Monday, Aug. 20 (DES MOINES, IA) – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) is pleased to announce the expansion of our breast health services, education and outreach programs for patients across all four states in the Heartland region. This expansion is part of a nationwide initiative by Planned Parenthood following the outpouring of donations made after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced a decision to stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood, a decision it quickly reversed.
“We’ve seen an overwhelming level of support both nationally and locally,” said Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Jill June. “Thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, we can expand our services and help more women get the breast health services they need at a price they can afford.”
Last year, PP Heartland provided breast cancer screenings for more than 19,000 women. Now, with nearly $60,000 in grants and donations, we expect to help thousands more, with low- or no-cost cancer screenings, diagnostic services and educational resources to help women identify potential breast health issues early.
“Every day we see women who are struggling to afford basic preventive services,” said June. “These funds will allow us to provide low-cost exams, as well as funding subsidies for follow-up services like mammograms, biopsies or ultrasounds, as needed.”
“Fear and cost are the two most significant barriers a woman faces when it comes to follow-up care for a breast abnormality. We are committed to removing the barriers that stand in the way of a woman getting the care she needs.”
The new breast health program will be implemented in mid-September for patients in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.