United Way of Brazoria County Awards Breast Healthcare Funds

September 5, 2023

United Way of Brazoria County Awards Breast Healthcare Funds

Brazoria County, TX – The United Way of Brazoria County (UWBC) renewed its commitment to The Rose and awarded a $51,200 grant for 2023, which will provide life-saving breast health services to residents in Brazoria County via the Strengthening the Brazoria County Safety Net (SBCSN) Program. The grant funds The Rose’s Empower Her® Sponsorship Program to ensure women without insurance can access critical breast screening and diagnostic breast health care.

Patients enrolled in the Empower Her® Sponsorship Program receive mammography screening and diagnostic services, ancillary, and support services with no out-of-pocket costs. Patients with normal screening results are enrolled in an automated system that reminds them of their next mammogram, while patients with abnormal screening are guided to needed diagnostic procedures. Program participants are navigated by staff until the resolution of their clinical process at The Rose.

To participate in the Empower Her® Sponsorship Program, patients must be uninsured and have incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($60,000 for a family of four). To enroll in the Program, patients must apply and provide verifiable income documentation.

The Rose will leverage its Mobile Mammography Program, Community Engagement, and Patient Navigation teams to provide comprehensive, community-based services to the residents of Brazoria County.

Last fiscal year, The Rose hosted 46 successful mobile mammography events in Brazoria County, where they served 681 patients, 188 of whom were uninsured.

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose, points out that one of the keys to saving a woman’s life is an early breast cancer diagnosis. Statistically, early diagnosis makes all the difference for women, so ensuring that insured and uninsured patients get their routine annual screenings in medically underserved counties like Brazoria is critical to fighting breast cancer.

“Lack of insurance is the first barrier women face when getting mammograms. If a follow-up to an abnormal mammogram is needed, this grant allows us to provide that diagnostic procedure. These services are vital when far too many adults are uninsured,” she adds. “We are grateful for the continued support the United Way of Brazoria County provides to prioritize breast health care in this region.”

To be eligible for services, individuals must be residents of Brazoria County and meet other requirements.

To schedule a media interview with any member of our board, please contact Lis Harper at 281-846-5976 or email lis@medley-inc.com. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, please visit www.therose.org.

About The Rose
Since 1986, The Rose has provided high quality breast healthcare to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Its mission is to save lives through quality breast health services, advocacy and access to care for all. As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is led by Fellowship trained physicians and offers advanced digital technology including 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic workups, biopsies and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. As a major part of Southeast Texas’ Healthcare Safety Net, The Rose is a strong advocate for quality breast healthcare and access to care. The Rose provides direct medical services to 40,000 insured and uninsured patients annually. Two Houston-based comprehensive Diagnostic Centers and Mobile Mammography Coaches provide services to women throughout 43 counties in Southeast Texas.