By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun
6:28 PM EDT, April 3, 2012
The Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded $2.2 million to 26 local health departments, hospitals and other programs to provide free mammograms, breast exams and diagnostic tests.
The money will also be used for support programs, patient mentoring, meals, transportation, outreach in minority communities and financial assistance for those in treatment.
Recipient groups include: Allegany County Health Department; Baltimore County Department of Health; Baltimore Medical System Inc.; Calvert Memorial Hospital; Cecil County Health Department; Center for a Healthy Maryland Inc.; Chase Brexton Health Services Inc.; Franklin Square Hospital; Harbor Hospital Foundation; Howard County Health Department; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; MAC Inc.; Maryland General Hospital; Mercy Medical Center; Meritus Health; Moveable Feast Inc.; Northwest Hospital Center Inc.; Nueva Vida; St. Mary's Hospital; The Pro Bono Counseling Project; The Red Devils; University of Maryland Medical System Foundation; Wicomico County Health Department; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; and University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Another $800,000 was awarded locally for national research through Komen headquarters.
"We are thrilled to be able to provide funding to 26 strong and committed organizations this year," said Robin Prothro, executive director of Komen Maryland, in a statement. "It is organizations such as these that help us to fight this terrible disease and find the cures while helping those in our own community who are affected."
Grantees are chosen by an independent panel through a competitive process, that considers impact, feasibility, capacity, collaboration and sustainability, the group said.
The national Komen organization was heavily criticized earlier this year for a decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood, which offers abortion services as well as preventive and clinical care. But Maryland Planned Parenthood is not funded by the local Komen affiliate. The national group later reversed its decision.
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