Our Community Need

Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. In 2016, Komen announced a bold new goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

To accomplish this goal, Komen Sacramento Valley & Central Valley joined forces February 2017 to strengthen operations, expand our service area and increase our impact in our 29 county service area. To fulfill our mission, Komen Northern and Central California seeks to follow certain philosophies:

  • To be a grassroots organization
  • To be responsive to the needs of the communities we serve
  • To be non-duplicative
  • To be collaborative
  • To be accountable to our donors

Susan G. Komen® Northern and Central California Community Profile (also known as a community needs assessment) plays an integral part in applying these philosophies to the organization’s presence and work in our service area.

The goal of the Community Profile is to gather information for the purpose of identifying gaps in services that must be reduced to improve breast health among members of the community and to better understand the state of breast health and breast cancer care services within our service area. These assessments are designed to critically measure progress against breast cancer in the region while also assessing the performance and opportunities for Komen Northern and Central California in its regional programming.

The Community Profile provides direction for the work of Komen Northern and Central California as it establishes the need for fundraising, a target for community education programs, priorities for funding grants and a guide for decision-making and strategic planning.

A community profile is a snapshot, or a picture, of the community, specifically looking at breast health and breast cancer. The profile includes:

  • Demographics, such as population by age, race, ethnicity, education and income levels
  • Breast cancer statistics, such as screening, incidence and mortality rates
  • An assessment of current services for breast cancer screening and treatment in our service area
  • A survey of the community’s beliefs and attitudes about breast cancer through interviews with key informants

*Updated Community Profile coming soon.