder and CEO. “It’s a tragedy that still today, so
many women are unaware of their risk for breast cancer and lack access to
resources, treatment and care. KeyBank’s commitment to building this community
initiative brings us all closer to the ultimate goal of a world without death
from breast cancer.”
Minority Health Issues
In Indiana, African American women are just as likely to receive a screening
mammogram as Caucasian women but are 42 percent more likely to die from breast
cancer, and are more than 90 percent as likely not to have health insurance
compared to Caucasians, making the challenges even greater.
Hispanics are the second largest minority group in Indiana and cancer is the
second leading cause of death, accounting for 20 percent of all deaths.
Hispanic females are 20 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than
non-Hispanic white females who are diagnosed at the similar age and stage.
Because access to health care coverage is not widely available to Hispanics,
they are 90 percent less likely to see a doctor because of cost compared to
the general population.
“The importance of peer-to-peer education that directs women to vital
screening services is already being demonstrated here locally in
Indianapolis,” said Dana Curish, executive director of Komen's Central Indiana
Affiliate. “The need for these programs is growing all across the country. The
support from KeyBank Foundation is integral to show how impactful education
programs can be and hopefully inspire additional like-minded initiatives
targeting the most vulnerable populations who need these services the most.”
About KeyBank Foundation
KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation, funded by KeyCorp.
Founded in 1969 as Society Foundation, it became known as Key Foundation in
1996 and KeyBank Foundation in 2009. The Foundation, through its civic
programs, corporate contributions and volunteerism supports organizations that
foster economic self-sufficiency, principally where KeyBank operates. As a
corporate neighbor, the Foundation advances economic self-sufficiency through
its funding priorities, which help communities and individuals prosper:
• Financial Education – Fostering effective financial management and
understanding of financial services and tools
• Workforce Development – Providing training and placement for people to
access job opportunities
• Diversity – Promoting inclusive environments by employing systemic changes
to improve the access of individuals of diverse backgrounds
Key traces its history back more than 160 years and is headquartered in
Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services
companies, Key has assets of approximately $89 billion, as of March 31, 2012.
Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to
individuals as well as small and medium-sized businesses in 14 states under
the name of KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of
sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and
acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and
derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the
United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do
everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen for the
Cure® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through
ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in
more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and
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