Novant Health, Wells Fargo and Susan G. Komen Charlotte partner to support breast health initiatives targeting underserved populations

Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness

Collaboration made possible by $200,000 in Wells Fargo grant funding

Charlotte, N.C. Jan. 5, 2016 – Novant Health and Susan G. Komen Charlotte have been awarded a joint $200,000 grant over two years from Wells Fargo to fund breast health initiatives targeting underinsured and uninsured women in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Novant Health, Wells Fargo and Komen Charlotte are partnering through this grant to improve health literacy and education around the roles of genetics and cancer risk, as well as providing services to underserved populations including patient navigation, genetic counseling, genetic testing and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

“This Wells Fargo grant is a generous gift to us and the women in our community,” said John Stillerman, vice president of Novant Health Cancer Care. “There is tremendous need to reach certain racial and ethnic populations in the Charlotte area who may face disparities in seeking breast health care, and this grant will allow us this opportunity.”

Throughout the next year, the grant will be used to create evidence-based educational material on genetics and breast cancer risks, as well as fund patient navigation and MRI screening for women who are medically underserved. The written material, to include brochures, leaflets and web-based educational information, will be translated into different languages and will be distributed at community events, primary care offices, houses of worship, breast imaging centers and on the Novant Health mobile mammography coach.

In addition to written educational material, a series of short videos will be produced focused on the role that gene mutations and heredity play in determining risk for breast cancer.

“We know that health literacy plays a major role in an individual’s ability to understand complex concepts such as breast cancer risk reduction,” said Tami Simmons, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Charlotte. “Through this collaboration, we hope to continue educate the public in an effort to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnosis by creating and disseminating in-depth information about breast cancer, breast cancer risk, screening options and knowing when to seek breast care.”

“Wells Fargo provided funding for this collaborative effort between Susan G. Komen Charlotte and Novant given their understanding of the potential preventative and proactive aspects that this new testing offers for people with breast cancer risk,” said Jay Everette, Community Affairs Manager, Wells Fargo Foundation. “We helped to craft a Foundation grant that addresses ‎critical education and access to screening for those with financial need. We are excited to see how this new information and testing access can reduce the risk of breast cancer in the Charlotte region.”

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health consists of more than 1,380 physicians and nearly 24,000 employees and provides care at 530 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics.

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4 million patients annually and in 2015 provided more than $706 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.
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About Susan G. Komen Charlotte
Susan G. Komen Charlotte is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen, one of the most widely-known breast cancer organizations in the world. Komen Charlotte raises funds through events such as the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®; Laugh for the Cure®; BCC Rally; Serve for the Cure; Kick’in It Challenge, The Carolinas, Build for the Cure, and a variety of community events hosted by corporate partners, small businesses, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations.

Each year, Komen Charlotte invests 75 percent of net revenue raised in local community health programs and 25 percent in breast cancer research. Since 1997, more than $15 million has been awarded in local community health grants and nearly $5.3 million to research.
In 2016, Komen Charlotte awarded more than $1.1 million to fund 17 community health programs that provide breast health education, mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment support services to uninsured and underinsured women and men in a 13-county services area.

OUR MISSION: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories (