Community Impact

Susan G. Komen Columbus is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Central and Southeastern Ohio.  Through its 2014-2015 community grants, Komen Columbus is investing $1.4 million in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs here in our community provided by 21 local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Since it was founded in 1993, Komen Columbus has invested more than $15 million in local breast health agencies and organizations.

  • It is estimated that in 2014, more than 8,000 Ohio women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year (almost 2,000 in our service area alone).
  • In Central and Southeastern Ohio alone, on average, 689 women are diagnosed at a late stage each year, and 415 women die from breast cancer each year.
  • African American women in Komen Columbus’s service area have a 33% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women.

The funds Komen Columbus grants to community programs in our service area have made a positive difference in the lives of those living with this deadly disease. We have made progress in Franklin and Delaware counties, where the death rate is statistically significantly falling.

From April 2014 to March 2015, more than $1.4 million in grant programs funded by Komen Columbus will provide over 120,000 quality breast health care services to underserved, underinsured women throughout Central and Southeastern Ohio.

  • Free and low cost screening mammography and/ or diagnostics
  • Transportation assistance
  • Mobile mammography screening events
  • Patient navigation and patient education
  • Breast self awareness outreach
  • Treatment supplies including medication, lymphedema supplies, breast prostheses and bras, wigs
  • Use of medical homes and clinics to eliminate barriers to screening for those without primary care providers
  • Surgical consultations
  • Access to a Spanish speaking hotline
  • Provider education for genetic risk assessments
  • Work and resources in culturally competent outreach, specifically to the Amish and Mennonite and Latina populations
  • Our Komen Ambassadors are available for speaking engagements and our Breast Cancer 101 series can be utilized for lunch and learns and other educational opportunities.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen Grants Program managed by Susan G. Komen. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.

  • In 2013-2014, Komen Columbus was fortunate to be able to invest more than $570,000 solely toward research.
  • Since 1993, we have contributed over $5 million to this program.
  • More than $10 million has been awarded from the Susan G. Komen Grants Program to Ohio researchers and institutions.