Funding Priorities

A minimum of 25 percent of funds raised from each Komen Dallas Race supports the national Susan G. Komen research program, which invests in groundbreaking breast cancer research and educational and scientific conferences around the world. Up to 75 percent of the funds raised from each Komen Dallas Race stays in the local community to fund breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services, treatment, and support services.

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 few 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:

  • Reducing Barriers to Care. Evidence-based programs that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Dallas County. “Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer.” Komen Dallas County gives highest priority to programs that focus on delivery of no cost or low-cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment co-pay and deductible assistance, transportation assistance, and pharmaceutical prescription assistance.Komen Dallas County gives secondary priority to programs that deliver interpreter services, childcare/eldercare, and financial assistance for daily living expenses (e.g. rent, groceries, utilities, electricity, etc.).
  • Community Health Workers.  Evidence-based programs 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 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.
  • Patient Navigation.  Evidence-based programs providing culturally appropriate patient navigation through the full continuum of care from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.  Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system.  The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment services tailored to individual needs.  Patient navigators offer interventions that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of information, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).