Episcopal Health Foundation Renews Support, Provides Emergency Gift to The Rose to Expand Outreach and Support Navigator Program
Houston, TX [July 22, 2020] – A recent grant of $400,000 from Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) as well as a COVID-19 emergency grant of $50,000, will allow The Rose to serve 1,000 uninsured women in the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Women served by this funding will receive a full scope of breast health services, from mammography to biopsies and those who are diagnosed will be navigated into treatment. Since 2015, EHF has been a primary supporter of The Rose and responsible for assisting in developing innovative and life changing programs, such as patient navigation. Their funding has also enabled The Rose Mobile Mammography program to expand breast healthcare and outreach in Southeast Texas.
Community clinics like The Rose, “…provide desperately needed health-related services to low-income Texas families who are often at-risk of chronic health issues,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s President and CEO. “COVID-19 has highlighted why these services are so important for communities in need. And at the same time, many of these organizations are battling severe financial issues plus increased demand for their services. That’s why this funding is aimed at helping them continue their critical work during the ongoing financial and public health crisis.”
In a second round of funding related to COVID-19, Episcopal Health Foundation awarded $1.3 million in grants to 32 nonprofit clinics and other organizations that are serving at-risk communities in Texas on the front lines of the pandemic. Along with the first round of funding announced in May, EHF’s grant investment for COVID-19 now totals $5 million.
EHF’s COVID-19 grants support community clinics serving low-income Texans, which operate on the front lines and are sustaining significant financial losses due to decreased reimbursement and increased expenses associated with response to the pandemic. Grants will fund personnel-related costs, equipment, and new and emergency needs in order to continue patient care.
“Where would almost 10,000 uninsured women have to go for their annual mammogram or other breast health needs if The Rose isn’t operating?” asks Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and CO-Founder of The Rose. “Many women would wait, meaning that cancer will continue to grow because between the pandemic and unemployment, the last thing on her mind is her health.”
“Our 3D Mobile Mammography Coaches travel farther than any other program in the state, traveling to counties that do not have mammography services, especially 3D technology. The only reason we are able to provide such care is because of amazing support. We continue to be grateful for the funding for services that comes from the Episcopal Health Foundation to save the lives of women across Texas,” Gibbons adds.
To be eligible for sponsored services, individuals must reside in one of the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, be uninsured and meet other financial criteria. To learn more about eligibility, call The Rose’s mobile team at 281.464.5136.
About The Rose
As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is one of only 14 Breast Centers in the greater Houston area to receive this designation. Led by Fellowship trained physicians, The Rose’s advanced digital technology includes 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic work-ups including biopsies and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. Since 1986, The Rose has led strong advocacy efforts for quality breast healthcare, and been on the forefront of innovation in breast healthcare. As a major specialty care provider within the Healthcare Safety Net system, The Rose is considered to be a leading nonprofit in breast healthcare. Annually, The Rose serves 40,000 insured and uninsured women and men. With two Houston-based comprehensive Breast Diagnostic Centers and a Mobile Mammography Health Program, The Rose provides services to women throughout 41 counties in Southeast Texas.
About the Episcopal Health Foundation
By providing millions of dollars in grants, working with congregations and community partners, and providing important research, the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) supports solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health in Texas. EHF is based in Houston, has $1 billion in estimated assets, and operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. #HealthNotJustHealthcare