CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE

REWRITING THE STORY RIGHT HERE IN CALIFORNIA…

The seven Susan G. Komen® Affiliates in California have launched an intensive multi-year effort to activate the community and help improve breast cancer outcomes in African American women. This initiative seeks to serve diverse, underserved communities with high breast cancer mortality rates by providing community outreach and direct education, as well as enabling screening and navigation services.

Komen in California is working to address breast cancer disparities at the system, community and individual levels and will enable Komen to coordinate and deliver partnerships and resources that assist those African American women most in need.

WE’RE COMMITTED TO EQUAL ACCESS AND IMPROVED BREAST CANCER OUTCOMES.

When Susan G. Komen® was founded in 1982, the death rates from breast cancer were about the same for African American and Caucasian women. But since then, breast cancer deaths among the two groups has widened dramatically – and today, African American women are 41 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.

And in some California cities, the risk is even greater. In Los Angeles, an African American woman with breast cancer is about 70 percent more likely to die from the disease than a Caucasian woman.

Susan G. Komen is committed to ending breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity for all. We believe that where you live should not determine whether you live. Click here to learn more about how Komen’ is working in your community to end breast cancer disparities.

WE CAN AND SHOULD WORK TO DO MORE.

The Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative will begin to identify evidence-based strategies to reverse this trend. The effort, led by committed teams in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Valley, Central Valley, Los Angeles County, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego County will address breast cancer disparities among African American women who are rarely or never screened, low-income, uninsured or recipients of Medi-Cal.

We will work with and learn from African American community leaders to build partnerships and relationships in order to address barriers to access. The Initiative – the first of its kind in California – will enable Komen to coordinate and deliver the following program elements:

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FIND A KOMEN AFFILIATE IN YOUR AREA

To find out what Komen is doing in your community and how you can access local news and information or find out how to support this effort, become involved by visiting the seven California Affiliates:

Komen Central Valley

Komen Inland Empire

Komen LA County

Komen Orange County

Komen Sacramento

Komen San Diego

Komen San Francisco