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2017 Philanthropy

The first beneficiary of our 2017 philanthropy:

Support for Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic

Funding will allow women to have an appointment in the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic and help defray the costs of imaging not covered by other programs. This grant will provide more than 30 high risk women with a visit in the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic and an upgrade to a 3-D mammogram. This grant will also provide breast MRI imaging to uninsured/underinsured women who do not qualify for other programs.

Since opening the clinic in November 2015, the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic has been contacted by many patients who are under or uninsured. There is no funding available for women to attend a cancer prevention clinic. Additionally, current mammography funding does not pay for 3-D mammography, which is recommended for women with a high risk of breast cancer. 

The second beneficiary of our 2017 philanthropy:

Bilingual Health Educator for Patients at Today's Woman

Today's Woman is a practice which provides obstetric and gynecologic care to low income women. This population continuously needs reinforcement and education as it relates to their health and well-being.

The bilingual health educator will provide community education on women's health and healthy parenting. The goal is to reinforce and discuss in more detail what is communicated by the providers in the exam rooms. Using a small group discussion style format, the patients can learn in an informal, non-threatening format with peer interactions. Specific topics include:

  • Understanding changes in your body during pregnancy
  • Normal vs. abnormal symptoms in pregnancy
  • Healthy Relationships - domestic violence, mother/child, father/child relationships
  • Nutrition in pregnancy and beyond
  • Family planning choices
  • Healthy lifestyle/living (smoking, drugs, alcohol)
  • STD risks/reduction
  • Managing stress and when to get help
  • Challenges of teen pregnancy/parenting
  • Newborn care
  • Child development

The third beneficiary of our 2017 philanthropy:

Transportation Vouchers

Transportation is one of the biggest barriers to healthcare accessibility. Many families do not have adequate transportation to and from appointments. Medicaid will provide transportation for physician appointments, but will not provide for WIC, DSS, Crisis Control classes, or to pick up medications. Without reliable transportation, many people cannot keep appointments with agencies like DSS and WIC, and often fall behind in applications for assistance.

Funding would provide vouchers for Willard's Cab Company to provide transportation to these appointments. Based on mileage, Willard Cab's rates are averaging $20 for a one way service. At this rate, we could utilize $5,100 to provide approximately 128 round trips for these appointments.

2014 Philanthropy

We are please to announce the first 2010 beneficiary:

Forsyth Medical Center Domestic & Sexual Assault Program


Forsyth Medical Center launched the state's first sexual assault nurse examiner program in 1996. It remains the only one providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week specialized care and assessment. In a carefully designed, secluded area of the Emergency Department, highly trained nurses gently and sensitively examine victims and collect critical evidence required to convict assailants. Equally important is assisting these victims and those of domestic violence as they prepare to go home or to a safe environment.


Approximately 200 victims of sexual assault or domestic violence were treated at FMC in 2009. Clothing (theirs is kept as evidence), personal toiletries, a meal, a place to stay the night and transportation assistance are among the needs of these women, most of whom arrive during the night. The Women's Council voted to provide $7,500 to create a Fund for Abuse and Assault Victims to cover the costs of replacement clothing and emergency needs for these victims.


The second 2010 beneficiary:

Navigating Frail Senior Women from Hospital to Home


In May 2009, Forsyth Medical Center launched a new program to help address the high risks of post-discharge health complications and high rates of hospital readmissions among frail elderly patients. A patient navigator assesses the patient's condition, needs, support system and living situation and designs a custom plan of home-based services to ensure a successful recovery and transition from hospital to home. In 2009, 70 of the nearly100 frail seniors (65 and older) served were women. This program has reduced their need to return to the hospital by 53 percent.


Recognized statewide as a model initiative, this home-based support program addresses care gaps while these patients are on waiting lists for community services or while arrangements for family and friends' support are put in place. Transition services are available for up to four months and include transportation to medical and pharmacy visits, grocery shopping, light cooking and/or housework. The Women's Council voted to provide a grant of $10,000 to provide these services for at least 50 frail senior women. 



2009 Philanthropy

The 2009 philanthropy beneficiary:

Girls on the Run

In 2009, Women's Council members selected Girls on the Run as the philanthropy beneficiary.  Girls on the Run® focuses on improving self-esteem and health habits to prepare 8-to-11-year old girls for a lifetime of healthy living.  During the 12-week program, girls engage in beginning values clarification, explore ways to improve peer and family relationships, begin to think of themselves as a part of a larger community, and train for and participate in a 5K event. Girls on the Run targets this age because studies in effective education indicate that the pre-adolescent child is more likely to be open to changing existing attitudes and habits than is the adolescent or teenager.

The Sara Lee Center for Women's Health partners with local middle schools to offer Girls on the Run and makes a special effort to reach a culturally and socio-economically diverse group of girls. Funding from the Women's Council provides full and partial scholarships for 100 girls who would not otherwise be able to participate in this program.