Grants to provide Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams to Underserved Women

New York, NY – CAI, in partnership with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, has awarded grants totaling more than $2.5 million to 56 nonprofit agencies in 33 states and the District of Columbia. These grants will provide breast health screening to medically underserved women. The grants are part of the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (Avon BHOP) administered by CAI, with a mission to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services, particularly low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations who often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

"This program saves women's lives by providing critically needed mammography screening and breast health education to women," said CAI's President and Founder, Barbara Cicatelli. "Since 2000, through CAI, Avon BHOP has awarded nearly $74 million through 1,700 competitive grants to community-based agencies throughout the U.S."

CAI administers a rigorous application and independent review process to select grant recipients, who in turn have made a major impact on the lives of underserved women who are in need of breast cancer screening services. Breast screening rates are significantly lower among women with lower incomes, less education and those with no health insurance.1

Through 2014, Avon BHOP grantees facilitated more than 2.3 million mammograms and breast examinations and educated more than 15 million people on breast cancer awareness.

Among the recipients for 2016 are six new grantees including:

  • Breast Care for Washington, Washington, DC
  • Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs Inc., Brooker, FL
  • Foundation for Annie Jeffrey, Osceola, NE
  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., Flushing, NY
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program, Beaumont, TX

Avon BHOP is funded by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. To learn more about CAI's Avon BHOP project, visit here.

2016 Grants Awarded include:

Grantee Organization, City, State

2016 AVON BHOP Grant

Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK


Family Services Center of Coffee County, Inc., Enterprise, AL


Encore for Women’s Health, Little Rock, AR


Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ


Samaritan House, San Mateo, CA


Vista Community Clinic, Vista, CA


YWCA of North Orange County, Fullerton, CA


La Clinica Tepeyac Inc., Denver, CO


Witness Project of Connecticut Inc., Bridgeport, CT


Breast Care for Washington, Washington, DC


Christiana Care Health Services Inc., Newark, DE


Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc., Brooker, FL


Morton Plant Mease Health Care Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL


Center for Pan Asian Community Services Inc., Atlanta, GA


Xilin Association, Naperville, IL


Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Inc., Sauget, IL


YWCA of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN


United Methodist Western Kansas, Garden City, KS


Martin Luther King Health Center, Shreveport, LA


YWCA Of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA


YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford, MA


YWCA Of Malden, Malden, MA


YMCA Bangor/Caring Connections, Bangor, ME


Catherine’s Health Center, Grand Rapids, MI


Cherry Street Services Inc., Grand Rapids, MI


Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services Access, Dearborn, MI


Breakfast Club Inc., Florissant, MO


YWCA St. Joseph’s, Saint Joseph, MO


Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, Ruleville, MS


Partnership Health Center Inc., Missoula, MT


Rural Health Group Inc., Roanoke Rapids, NC


Foundation for Annie Jeffrey, Osceola, NE


Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc., Phillipsburg, NJ


Cooper Health Systems, Camden, NJ


Saint Michael’s Medical Center Inc., Newark, NJ


Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., Flushing, NY


Project Renewal Inc., New York, NY


Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Inc., New York, NY


Chenango Health Network Inc., Norwich, NY


YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County, Binghamton, NY


YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


YWCA of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH


Latino Community Development Agency Inc., Oklahoma City, OK


YWCA of Northern Rhode Island, Woonsocket, RI


Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC


Cancer & Chronic Disease Consortium, El Paso, TX


YWCA of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX


Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Beaumont, TX


Asian American Health Coalition of the Greater Houston Area, Houston, TX


YWCA of Lubbock Texas Inc., Lubbock, TX


Alliance Community Services, Salt Lake City, UT


Vietnamese Resettlement Association Inc., Falls Church, VA


Arlington Free Clinic Inc., Arlington, VA


Nueva Vida Inc., Alexandria, VA


Center for Multicultural Health, Seattle, WA


West Virginia Health Right Inc., Charleston, WV


About CAI: CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For 36 years CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in more than 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering more than 1,500 training programs annually, CAI’s passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information, visit our website:

About Avon Foundation for Women: The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2014, Avon global philanthropy has donated nearly $1 billion in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. 

1 American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures, 2015-2016,