Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)

Funding Agency:
Avon Foundation

The mission of the Avon BHOP is to navigate medically underserved women and men to breast health education, screening and treatment services. Medically underserved populations – including low income, un - or under-insured, and other marginalized populations – need targeted, customized approaches to enable them to obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Successful programs have: culturally - competent educational strategies and dedicated outreach, education and navigation staff , with specialized language and communications skills , who can reach women where they live, work and worship, and who offer personalized assistance to those who have difficulty accessing healthcare . The Avon Foundation for Women has funded community - based programs designed to improve utilization of regular breast cancer screening by at - risk populations ( for example, minority and under - insured) since 1993. Despite improvements in the availability of free and low-cost screening services supported through programs such as the Affordable Care Act and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (N BCCEDP) 1 , disparities in utilization of mammography persist. Socioeconomically disadvantaged women and recent immigrants have lower rates of mammography screening, and may be less likely to receive proper treatment of follow-up care. 2 Therefore, the Avon BHOP will seek to support programs that:

  • recruit women for both first time screening and annual screening; · develop partnerships between community - based outreach and patient navigation providers and local medical providers;
  • work with healthcare providers to ensure timely and appropriate clinical follow - up of abnormal screening results;
  • educate young people about individual breast cancer risk, and when necessary and appropriate, help link them to services; and
  • educate older people about Medicare coverage of annual screening mammograms and assist them in obtaining the service from providers who accept Medicare.
Per RFA: Only one application for funding will be reviewed per organization.
  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 10, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: August 25, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations may receive only one Access to Care Program grant from the Avon Foundation for Women at one time. Therefore, organizations are not eligible for Avon BHOP funding if they are currently a beneficiary of the Avon Foundation through its Safety Net Program. For further information, contact Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D. at the Avon Foundation (marc.hurlbert@avonfoundation.org).
To be eligible for Avon BHOP funding, applicants must be based in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands and be private, non-government, non-profit organizations (with Federal non-profit status). Proof of non-profit status is required. Both community-based organizations and medical service provider organizations (community clinics, hospitals, etc.) with mammography screening capacity are welcome to apply.
Any publicly-funded government agency wishing to apply may do so only by partnering with a private, non-profit organization or educational institution that will assume fiscal responsibility for and collaborate fully with the proposed program.
Native American Tribes are encouraged to apply to the Avon BHOP and may do so through or in partnership with Native American non-profit organizations that will assume fiscal responsibility for and commit to the reporting and screening requirements of Avon BHOP grants.
All organizations applying for funds must have been in existence for at least three years and have two annual 990 statements and two audited financial statements available.



Amount Description

The majority of the grants will range from $30,000 to $60,000 per year, with most grants averaging $45,000 per year.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project narrative draft - see http://avonbhop.org/images/RFA/2017_Program_Narrativefinal%203%20003.pdf

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf




Internal Deadline

July 10, 2017

External Deadline

August 25, 2017