Our Community Need
Susan G. Komen Columbus conducts a needs assessment to guide our priorities and work more effectively within the community. The needs assessment includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer statistics that highlight target areas, groups or issues. Komen Columbus then uses the the needs assessment to make informed decisions on how the Affiliate can use its resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in the area through the awarding of local grants for education, screening and treatment programs. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.
Every four years, a community needs assessment is revised to reflect changes in the community, allowing the Affiliate to identify any gaps in the health system and to work toward filling them. Analysis of Komen Columbus’ 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.
In 2011, our community assessment identified the following priorities:
- Increase and improve delivery of early detection services, including (re)screening and diagnostics that will improved mortality rates.
- Improve survivorship support that is evidence based &/or represents an innovative approach.
Part of the 2015 Community Profile is the Quantitative Data Report which includes statistics for the Komen Columbus service area including: breast cancer incidence, breast cancer mortality, late-stage diagnosis, breast cancer screening mammography, demographic data, socioeconomic data and maps.