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Circle of Promise
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.
Click here for State Wide Accomplishments from Phase one of the Circle of Promise African American Breast Health Initiative
Arnedra Jordan is the Community Resource advocate for the Los Angeles County affiliate of Circle of Promise. She is constantly looking for opportunities to educate, empower and work with the community to support African American women and the Circle of Promise Initiative. If you are interested in joining the Circle of Promise or have any questions about how you can get involved, please contact her at:
(310) 575-3011 ext 210
On Site Mammograms & Breast Health Information
On Site Mammograms & Breast Health Information
We partner with Watts and St. Marys to provide onsite and mobile mammograms to women in the community.
Join us the first Friday of every month and every Wednesday!
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Join us the First Friday of every Month!
1050 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813
For questions please contact Lillian Herrera
Watts Health Corp.
Join us Every Wednesday for Watts Wednesdays!
10300 Compton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
To schedule an appointment, please contact
*Must be over the age of 40 for mobile mammography
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: firstname.lastname@example.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. Look for our next WIP event in our events calendar! For more information and to get involved, please contact the Komen LA County office at 310-575-3011.