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Funding Priorities

Due to the growing breast cancer disparity among women in the Chicagoland Area, Komen Chicago will give funding priority to programs and projects that support breast health navigation, breast screening and diagnostic services, breast cancer treatment and treatment support programs.

The following needs have been identified:

  • Projects must ensure seamless access and transition through the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for underserved populations experiencing disparities in breast cancer incidence and mortality.
  • Projects must produce education/outreach activities that result in clinical outcomes as shown in the Continuum of Care (i.e. Navigator programs).
  • As identified in the 2011 Community Profile Report, special consideration will be given to Cook and DuPage Counties, as they have been found to be statistically underserved.
  • As identified in the 2011 Community Profile Report, special consideration populations will be given to African American and Hispanic populations, as they have been found to be statistically underserved.

Komen Chicago Grants Cycle

The Breast Cancer Continuum of Care ensures that all individuals have access to outreach programs that provide breast health facts, as well as navigation services for screenings, effective treatment and treatment support.  Komen Chicago supports this endeavor by funding an array of breast health and breast cancer services for the medically underserved in the Chicagoland Area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry County.

Community Profile

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.

2011 Community Profile
2011 Community Profile Snapshot

2011 Community Profile Resulting Priorities

  • Continue coalition with Komen statewide Illinois affiliates to advance public policy agenda.
  • Target African American Women in Cook County to reduce the breast health mortality disparity through strengthening and building capacity of existing breast health providers and grantees. 
  • Target Hispanic and African American Women in DuPage County through strengthening and building capacity of existing breast health providers and grantees.
  • Expand education and outreach messaging from breast self awareness to incorporate legal rights, patient rights and access to available services
  • Strengthen the continuum of breast health and breast cancer care services in our 5-county service area to allow individuals to have total access to programs and services.

Demographics

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 Susan G. Komen 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.