Mount Sinai Hospital Receives Grant From Susan G. Komen Chicagoland To Fund Helping Her Live, A Program To Help Women In Need Receive Mammograms

Release date

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Chicago, May 2014 – The Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded a $75,000 grant to Mount Sinai Hospital for continued funding of two breast cancer screening navigators to continue their valuable work.

At Mount Sinai Hospital, the grant from Komen will support Helping Her Live (HHL), an initiative to help women on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago receive mammograms. The program will involve engaging and serving women where they are – in the community. In order to accomplish this goal, HHL conducts workshops, creates a presence at events like job and health fairs, and conducts table set-ups and one-on-one canvassing at local churches, schools, and food pantries. Since 2010, Helping Her Live has helped over 2,000 women receive free or low-cost mammograms.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Chicagoland Area Affiliate is one of 123 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“At the Komen Chicagoland Area Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered the need to address breast health disparities in underserved communities,” said Director of Community Programs and Partnerships, Leticia Kees. “We are confident that through Helping Her Live, women on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago will continue to have the help of Navigators in order to receive their annual mammograms.

Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is located within Mount Sinai Hospital. Mount Sinai Hospital has a long legacy of caring for people from diverse and underserved populations. Ninety years ago, the residents of the surrounding community were largely Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Today, given its location on one of the poorest corners in the city, the hospital serves resource-deprived communities. Currently,half of Mount Sinai Hospital’s patients are African American and half are Hispanic; about 65% are insured by Medicaid (which pays roughly half of the true cost of care) and 15% are self-pay (i.e., no pay). The mission of Sinai Health System, the parent organization to which Mount Sinai Hospital and Sinai Urban Health Institute belong, is to improve the health of the individuals and the communities we serve. Sinai Health System strives to serve as a national model for the delivery of urban health care. Together, Mount Sinai Hospital and SUHI have led citywide efforts to address health disparities that affect some of Chicago’s underserved communities.

About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs.

About Susan G. Komen® and the Komen Chicagoland Area Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever, and in 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen®. The Chicagoland Area Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Chicago Race for the Cure, the Chicagoland Area Affiliate has invested over $9M in community breast cancer programs in five counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the Chicagoland Area. The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research. For more information, call 773-444-0061 or visit