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Family Wellness Center Gets $82,256 Grant from Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Posted: May 12, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Family Wellness Center has received a $82,256 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 $763,942.

"Our Women's Wellness Program fills an important gap in services for women in our community who otherwise would not have access to breast cancer screening services," said Dr. Lisa Doggett, center director.

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.