Susan G. Komen® Columbus is a non-profit organization serving 30 counties in central and southeast Ohio. We work to ensure access to and build programs that enhance quality care. Various data sources and studies are conducted and analyzed to determine local funding priorities. Funding priorities and strategy are informed by community needs assessment. The last assessment was completed in 2015 and is available here. A new community profile is planned for 2021.
Current programming includes: patient navigation support and financial support for patient care services through hospital system and provider partners, care coordination and support by Komen staff, comfort kits for newly diagnosed patients, risk assessment education, metastatic patient support and retreats, Komen’s Helpline and National Treatment Assistance Program, Know Your Girls and Worship in Pink minority health and disparities programs, state advocacy for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project and other patient access priorities.
We energize the mission through individual donors, corporate partners and sponsors, volunteers, community partners, Race for the Cure and third party events. Our mission is visible through our advocacy, education and outreach, survivors support, breast cancer screening, patient support and research funding.
Of all the funds raised, 25% goes to global research funding and 75% goes to community health grants and direct patient support services at a local level. Several of our programs assist minority or special populations that face unique circumstances or barriers, including African American, Asian, Somali, Latina and Appalachian women.
In 2012, Komen Columbus was named Affiliate of the Year by the national Susan G. Komen organization. The Columbus Race for the Cure has been the largest Susan G. Komen Race event for several years. The 30 county service area includes: Athens, Champaign, Clark, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, Washington.