In order to ensure that we are funding programs that address the specific unmet breast health needs of our community, Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale works with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct a Community Profile, a comprehensive community needs assessment, every 4 years. This Community Profile strives to pinpoint populations most at risk for dying of breast cancer, identify needs and gaps, as well as assets, in the health system, and understand what people know, think and do about breast cancer. With the needs assessment as our foundation, each year Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale funds the most effective community-based programs that meet our prioritized needs.
Our Funding Priority Areas are as follows:
Priority: Reducing Barriers to Care
Evidence-based projects that increase access to the breast cancer continuum of care and reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Monroe County.
The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that provide
- no cost or low cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services
- mobile mammography
- diagnostic/treatment financial assistance with co-insurance/deductibles
- interpreter services, and
- projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation.
Priority: Breast Cancer Education
Programs that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and small group settings.
Projects must be designed to result in documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target:
- African-American individuals in Broward County
- Linguistically isolated/Foreign born individuals in Miami-Dade County
- Providers serving the LGBT community in Broward County
- Uninsured or underinsured individuals in Monroe County
Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted.