National Breast Cancer Foundation grant to benefit Parkland patients

Funds will help breast cancer patients receive screenings and navigate diagnosis
NBCF

Parkland Health Foundation is grateful to announce a $355,000 philanthropic investment from National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support mammography screenings, diagnostic services and the breast health patient navigation program. Since 2008, NBCF has been a substantial partner to Parkland Health Foundation to help underserved women and breast cancer patients receive potentially life-saving screenings and navigate a cancer diagnoses.

“Parkland Health Foundation and our patients are grateful for NBCF’s partnership to ensure everyone in our community has equitable access to the resources needed to prevent, detect, treat and thrive beyond a breast cancer diagnosis,” said Michael Horne, EdD, MPP, president and CEO, Parkland Health Foundation.

As the only public safety-net health system in Dallas County, Parkland provides access to healthcare and critical resources regardless of ZIP code, race, ethnicity or income level. At Parkland, breast cancer patients are diagnosed younger than the national average (36% under the age of 50 vs 19% nationally) and at later stages (23% are stage III and IV collectively at the time of diagnosis vs 10% nationally). Nationally, women of color are disproportionately impacted: once diagnosed, Black women have the highest age-adjusted mortality rate for breast cancer, and it is the number one cause of Latinx cancer deaths.

With the support of the NBCF gift, Parkland’s patient navigator program will continue to provide breast cancer patients with a guide to help them every step of their journey from screening to survivorship. The patient navigator program works in tandem with Parkland’s primary care and community organization partners in several ways including, working onsite at outreach events held at partner sites, working in community clinics where patients receive their cancer diagnosis and connecting patients with community resources such as food pantries, transportation and counseling. NBCF’s ongoing partnership will continue to help with cancer education, screening, diagnostic and survivorship care. 

“Parkland Health has a remarkable legacy of saving and improving the lives of patients throughout Dallas,” said Douglas Feil, NBCF chief program officer. “Parkland is one of our top hospital partners in the U.S. They use every available resource – science, data, hard work, innovation, and heart – to get results and ensure that every patient has equal access to the best care available.”

More than 30,000 screening exams and diagnostic tests are provided through Parkland’s comprehensive breast health program each year. Parkland continues to decrease barriers to care and address existing disparities in Dallas County through its clinics—the Moody Center for Breast Health which opened in 2021, and the mammography suite at the C.V. Roman Health Center that opened in 2022.

About National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education, and support services to those affected by breast cancer. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for 17 years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Patient Navigation, breast health education, and patient support programs. For more information, please visit https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/.

About Parkland Health Foundation

Parkland Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to securing substantial financial resources that advance the goals of Parkland Health (Parkland). Parkland’s mission is to advance wellness, relieve suffering, develop and educate. Our vision is to advance health equity through excellence as a public health system. Parkland Health Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that our community has a medical home for a continuum of care from birth to end of life.

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