Komen announces 8 local grant recipients

The Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona Affiliate recently announced this year’s community grants recipients. The organization is awarding a total of $204,763 to eight local organizations in its six-county service area in Southern Arizona.

This year’s recipients are:

  • $9,999 to the University of Arizona Foundation for the benefit of Arizona Cancer Center’s ¡Vida! Educational Series Breast Health Promotion Program to provide breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, and health-care providers bilingual, in-person trainings, teleconferences and delayed, recorded viewing on the Internet.
  • $10,000 to the Arizona Oncology Associates Foundation for Breast Cancer Survivor Programs and Services to support patients with programs and information about day-to-day living with breast cancer.
  • $50,000 to Chiricahua Community Health Centers’ Breast Friends program to provide treatment for individuals in Cochise County who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have no other resources, and to eliminate barriers people in Southeastern Arizona face in achieving breast health via education and awareness raising.
  • $25,000 to the Pima County Health Department’s Bridging the Gap-Screening to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to Pima County’s uninsured and underinsured individuals 40 years and older, and to minority women in rural areas who do not qualify for other services.
  • $49,795 to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center’s Breast Cancer Treatment Program to provide surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and related treatment costs for uninsured and underinsured men and women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and don’t qualify for other funding sources.
  • $25,000 to Tucson Medical Center’s Breast Health and Education Program to provide screening mammograms and follow-up to low-income, uninsured women 40 or older.
  • $24,969 to the UA for education and screening for BRCA 1/2 mutations and associated cancer risks in underserved populations.
  • $10,000 to the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc.’s Between Friends/Entre Amigas Breast Cancer Awareness Program to establish breast cancer resource centers in collaboration with the Yuma County Library System, and to increase access to breast health screenings and treatment services for the uninsured.

Conference will have mental health as focus

A daylong conference in Tucson Friday will focus on faith communities and mental illness.

The conference, hosted by Interfaith Community Services, is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway. The conference will be led by noted national and local experts who will encourage discussion, exchange ideas, and share real-life stories from people who have journeyed through mental-health challenges.

Details of the conference, including speaker information, breakout session descriptions and the day’s schedule can be found at https://www.icstucson.org/

The cost is $40 for each single registrant and $30 each for groups of two or more people.

Camp to teach children healthy habits

The UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, will offer a series of weeklong summer camps for children during the months of June and July. The Healthy 2 B Me Wellness Camp is intended for kids ages 7 to 10 and grades two to five.

Activities are designed to teach healthy lifestyle skills, including nutrition, cooking, swimming and dance.

Campers will learn about wellness through many interactive activities, including nutrition, cooking, yoga, zumba, dance and swimming.

Faculty and students from the College of Public Health, the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Tucson community will teach sun safety, dental health, hygiene and community- and team-building experiences.

Healthy 2B Me is at the UA Recreation Center, 1400 E. Sixth Street.

The hours are 9 a.m.–3 p.m. during the weeks of June 9-13, June 23-27 and July 14-18. The cost of the camp is $345 per student, and includes a healthful lunch. Full scholarships are available for qualified applicants. For more information, including registration and the scholarship application, see http://crcphp.arizona.edu/ or contact Nicole Bergier at nbergier@email.arizona.edu or 626-5470.

Individuals interested in sponsoring a student for a week at camp may contact Donna Knight at dknight@

Stephanie Innes

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