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Multiple Approaches to Increase Awareness and Support Among Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

CDC funded seven organizations for a five-year cooperative agreement, “Multiple Approaches to Increase Awareness and Support Among Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer,” under the statutory authorities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Young Women’s Breast Health Awareness and Support of Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, section 399NM pf the of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 280m, and Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 241.

For the first year, the average grant award is $360,000. Total funding for five years is approximately $2.5 million.

About the Cooperative Agreement

This funding specifically supports efforts to address gaps in support and health communication, marketing, and media approaches to disseminating health messages to young breast cancer survivors (YBCS). Funded applicants will address either of the following two component areas—

  1. Development and implementation of a strategic and integrated multimedia health education and awareness campaign aimed at addressing the health information needs of YBCS, including but not limited to—
    1. Family history and genetic risks.
    2. Psychosocial health and support.
    3. Reproductive health and fertility.
    4. Family support.
    5. Other evidence-based preventive lifestyle behaviors.
  2. Provision of structured support services to YBCS from diagnosis through post-treatment, including but not limited to—
    1. Tools to enhance communication between YBCS and providers during the initial diagnosis.
    2. Patient navigation services.
    3. Genetic testing and counseling services.
    4. Services that improve psychosocial functioning during and after treatment.
    5. Services that facilitate communication regarding reproductive health issues and/or the receipt of fertility-related services.

About the Awardees

CDC received applications from 25 organizations. With available resources, CDC was able to fund Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Johns Hopkins University, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, SHARSHERET, Inc., and Young Survival Coalition, Inc. The remaining applications were ranked as “Approved, but Unfunded.”