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YWCA Women's Cancer Program Looking To Improve Database To Help Secure Grants

Michelle Kreinbrook
IU Health Arnett

A new database will help the YWCA of Greater Lafayette’s Women’s Cancer Program secure funding for its efforts.

The program provides screenings for breast and cervical cancers at no charge for uninsured and under-insured women in 23 counties, including Tippecanoe. 

Coordinator Heidi Kauffman says they are currently unable to easily pull information needed to apply for many state and federal grants.

"Right now we use multiple spreadsheets, a database, and do a lot of counting by hand," Kauffman says. "Our grants are requiring more and more information from us, like the time frame from when a woman is diagnosed to when she starts treatment and things like that."

She says the improved local database will help state health officials with the reporting they are required to do to the Centers for Disease Control.

Kauffman says the YWCA has $5,000 of the $19,000 needed to develop the database.

That includes a $3,450 gift received today from the IU Health Arnett Cancer Center.