Where You Live Should Not
Determine Whether You Live

Achieving Health Equity for African-American Women

African-American Health Equity Initiative:
From Education to Impact

CLOSING THE BREAST CANCER GAP

African-American Women in the U.S.

Die from breast cancer nearly 40% more than Caucasian women

Are often diagnosed at later stages when treatments are limited, costly and the prognosis is poor

Are often diagnosed younger and with more aggressive breast cancers

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Systems

Economic Stability

Employment, Income,
Expenses, Debt, Bills

Health Care System

Health Coverage, Provider Availability, Provider Linguistic, Cultural Competency & Quality of Care

COMMUNITY

Neighborhood, Food & Physical Environment

Housing, Transportation, Safety, Parks, Playgrounds, Hunger, Access to Healthy Options

Community & Social Context

Social Integration, Support Systems, Community Engagement, Discrimination

Individual

Education

Literacy, Language, Early Childhood Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education

Biology

Genetics, Genomics &
Family History

KOMEN IS PARTNERING TO REDUCE DISPARITIES TO ACHIEVE BREAST HEALTH EQUITY.

Our Goal Is to Reduce African-American Breast Cancer Disparities by 25% in 5 Years Starting in 10 Targeted Communities

Click on theicons below to find more information on the U.S metropolitan areas with the greatest disparities in breast cancer mortality rate between African-American and white women.

RESOURCES

For People:

Warning Signs and Symptoms
Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

Financial Assistance & Insurance
The resources, support, and guidance you need.

Get Quality Care
Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

Clinical Trials
Clinical trials offer the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Guides on a variety of breast cancer topics to help you have a meaningful conversation with your doctor.

Screening and Early Detection
Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.

Genetic Counseling and Testing
Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

Share Your Story
Sharing your personal story can provide solace to yourself and offer hope for others.

For Communities:

Forbes: Big Bet Philanthropy

LOVELL’S FOOD FOR THOUGHTDo We Really Want To Successfully Address Health Inequities?

Dr. Joseph Telfair on health equity at APHA 2017

A Perfect StormHow Tumor Biology, Genomics, and Health Care Delivery Patterns Collide to Create a Racial Survival Disparity in Breast Cancer and Proposed Interventions for Change

Collective Impact ForumSteps to Advancing Equity Through Collective Impact
The 4th Box Sparks Imagination: Equality vs. Equity

Beyond Health CareThe Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America

Oprah Magazine Breast Cancer Special Report

If you would like to receive African-American Health Equity Initiative communications, please email your name and contact information to healthequity@komen.org.

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