In The Community
In more than 2,200 communities across the U.S., more than 75,000 Komen volunteers and staff work to help fund breast cancer screening, diagnosis, patient navigation, treatment and education programs for those who need it most. Working in concert with our Affiliates, who carry out Komen’s mission in their communities, and other local organizations, we awarded more than $37.4 million in needs-based community grants in FY17. That’s in addition to the many millions we invest each year in promising research.
Our Community Health approach is designed to help us achieve our bold goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the United States by 2026. In order to identify communities at greatest risk of poor breast cancer outcomes, every five years Susan G. Komen and its Affiliates conduct a community needs assessment, called a Community Profile. The Community Profiles assess the breast cancer burden within communities by identifying areas at highest risk of negative breast cancer outcomes in comparison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 breast cancer targets. In addition, populations most at-risk of dying from breast cancer can be identified; as well as, the inequities that exist in availability, access and utilization of quality health care. These assessments guide our national and local grant making, public policy, community outreach and collaboration efforts to address the greatest needs in each community.