Our Community Need
Susan G. Komen® Los Angeles County analyzes local breast cancer issues and public health statistics to conduct a needs assessment. This process guides our local mission priorities so that we can work more effectively within the communities we serve. The needs assessment, know as a Community Profile includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer statistics that highlight underserved and in-need areas, groups or issues here in LA County. We use this needs assessment to make informed decisions on how we can best use our resources to make the greatest impact on local breast cancer issues. We accomplish this in part by awarding local community health grants for diagnostic services, patient navigation and psycho-social support programs and also through our targeted outreach programs.
Every four years, the community needs assessment is updated to capture changes in local health demographics and available services to allow the Affiliate to identify any gaps in the health system and to work toward addressing them. Analysis of Komen Los Angeles County’s service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed product is an assessment of the state of breast health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.
2015 Community Profile Insights
The purpose of the Community Profile is to present an overview of the state of breast cancer in Los Angeles County, and to provide a road map for granting priorities, program planning and service delivery for the Los Angeles County Affiliate and for the entire Los Angeles County breast health and breast cancer community. Following are a few key findings with regard to breast cancer issues affecting Los Angeles County.
- The 2015 Community Profile reveals discrepancies in survival rates among different ethnic groups in women in Los Angeles County. This compelling information points to a need for increased cultural sensitivity and continued education and awareness.
- The lack of navigation and knowledge about what services and resources exist in Los Angeles County make it difficult for patients to access quality health care. Not only is there a lack of resources, but there are obstacles to access the resources that are available.
- There are higher than average late-stage diagnosis rates among African Americans within Los Angeles County.
- Younger African American women have high incidence of later stage diagnosis and lowest survival of all groups, including a marked 5-year survival rate discrepancy compared to all other race/ethnicity groups.
- There is a lack of culturally and linguistically competent education and navigation resources available to Asian and Pacific Islander community members. It appears that there are cultural and linguistic barriers to accessing healthcare.
- Latinas comprise the largest population of uninsured women in LA County. There is no question that this adds to difficulty accessing care. For all women who speak English as a second language or who do not speak English, communication is also a significant barrier to care.
The qualitative and quantitative data led us to focus on the following target communities, in order of priority:
- Women with low incomes and/or who are underserved, uninsured or underinsured
- African American women living in the South Bay
- Latina women living in the San Gabriel Valley, the Metro Area and East Los Angeles County
- Asian American and Pacific Islander women living in the San Gabriel Valley, the Metro Area and the South Bay
- Women under the age of 40 throughout LA County