CLEVELAND -- A huge day in the fight against breast cancer began early this morning at Key Bank as 50 Community Health Advisors began training to help save lives in their own neighborhoods.
In March 2011, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® received a $1 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation to establish the Susan G. Komen Community Health Advisor Training Program.
This largest-ever national grant awarded by the Foundation will help Komen activate its network to address the significant breast cancer burden facing uninsured and minority women.
The use of community health advisors (CHAs) is well documented as an effective and sustainable method for: Promoting health education, Empowering women, and Improving health outcomes in communities that are difficult to access.
The Susan G. Komen Community Health Advisor Training Program, made possible by the KeyBank Foundation, will certify nearly 500 CHAs in 18 different cities that Key Bank serves to provide peer-to-peer breast health education and support to underserved women.
At the end of the four-year grant period, it is estimated that trained Susan G. Komen CHAs will have reached more than 110,000 medically underserved women, empowering them with the knowledge and resources to prevent a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis.
Training began today in Cleveland, but the local affiliate is still looking to recruit more CHAs. Training will begin next month in Akron and Canton. If you're interested in the program call 216 292 CURE for more information.