Circle of Promise

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Susan G. Komen LA County is proud to be a part of a statewide Initiative to address the breast healthcare disparities among African American women.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in this community. While incidence rates are lower, African American women suffer significantly higher mortality rates; 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts. For women without health coverage, the burden is even higher – uninsured women have a 30 to 50 percent increased risk of dying from breast cancer than those with insurance. This alarming trend is the result of compounding social, cultural, financial and geographic barriers, and is simply unacceptable in light of the overall improvement in mortality rates since the 1990s.

What is the Circle of Promise?

Komen LA County, together with six other Affiliates in California is working to address breast cancer disparities at both the system and individual levels. Out state-wide Initiative will enable Komen to coordinate and deliver partnerships and resources that assist African American women most in need.

The initiative will provide:

  • Community Organization: Building partnerships and leveraging strategic relationships to address barriers by pooling resources, sharing best practices, reducing redundancies in services, and uniting partners around the project’s goals and objectives.
  • Direct Education:  Komen-supported community educators will provide direct outreach and aid women in scheduling a mammogram appointment. These educators will also provide continuous follow-up to support women through the process and increase the rate of completed mammograms.
  • Screening and Navigation Services: Komen’s community organizing practices will help to identify available services, ensure that services meet the standard 60 day quality care benchmarks and provide supplementary grants to fill any gaps in screening. Additionally, each Affiliate will utilize a grant-funded patient navigator to coordinate follow-up.

State Wide Accomplishments from Phase one of the Circle of Promise African American Breast Health Initiative

At the launch of Circle of Promise in the spring of 2014, the statewide affiliates of Susan G. Komen committed to:

  • Provide a mammogram to at least 2,000 women and permanently improve access to community health networks.
  • Provide high quality breast cancer education and medical services to a community of women where one does not currently exist.
  • Provide a permanent safety-net infrastructure through community collaboration.
  • Enhance community partnerships, with far-reaching and enduring results.
  • Navigate individual women into a medical home so that they will gain access to knowledge and resources that will serve them throughout their lifetime.
  • Improve systems of care and mobilize all women to make breast health a priority.

During the twenty-four month initiative, The Los Angeles County Affiliate of the Circle of Promise accomplished the items below:

  • Number of individuals reached and informed about mammography events in the community through media marketing: 102,740
  • Number of women directly educated about breast cancer risk, treatment and prevention: 101,617 (90% African American women)
  • Number of breast cancer screening events held in the community targeting African American women: over 200
  • Number of African American Woman successfully scheduled for a mammogram: 1,188
  • Number of African American Woman who received a breast cancer screening: 668
  • Number of educational events held in the community targeting African American Women: Over 300
  • Number of African American woman who returned the following year for their second mammogram: 25

The results of the inaugural twenty-four months of Circle of Promise state-wide are as follows:

  • 2,559 African American women have completed a mammogram screening; exceeding the original screening goal by 128 percent.
  • 69 African American women have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have been navigated through diagnosis and treatment.
  • 52,744 African American women have received local breast health information.
  • 21,399 African American women have been directly educated one-on-one, or in small group consultations throughout California.

Phase two of the this initiative begins January 1st, 2017 and runs through January 2019. As we continue doing this much needed work, we will keep you informed as we fight throughout California for health equity in our African American communities.

How Can You Join the Circle?

Join us: register today at californiacircleofpromise.org and make your promise to take care of yourself first and then become an ambassador to your community! We’ll provide you with all of the resources and tools you need to make changes in your own life and to share lifesaving messages with others.

Spread the word: invite your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters and co-workers to join the Circle of Promise. Tell them you want them to join you in the fight against breast cancer’s attack on the African American community before it’s too late.

Be active in your commitment: continue to fight with us by supporting public policy efforts, helping us to raise funds for research, and by making sure that the Circle of Promise is alive in your community!

If you have questions about available services please email: info@komenlacounty.org

Worship in Pink: Supporting Circle of Promise

Worship in Pink is an annual “train-the-trainer” initiative aimed at turning community leaders into breast health ambassadors.  This program is a collaboration between local faith-based organizations and Komen LA County.  The goal of Worship in Pink is to raise breast health awareness and increase community utilization of breast health resources (including no-cost and low-cost services for early detection)  through organized events.  For more information and to get involved, please contact the Komen LA County office at 310-575-3011.

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