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Grants to provide Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams to Underserved Women

New York, NY – CAI, in partnership with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, has awarded grants totaling more than $2.5 million to 56 nonprofit agencies in 33 states and the District of Columbia.  These grants will provide breast health screening to medically underserved women.  The grants are part of the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (Avon BHOP) administered by CAI, with a mission to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services, particularly low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations who often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

"This program saves women’s lives by providing critically needed mammography screening and breast health education to women,” said CAI's President and Founder, Barbara Cicatelli. "Since 2000, through CAI, Avon BHOP has awarded nearly $74 million through 1,700 competitive grants to community-based agencies throughout the U.S."

CAI administers a rigorous application and independent review process to select grant recipients, who in turn have made a major impact on the lives of underserved women who are in need of breast cancer screening services. Breast screening rates are significantly lower among women with lower incomes, less education and those with no health insurance.1

Through 2014, Avon BHOP grantees facilitated more than 2.3 million mammograms and breast examinations and educated more than 15 million people on breast cancer awareness.

Among the recipients for 2016 are six new grantees including:

  • Breast Care for Washington, Washington, DC
  • Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs Inc., Brooker, FL
  • Foundation for Annie Jeffrey, Osceola, NE
  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., Flushing, NY
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Beaumont, TX

Avon BHOP is funded by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.  To learn more about CAI’s Avon BHOP project, visit here.

2016 Grants Awarded include:

Grantee Organization, City, State 2016 AVON BHOP Grant
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK                 $55,000
Family Services Center of Coffee County, Inc., Enterprise, AL $50,000
Encore for Women’s Health, Little Rock, AR $45,375
Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ $26,000
Samaritan House, San Mateo, CA $30,000
Vista Community Clinic, Vista, CA $50,000
YWCA of North Orange County, Fullerton, CA $80,000
La Clinica Tepeyac Inc., Denver, CO $43,982
Witness Project of Connecticut Inc., Bridgeport, CT        $45,000
Breast Care for Washington, Washington, DC $55,000
Christiana Care Health Services Inc., Newark, DE $50,000
Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc., Brooker, FL $27,000
Morton Plant Mease Health Care Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL $50,000
Center for Pan Asian Community Services Inc., Atlanta, GA $40,000
Xilin Association, Naperville, IL $30,000
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Inc., Sauget, IL $38,000
YWCA of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN $50,000
United Methodist Western Kansas, Garden City, KS $30,000
Martin Luther King Health Center, Shreveport, LA $30,000
YWCA Of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA $65,000
YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford, MA $50,000
YWCA Of Malden, Malden, MA $59,000
YMCA Bangor/Caring Connections, Bangor, ME $21,000
Catherine’s Health Center, Grand Rapids, MI $26,300
Cherry Street Services Inc., Grand Rapids, MI $50,000
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services Access, Dearborn, MI $60,000
Breakfast Club Inc., Florissant, MO $35,000
YWCA St. Joseph’s, Saint Joseph, MO $35,000
Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, Ruleville, MS $50,000
Partnership Health Center Inc., Missoula, MT $45,000
Rural Health Group Inc., Roanoke Rapids, NC $45,000
Foundation for Annie Jeffrey, Osceola, NE $27,500
Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc., Phillipsburg, NJ $25,000
Cooper Health Systems, Camden, NJ $45,000
Saint Michael’s Medical Center Inc., Newark, NJ $50,000
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., Flushing, NY $30,000
Project Renewal Inc., New York, NY $55,000
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Inc., New York, NY $60,000
Chenango Health Network Inc., Norwich, NY $60,000
YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County, Binghamton, NY $65,500
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH $44,620
YWCA of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH $51,000
Latino Community Development Agency Inc., Oklahoma City, OK $40,000
YWCA of Northern Rhode Island, Woonsocket, RI $65,000
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC $40,160
Cancer & Chronic Disease Consortium, El Paso, TX $40,000
YWCA of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX $42,000
Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Beaumont, TX $45,000
Asian American Health Coalition of the Greater Houston Area, Houston, TX $50,000
YWCA of Lubbock Texas Inc., Lubbock, TX $50,000
Alliance Community Services, Salt Lake City, UT $60,000
Vietnamese Resettlement Association Inc., Falls Church, VA $35,000
Arlington Free Clinic Inc., Arlington, VA $39,000
Nueva Vida Inc., Alexandria, VA $50,000
Center for Multicultural Health, Seattle, WA $30,580
West Virginia Health Right Inc., Charleston, WV $50,000

About CAI: CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For 36 years CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in more than 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering more than 1,500 training programs annually, CAI’s passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information, visit our website:

About Avon Foundation for Women:  The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2014, Avon global philanthropy has donated nearly $1 billion in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. 

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