Savannah’s Community Health Mission will receive a $10,000 grant Feb. 19 from the Susan Komen Foundation’s Savannah Affiliate organization to help fund their breast cancer screening and education program “One Woman at a time.”
Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate announced the grant giving ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the First City Club in Savannah. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. where the Coastal Georgia Affiliate plans to hand out several checks totally $70,000 to local organizations. This will mark the first time the Affiliate group has had the opportunity to fund local projects and the all-volunteer group is excited to help the community.
“Our goal is to get the money out to where it needs to go to further breast cancer screenings and education,” said Sue Adler, chairwoman of the local grant committee.
The Mission’s program, One Woman at the Time, was developed in conjunction with the Mission’s four gynecologists and the National Black Leadership Initiative for Cancer- Savannah (NBLIC-III).
“One Woman at the Time will help uninsured working women to obtained breast screening services as well as breast health education, specially among African American an Hispanic women,” said Dr. Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer, the Executive Director of Community Health Mission.
The free health care facility, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, offers free primary healthcare to 6,000 uninsured residents of Savannah. The majority of the their patients are working women, who have to choose between feeding their kids or paying insurance premiums. People living in Savannah who are between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance and are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid might be eligible for free clinic services and should call the Mission’s office to see if they meet all necessary guidelines.
Community Health Mission, formerly know as Community HealthCare Center/Savannah Health Mission, is a private, non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt organization.
To learn more about Savannah’s Community Health Mission, log on to www.chmsavannah.org or call 912-692-1451.