Due to the growing breast cancer disparity, the Affiliate has established that programs/projects that address breast health disparities identified in the Community Profile among underserved groups will be given priority in each funding cycle. In order to address breast health disparities, the Affiliate will support only breast health navigation, breast screening and diagnostic services, breast cancer treatment, and breast cancer treatment support programs.
The following needs have been identified:
Komen Chicagoland seeks to ensure that all people, regardless of race, income, geographic location, sexual orientation, or insurance status, have access to a full Breast Cancer Continuum of Care. The Breast Cancer Continuum of Care ensures that all individuals have access to outreach programs teaching the facts of breast health and navigating them to screening, and if diagnosed, to quality to receive effective treatment and treatment support services. Komen Chicago supports this by funding an array of breast health and breast cancer services that together create a seamless Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for the medically underserved in our 5-County service area:
The Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen conducts a Community Profile, also called a community needs assessment, specifically looking at breast health and breast cancer in our five county service area. The Community Profile is done every two years and includes demographics, breast health statistics, an assessment of breast health services, and a survey of community 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 Chicagoland Affiliate. The Community Profile facilitates a better understanding of breast health services for the five county service area by identifying and prioritizing the areas of most need.
The service area of the Affiliate includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties in Illinois.
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 stays in the local community of fund breast health education, screening and treatment projects. Up to 75 percent of Komen Chicago’s net income funds breast health and breast cancer navigation, screening and diagnostics, treatment, and treatment support projects in the 5 county service area.