Swedish Covenant Hospital’s community breast health program was created to ensure that low-income women in the community receive much needed breast cancer screening and detection. Thanks to the generosity of foundations, corporate, and individual donors, what began in 2006 as a free mammography program at Swedish Covenant Hospital has grown to include a continuum of breast health services from screening through survivorship.
Today, the community breast health program provides education, breast cancer detection services, survivorship support and patient navigation to guide women through the sometimes confusing process. The survivorship program focuses on improving health and well-being following diagnosis through supplementary programs including exercise, massage, stress reduction therapy, and support groups.
Swedish Covenant Hospital partners with 10 community health and human service organizations to ensure that those women most in need are able to access services. Services are provided free-of-charge to low-income women who are uninsured or underinsured and who face numerous barriers to care due to financial hardship, culture and language, logistical challenges and documentation status.
The community breast health program is funded with generous grant support from the A Silver Lining Foundation, the Avon Foundation, the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Illinois Department of Human Services Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure Grant Program, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Washington Square Health Foundation.