Connectus Health Awarded $100,000 Grant to Combat Breast Cancer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Connectus Health, a local federally qualified health center, was recently selected as a recipient of a two-year $100,000 Breast Health Equity CHANGE grant funded by the American Cancer Society and the Tennessee Titans, in conjunction with the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign.

The grant aims to reduce cancer-related disparities in underserved populations, particularly African American communities, within Nashville through an increase in access to life-saving breast cancer screenings, follow-up of abnormal mammograms and timely access to any specialty care. Connectus is able to perform clinical breast exams and screenings at its two Nashville clinics, and this grant enables them to refer patients to other facilities for additional breast health-related services at no cost.

Suzanne Hurley, co-CEO of Connectus Health and Connectus Health Midwifery, says that the grant allows the clinic to offer crucial services to patients outside of its usual scope.

“At Connectus Health, our mission has always been to provide vital healthcare services to every member of our community, regardless of the ability to pay,” Hurley said. “This grant aligns perfectly with that mission, and we are ready to hit the ground running and combat breast cancer in Nashville. We are so grateful to the Tennessee Titans and the American Cancer Society for entrusting us with this responsibility.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today, Friday, Oct. 19, is National Mammography Day, which encourages women to be proactive and schedule a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer serves as the best defense against this ruthless disease, though financial concerns often prohibit patients from seeking care as often as they should.

“Despite advances in access to care and cancer prevention, screening and treatment, significant gaps remain in our Nashville community,” Jenny Stripling, executive director for the American Cancer Society in Tennessee, said. “The ACS is proud to partner with the NFL, which helps to fund CHANGE grants to health systems like Connectus. Together we can address differences in breast cancer mortality that exist among women of color.”

Connectus Health has locations at Vine Hill (601 Benton Avenue in Nashville) and Priest Lake (2637 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch). Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Vine Hill; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Priest Lake; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at both locations. The Vine Hill Clinic is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (615) 292-9770, and walk-ins are welcomed.

Connectus Health is a 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality, affordable, holistic healthcare for the entire community, including the vulnerable and the under- and uninsured.. Working from clinics in Vine Hill and Priest Lake/Antioch, Connectus offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease care, annual physicals and vaccinations, women’s healthcare, midwifery services, behavioral health support, care transition coordination, and transgender healthcare. Both clinics also offer free translation services in a multitude of languages and culturally sensitive care. For more information, visit www.connectus.org.


Maggie Forester