Health Equity

We believe in harnessing the collective power of our community to save lives.

The issue of breast cancer disparities is immensely complex, a blend of personal risk, inherited or genetic risk, social determinants of health and healthcare delivery barriers, resulting in a 41% higher rate of mortality in the Franklin County African-American population, as compared to white women (National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control, 2017). The late stage diagnosis rate among African-American women is 22% higher than white women (Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System, 2016). Overall, patterns of social isolation, social determinants of health, low-income, quality of care and delays in care appear to correlate with poorer mortality rates.

Host a “Know Your Girls” event to increase breast cancer awareness in your community!

The September Update report summarizes what was learned from the launch of the Komen Columbus Breast Health Equity Initiative in September 2016 through March 2017. We’re also proud to work with the Ohio Department of Health and share a success story they’ve published about collaboration and impact in their cancer control section.

Our 2017 Community Conversations Report is an assessment of community needs and solutions gathered from local stakeholders to reduce and eliminate the African-American breast cancer mortality disparity in Columbus.

Our African American Disparities Executive Summary report is available to download to learn more.

A barrier guide is available as well.

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