The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure conducts a Community Profile, also called a community needs assessment, specifically looking at breast health and breast cancer in our seven county service area. The Profile includes demographics, breast health statistics, an assessment of breast health services and a survey of the community’s beliefs about breast health and access to care.
The Community Profile helps establish priorities that guide grant distributions and improve educational programs of the Komen Houston Affiliate. The Community Profile facilitates a better understanding of breast health services for the seven county service area by identifying and prioritizing the areas of most need.
The current funding priorities are:
- Programs to increase breast cancer education and reduce cultural barriers for underserved, minority and high risk populations to increase breast cancer screening rates.
- Programs to increase education about risk assessment, screening options and screening recommendations for providers and women at greater risk of developing breast cancer before age 40.*
*Women who are diagnosed at a younger age are more likely to have a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Having a mother, father, daughter or sister who has had breast cancer also increases a young woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
- Programs to increase patient navigation services from initial screening to treatment in order to increase screening rates, reduced time from abnormal results to treatment and increase the number of women who complete treatment.
- Programs to increase knowledge about breast health resources for underserved, minority and high risk populations by developing a patient navigators’ network for navigators employed in breast health services.
- Programs to increase access to care and quality breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services to underserved women, especially in rural areas.
- Programs to increase quality of and access to follow up medical care, support services, transportation services, end of life services and other services to decrease the burden of illness and increase quality of life for underserved breast cancer survivors.
- Programs to increase education related to breast cancer clinical trials for underserved and minority women.
For more on the funding priorities, review our Community Profile documents.