Funding Priorities

A minimum of 25 percent of net income from each domestic Affiliate Race supports the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure research program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, as well as 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 educationbreast cancer screenings and treatment projects.

2015 – 2019 Community Profile 

The Community Profile is an assessment that provides an overview of the breast health needs in our service area. Based on these findings, Komen Dallas County establishes Affiliate priorities so they can best serve for the nearly 2.4 million residents living in Dallas County. The Community Profile guides our strategic planning and grant making priorities.

Every four years, the Community Profile 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 Dallas County in the Community Profile includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed Community Profile report is an assessment of the state of breast health in Dallas County and a plan of action to reduce breast cancer mortality disparities in our community. Komen Dallas County is currently working to update the Community Profile.

To learn more about the Community Profile, click here

Summary of Priorities

Drawing from the Community Profile, Komen Dallas County has identified the following funding priority:

To reduce the burden of late stage diagnosis and breast cancer mortality disparities experienced by African American women living in our community through programs that provide breast health education, navigation, and/or medical services for African American women living in Cedar Hill, DeSoto Lancaster, and South Dallas.

To address this disparity, the Affiliate is seeking applications for:

  • Projects incorporating the use of community health workers (CHWs) who are fluent in and sensitive to the language and culture of the audience that the health care programs want to reach with positive breast health messages. These projects should be evidence-based, and must focus on providing in-depth breast cancer education and outreach that link patients to care and result in: completed breast cancer clinical services (e.g. clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, etc.). Projects need to have pre-test/post-test tools to evaluate the change in the participant’s knowledge about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and utilizing the health care system to access recommended screening.
  • Evidence-based projects that focus on screening, diagnostics, treatment, and transportation to services in a timely fashion.
  • Projects that provide emergency living expenses (e.g. rent, utilities, groceries, etc.), and childcare services.
  • Projects that focus on providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, patient navigation, including translation services, if needed, and advocacy through the full continuum of care (e.g. screening to treatment services). This navigator program must perform the necessary outreach to find the medically underserved and guide them through the process necessary to get the needed screenings and treatment. The navigator will need to have knowledge of breast cancer and related services provided from all available sources, including, but not limited to: transportation, and financial assistance.