The Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley was accepted as an Affiliate of the National Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1993. It was started with three volunteers and has grown to have five paid staff members, a Board of Directors consisting of six to eight volunteer members, a 20-member Race Committee, more than 300 Affiliate volunteers, and more than 600 race volunteers who work on the Affiliate’s annual Komen Race for the Cure, always held the Saturday morning of Mother’s Day Weekend. In the past 18 years, the Affiliate has put more than $18 million dollars back into the community, supporting breast health programs throughout the Affiliate’s 19-county service area.
The purpose of the Community Profile Report is to identify communities within the Sacramento Valley Affiliate’s region to target with infrastructure development and effective interventions that will be expressed as priorities in the Affiliate’s Community Grants program. Efforts were made to target the counties at greatest risk for poor breast cancer outcomes, specifically late-stage breast cancer incidence and breast cancer mortality. To address the concerns of women representing diverse racial and cultural backgrounds throughout the Sacramento Valley region, medically underserved women have been included as an additional priority.
Brief Summary of Priorities
The Community Profile helps guide our work and establishes goals for granting priorities, education needs, public policy efforts, and strategic operations. This community profile identifies service gaps, barriers, and community needs and ensures that our local investments will be effective and impactful.
1. Support programs that provide access to breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for the uninsured and underinsured.
a.Emphasis on serving the underserved in Amador, Solano and Yuba counties
b.Emphasis on serving rarely screened African American women in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Solano counties
c.Emphasis on women under age 40, as well as women over age 40 who do not qualify for Every Woman Counts.
2. Support breast health navigator programs.
a. Emphasis on serving African American women in Solano County and medically underserved women in rural counties, especially Amador County and Yuba County
b. Emphasis on medically underserved women in Solano County, especially within the 94590 and surrounding zip codes
c. Emphasis on women age 65 and older in Solano County
3. Support programs that provide transportation assistance and telemedicine options to access breast health services.
a. Emphasis on women in Amador County, especially those 65 and over, who need assistance accessing services
b. Emphasis on women in Yuba county who need assistance accessing services
4. Support breast health community outreach and education to underserved communities.
a. Emphasis on culturally adaptive programs led by women representing different racial/ethnic backgrounds that address barriers to treatment (i.e. Asian American Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latina and African American Communities)
b. Emphasis on programs that offer community education that explores different approaches to informing Hmong and/or South Asian women (i.e. Punjabi) over age 65 about breast cancer, the importance of screening, and approaches for improving treatment compliance among women with low health literacy.
c. Emphasis on programs that provide educational resources regarding triple negative breast cancers targeted toward Hispanic/Latina and Black/African American women.
Applications will be accepted for all breast health and breast cancer projects. However, projects that specifically address these four funding priorities with innovative and evidence-based strategies will be given priority.
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.