Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF)

Columbia, MD

Mission

The American Breast Cancer Foundation's (ABCF) mission is to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender.

Ruling Year

1998

President & CEO

Mr. Jacky Loube

Main Address

10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 480

Columbia, MD 21044 USA

Keywords

Breast cancer foundation, breast cancer, women, uninsured coverage, mammogram, health care, screenings, preventative healthcare

EIN

52-2031814

 Number

6234654308

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

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The American Breast Cancer Foundation's primary goal is to make early detection screenings and other diagnostic testing available to individuals who are uninsured and underserved. Such individuals have no other means of access to the potentially life-saving power of early breast cancer detection. by making such screenings and diagnostic tests available, ABCF strives to improve the chances of ruling out breast cancer entirely, or diagnosing the disease at an early stage to enhance potential successful treatments and increase survivorship.

Through targeted community outreach, ABCF will connect with underserved populations, determined to gain a better understanding of the barriers which hinder access to life saving tests for breast cancer. This outreach includes providing support services such as health education, and other resources. Motivated to assist in reducing or eliminating the barriers that hinder access, ABCF aspires to decrease the mortality rate of breast cancer per year in the United States. From 2016 through 2021, ABCF will reach over 7,000 individuals through its Breast Cancer Assistance Program, over 8,000 individuals through its Community Partnership Program, over 500 individuals through community outreach, and will be included as one of the top 20 preferred organizations which provide individuals and healthcare consortiums with funding for breast cancer screenings.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation will network nationally to be a consistent financial resource for breast and cervical cancer early detection programs, health departments, medical clinics, hospitals, and private medical facilities; all which are considered the initial point of contact for the uninsured and underserved population. As a reliable resource within the breast health network, ABCF will continue to increase the number of individuals asissted through its Breast Cancer Assistance Program and Community Partnership Program. These programs will provide a safe and comforting environment, both online and by phone, for those in need, to search for and find support and services.

ABCF will take on more community outreach opportunities per year, to educate the public on the importance of breast health, and assess the barriers that underserved communities face in accessing screening for breast cancer. Reducing barriers in targeted communities will encourage individuals to become proactive in their breast health, and decrease the mortality rate of breast cancer within the United States.

ABCF will broaden and increase its national community partnerships with medical clinics and health care consortiums to continue to provide breast cancer screenings at no cost to underserved communities. In addition to providing financial assistance to individuals in need, ABCF will also provide via their website, the most accurate and up-to-date health education information about breast cancer, early detection, interventions, and cutting-edge treatment options.



The American Breast Cancer Foundation operates a national Breast Cancer Assistance Program that provides direct national assistance grants for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests to uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. Through the program's call center, our bilingual program specialists receive over 200 calls every month, with over 750 individuals enrolled into the program every year. Extensive research is routinely conducted in order to remain current on additional resources available for referral within the breast health network. Such resources are utilized as a referral for individuals who are in need of assistance that ABCF does not provide. Maintaining relationships within the breast health network increases our presence in underserved communities nationwide.

ABCF also operates a national Community Partnership Program that provides substantial amounts of funding to medical clinics and healthcare consortiums, to make breast cancer screenings FREE to uninsured and underserved communities. ABCF's community partners have the ability to negotiate FDA approved mammography, making it possible to assist a greater number of individuals at the lowest cost.

In order to further increase access to breast health screening and care, a new concept, the Community Advocacy Program is being explored by ABCF. The mission of the initiative would be to save lives from breast cancer by reducing the barriers to breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Community advocates will guide patients through the healthcare system. The program seeks to educate, engage, and empower clients, while providing an improved patient experience for those battling breast cancer.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation continuously monitors their programs, networking endeavors, fundraising events, and community outreach strategies for their efficacy. The Breast Cancer Assistance Program has an access database that documents each encounter with all clients assisted. The database includes demographics, a variety of statistics, grant awards, and quality control surveys which enable ABCF to provide effective support and services. Through the database, ABCF can generate reports that compare data from different years to evaluate efficacy, progress, and impact. ABCF takes great pride in the program experience by guiding each individual from the initial call, to diagnosis and treatment, ensuring that our services are fully utilized and working in the individual's best interest.

Our Community Partnership Program is also held to a standard of quality. Each Community Partnership is contractually obligated to provide demographics, statistic information, grant awards, and quality control surveys for evaluation of efficacy, progress, and impact. Our partners report this information to ABCF quarterly. Reports from community outreaches are also required and include the number of preliminary applications, barriers to access, health education literature distribution, and contact information gathered from clients who wish in remain involved with ABCF. Community outreach is evaluated by the number of individuals enrolled into the program as a result from the outreach and the barriers assessed. Networking is evaluated by ABCF's ability to create partnerships within the breast health network and underserved communities throughout the United States.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation also closely monitors their social media activity, and website analytics. ABCF will continue to be vigilant, analytical, and reactive to all feedback data received.


The American Breast Cancer Foundation strives to meet the challenges presented in our mission statement: To provide financial assistance for diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age and gender. ABCF continues to increase the number of clients served per year through ABCF's Breast Cancer Assistance Program and Community Partnership Program. The number of community partnerships that ABCF has established has tripled since the pilot partnership began in 2008. The long term goal for the Community Partnership Program is to establish at least one partnership in the most highly underserved community in each state.

ABCF has created a new educational resource guide, Think Pink, which now includes the most up-to-date information on breast health. This information will be available for distribution at community outreaches, health fairs, doctor's offices, school systems, etc. This resource can also be found on ABCF's recently launched, updated website. The website allows the public to access breast cancer assistance, health education, and other support services. We have contacted leading resources in the breast health network to ensure that our name and services are present in the community.

The Newly Diagnosed Patient Kits, when available, will be distributed upon request to individual callers who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and are unsure of the next steps to take. These kits will contain an abundance of information on the stages of breast cancer, varying treatment options, counseling, financial help, survivor networks. As well as support videos of individuals with similar issues facing breast cancer, encouraging hand written notes from survivors, and resource lists for additional support such as, wigs travel reimbursement, medications, lymphedema garments, and prosthesis bras.

From January 2012 through January 2015, ABCF received assistance from every state in the nation, Puerto Rico, and 3 foreign countries. ABCF partners with individuals, sponsors, and organizations to increase funding. In the final analysis, although we have assisted countless individuals, sources of additional funding should be explored in order to provide the necessary services to every client in need.

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American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF)

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