Statement of Need

The findings from the 2015 Komen Kansas Community Profile revealed that the overarching priority is increasing early detection and access to services across the continuum of care for women in the State of Kansas, with a focus on Black/African-American women in Sedgwick and Shawnee Counties and women in Cherokee and Montgomery Counties in rural Southeast, Kansas.

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Drawing from the profile, Komen Kansas has identified the following funding priority areas:

Priority 1- Actionable Education
Effectively educate women on breast health and services available to them in language and culturally appropriate methods leading to increased screening and knowledge of survivorship services.

  • Objective 1: By the end of April 2016, partner with the Early Detection Works program to host a minimum of a one day workshop in Sedgwick or Shawnee County focusing on evidence-based educational programs with emphasis on health literacy and cultural awareness. Ensure part of this includes “Train the Trainer” methodology so attendees can train providers and other constituents in target communities.
  • Objective 2: By December 2016, partner with at least two community-based outreach/health organizations in each region to identify at least three leaders in target communities who are willing to be champions for breast health and educate them on Komen messaging and resources available. Champions will be expected to share knowledge and resources during at least two community events.
  • Objective 3: By December 2015 coordinate and sponsor, with the Advocates in Science (AIS) Steering Committee, a Komen event in Sedgwick County focusing on survivorship. A Komen Scholar will be the main speaker. Telemedicine technology will be utilized to make the presentation available to Midwest Cancer Alliance partner cancer centers across the state.
  • Objective 4: By October 2015 implement the Pink Sunday Program in at least two churches in all four target counties.

Priority 2- Addressing Barriers to Accessing Care
Decrease the difficulty of getting screened by addressing barriers identified in the Community Profile, such as finances, transportation, clinic hours, and cultural norms, to therefore increase screening.

  • Objective 1: By the end of March 2017, revise Community Grant RFA to indicate afterwork screening events are a priority for Cherokee, Montgomery, Sedgwick and Shawnee Counties.
  • Objective 2: From November 2015 to March 2017, Community Grant RFA funding priorities will include breast cancer screenings for the uninsured, transportation assistance, patient navigation and mobile mammography programs for Cherokee, Montgomery, Sedgwick and Shawnee Counties.
  • Objective 3: By May 2016 become a member of the Kansas Rural Health Association to enhance the health and well-being of rural Kansans through united advocacy, leadership, education,  ollaboration and resource development.