A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race supports the national Komen for the Cure Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world.
Up to 75 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment projects.
Brief Summary of Priorities
In order to ensure they are funding programs that address the specific unmet breast health needs of their communities, Komen Affiliates work with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments. These community profiles are then used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with Komen’s standards and mission.
Given the incidence rates for breast cancer ranks higher within areas of the Coastal Georgia Affiliate than the state of Georgia, priorities need to focus on the complete continuum of breast health beginning with dynamic and robust educational programs that draw women into screening services. Care needs to follow along the continuum with attention to timely and multi-disciplinary care for those women diagnosed with breast cancer. All women receiving treatment for breast cancer need to understand their treatment plans, the summary of the treatments they received and the ongoing follow up care they will need. Nationally, navigation services along the disease continuum are promoted as useful services for those touched by a diagnosis of cancer. Navigation services can include community health advisors, lay health promoters, interpreters, clinical specialists or nurse navigators and social workers.
It is important to rank the areas not only according to percentages of advanced disease and the percentage falling under the federal poverty threshold, but also according to population clusters. Additionally, urban solutions will not necessarily work for rural areas. Chatham County with the largest population base and the highest breast cancer incidence rate ranks at the top especially with the City of Savannah recording increased poverty levels within several census tracts. Glynn County ranks second and classified as the second urban area within the service region with 15% of the population living below the federal poverty threshold.
The remaining counties, particularly, McIntosh at 19.9% living in poverty, will need programs that address the rural nature of their communities. Though the number of women diagnosed in the rural areas with breast cancer may seem insignificant when compared with the numbers from 6 of the Savannah and Brunswick cities, however, the financial and socioeconomic burden to the individual as well as the community for the uninsured can be tremendous. Medical fees for treatment regimens for patients diagnosed with regional and advanced disease can escalate rapidly beyond forty to fifty thousand dollars and upwards to over one hundred thousand dollars.
Finding breast cancer at the earliest stage of disease saves lives and reduces the burden of the medical cost for the uninsured. Priorities for the rural areas need to focus on programs that are designed to reach throughout a county. Successful reduction of advanced disease in rural areas may be realized sooner particularly because of the smaller populations.
The Community Profile is a needs assessment document that provides an overview of Komen’s grant-making priorities and the breast health needs in our service area. Please familiarize yourself with this document before developing your applications.
Click to read and download our 2015 Community Profile.