Funding Priorities

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race supports the national Komen for the Cure Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world. Up to 75 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening, treatment, and support projects.

The Community Profile is a needs assessment document that provides an overview of Komen’s grant-making priorities and the breast health needs in our service area. Please see tabs to the top right of this page to access our Community Profile and secondary data that will support your needs assessment.  You may also use other data sources to strengthen your local needs assessment.

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:
1. Increasing 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

2. Increasing access to quality breast health services by addressing one or more of the following barriers for racial and/or ethnic minority women (especially for Black women): cultural norms, linguistic isolation, low health literacy, lack of insurance, irregular sources of medical care, and uncoordinated treatment.

Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, City of Buena Vista, Campbell, Carroll, City of Covington, City of Danville, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, City of Galax, Giles, Grayson, Henry, City of Lexington, City of Lynchburg, City of Martinsville, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, City of Radford, Roanoke, City of Roanoke, Rockbridge, City of Salem, and Wythe

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