The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Family Wellness Center has received a $108,509 grant from the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
The funds will be used to support the center’s Women’s Wellness Program, which provides free breast cancer screening services and follow-up for low-income women in Austin and Travis County. Past gifts from the organization to the Women's Wellness Program total more than $1 million.
“Many women in the Austin area are unable to access breast cancer screenings and follow-up care,” said Dr. Lisa Doggett, FWC center director. “Because of this generous grant, we will be able to continue to provide such services, many of them for free, and save lives.”
The Family Wellness Center, which provides medical care to low-income and uninsured residents, and its Women’s Wellness Program are service projects of the School of Nursing. Through a recent partnership with CommUnityCare, the Family Wellness Center became a Federally Qualified Health Center. In addition, the center is a training site for nurse practitioner students, helping them to master skills in management of chronic disease, acute conditions and preventative medicine.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization. The Komen Austin Affiliate is one of 125 affiliates that fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.