For uninsured and underinsured women

Washington, D.C. has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the United States. In December 2002, FOR THIS CAUSE, Inc. partnered with Safeway, Inc. of the Mid-Atlantic Region to establish a $35,000 grant for breast cancer screening services for uninsured and underinsured women who are not eligible to receive these type of services under existing federal and local programs. Specifically, the program targets high-risk women, age 39 and younger, who do not have health insurance or their current health insurance provider does not pay for mammograms. The grant was conceived to serve women do not meet the eligibility guidelines for the existing federally funded and local breast screening programs (i.e., Project Wish of Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program) within their city or state usually because of their age or income.

The grant was awarded to Greater Southeast Community Hospital of Washington, D.C. and provides funding for an outreach coordinator and other support services in addition to the free mammograms. Although the hospital primarily serves communities located east of the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, D.C. (commonly referred to as Wards 6, 7, and 8) and southern Prince George's County, Maryland, any high-risk, underinsured/insured woman, age 39 and younger, who lives within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area can receive a free mammogram at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Women may contact Greater Southeast Community Hospital regarding this program at 202-574-6580 or 6581.

FOR THIS CAUSE, Inc., a non-profit organization providing breast cancer awareness and health education programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, has been working to reduce the breast cancer mortality and incidence rate since 2001. With a free mammogram program and innovative community events, such as its Annual Breast Cancer Event and Community Day, National Women's Health Week Event, and TAKE THE CHALLENGE Program, FOR THIS CAUSE, Inc. is raising awareness of breast cancer and its associated issues; bridging the gap between the community, health professionals and researchers; and encouraging women to proactively take steps to improve their overall health and well being. For more information on FOR THIS CAUSE, Inc. or its programs, please contact 202-547-7953.

Funding for this program made possible by: