Program Areas for Funding

ScreenWise & Genetics Program Barrier Reduction, Community Clinic Linkage, and Patient Navigation

The mission of ScreenWise (SW) is to reduce breast and cervical cancer burden and health inequities in Oregon through early detection, evidence-based care, risk factor screening, education, linkage to medical treatment, and surveillance.

This initiative aims to fund up to four agencies to provide barrier reduction social services and wraparound support, community engagement, patient navigation, education, and outreach to increase breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic services, and navigation into treatment if needed. This initiative recognizes the work already being done at the community/clinic level and seeks to increase capacity and sustainability. Agencies with services tailored to priority populations and that serve rural communities will be prioritized for this opportunity.

Who can apply?​

We welcome applications from organizations of all sizes and perspectives, especially those that are new and those that have not received funding from OHA before. 

To apply and to be eligible for award of a Grant Agreement, an Applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Any 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Oregon Secretary of State and located in Oregon that provides culturally responsive services to communities in Oregon that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  Individuals and organizations with 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors are eligible to apply. Organizations must hold commercial general liability insurance covering bodily injury and property damage of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and annual aggregate limit not less than $2,000,000 at the time of Grant award, if awarded. This should not be a barrier to applying. The cost of insurance may be added to the proposed budget and purchased with grant funds after being awarded.
  2. Any partnership or coalition of organizations working together, where the fiscal agent is a 501(c)(3) organization.
  3. All grantees must abide by OHA’s nondiscrimination policy, and state and federal civil rights laws, unless otherwise exempted by federal or state law. Specifically, people participating in OHA-sponsored activities or programs may not be treated unfairly because of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

Total funding available

There is a total of $100,000 to be granted in this program area, based on funding available to OHA. The anticipated number of awards is between three and four.

Funding priorities

Funding will prioritize applications from groups, organizations or clinics that focus on serving Black, Indigenous and people of color through culturally and linguistically responsive outreach and services, and communities disproportionately impacted by cancer morbidity and mortality. Funding will also prioritize applications from organizations that have existing relationships with community clinical partners.

Funding can be used in part to support Community Health Worker (CHW), Traditional Health Worker (THW), or patient navigation staff, provided it is focused on breast and cervical cancer. Barrier reduction funding is available with detailed plans for documentation of how funds are distributed. Program funding priorities include:

  • Patient navigation for breast and cervical cancer
  • Community clinical linkage to SW clinics and/or health systems
  • Community education and outreach
  • Increased screening of Black, Indigenous, people of color, people experiencing disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+, rural and underserved communities or those with intersections at any or all points of these identities or experiences

Eligible activities

Funding is available for the activities listed below. Please also propose other health education and communication activities based on community needs and priorities.

  • Identify potential candidates for breast and cervical cancer screening through Traditional or Community Health Workers (THWs and CHWs respectively) or patient navigators and provide culturally appropriate outreach and education to the identified candidates about risk factors, family history, genetic counseling, and preventive health behaviors.
  • Assist individuals with culturally and linguistically affirming navigation, education and access to screening services among health care systems and network of SW providers. Navigate clients to breast and/or cervical cancer screening services if they do not meet SW eligibility requirements. Assure that patients navigated receive timely and appropriate follow-up care and referrals and/or navigation into treatment if needed.
  • Provide, as needed, patient navigation and coordination of access to health care services if there are cancer diagnoses.
  • Promote and deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate and affirming public education health workshops or screening events that include breast and cervical cancer screening and hereditary cancer information. Initiatives and events should focus on addressing fears and barriers to cancer screening.
  • Use and promote culturally appropriate interventions to link individuals to community resources, medical homes, or health care systems and clinics for cancer screening, diagnostic, genetic counseling, and treatment resources.
  • Provide social service or direct barrier reduction via transportation, food, utility, housing, caregiving assistance for patients facing hurdles to breast or cervical cancer screening or diagnostic services. Funding can, and should, be used to pay for such as language services, childcare, eldercare, gas cards, food assistance, and other barriers that are discovered to inhibit patients initiating breast or cervical cancer screening or diagnostic services. Patient navigators or CHW and THWs can document patient needs and provide reimbursements and gift cards for patients to assure completion of screening, follow-up, and diagnosis.
  • Funding can, and should, be used to pay for such items as language services, child care, elder care, gas cards, food assistance, and other barriers that are discovered to inhibit patients initiating breast or cervical cancer screening or diagnostic services. Patient navigators or CHW and THWs can document patient needs and provide reimbursements and gift cards for patients to assure completion of screening, follow-up, and diagnosis.

If you do not see activities that would most benefit your community, please propose other priority activities that would meet your community’s needs.

To learn about what OHA is already funding in this program area, please visit the web page link here.