Our Community Need
Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) is a government program that has established 10-year objectives for improving American’s health by the year 2020. The Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate reviewed HP2020 trends and has identified areas within the service area where it will take 13 years or longer to meet the HP2020 objectives related to breast cancer: reducing mortality rates and numbers of late-stage diagnoses. Specific to the mission, the Affiliate will focus strategic efforts on five selected target communities over the next five years.
Findings from the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate 2015-2019 Community Profile Report reveal that access to and timely progression through the breast cancer continuum of care is believed to reduce breast cancer mortality rates and numbers of late-stage diagnoses. Receiving regular screening mammograms lowers an individual’s risk of dying from breast cancer; however, individuals often present with late-stage diagnoses and would have a greater chance of survival if the breast cancer was found early and treated. In addition, mortality and late-stage incidence rates are highest among Black women. Disparities in breast health education and services are influenced by the rural landscape and socioeconomic barriers.
The Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate has identified the following funding priority areas:
- Promoting the importance of early detection and increasing the number of residents (especially Black/African American individuals) who receive breast cancer screenings within:
- The Central Blue Ridge Region (Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Radford City)
- The South Central Region (Patrick County, Henry County, Martinsville City)
- Wythe County
- Danville City
- Lynchburg City
- Increasing access to quality breast health services (especially for Black/African American individuals) by providing transportation to and from breast health appointments for residents of:
- Henry County
- Patrick County
- Radford City
- Roanoke County
- Wythe County
- Increasing access to quality breast health services (especially for Black/African American individuals) by using relevant, culturally competent educational materials to address one or more of the following barriers: lack of knowledge concerning transportation options, low health literacy, fear of a breast cancer diagnosis, and lack of health insurance.