Our Community Need

Komen North Florida conducts a needs assessment to guide our priorities and work more effectively within the community. The needs assessment includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer statistics that highlight target areas, groups or issues. Komen North Florida then uses the the needs assessment to make informed decisions on how the Affiliate can use its resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in the area through the awarding of local grants for education, screening and treatment programs. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.

Every five years, a community needs assessment 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 Komen North Florida’s five-county service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed product is an assessment of the state of breast health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.

In 2015 a Community Profile was completed.  The next Community Profile will be completed in 2020.

2015-19_Komen North Florida 2015 Community Profile Report

2015-19_Komen North Florida Executive Summary

Komen North Florida will award community grants to organizations that will provide breast health and breast cancer programs that address funding priorities, which were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen North Florida Community Profile Report.

The funding priority areas listed below are in order of importance.

Priority #1: We believe everyone deserves equal access to quality breast health care, regardless of race or socio-economic status. The medically underserved are of particular concern and different populations have different barriers. Komen North Florida will support evidence-based screening programs that provide free or low cost mammograms for uninsured women over 40. While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate benefit to one or more of the following target communities and/or populations:

  • Baker County
  • Hispanic/Latina women in Clay County
  • Black/African-American women in Duval County
  • Nassau County

Priority #2: Our goal is to locate and support transportation services that can provide assistance to those who cannot receive breast health and/or breast cancer screening, diagnostic or treatment services due to lack of local availability and a means of transportation. While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that propose programs that will provide transportation services to one or more of the following target communities:

  • Baker County
  • Clay County
  • Duval County
  • Nassau County

Priority #3: Breast health education that provided information about available services is a need for both providers and the public. Komen North Florida will support evidence-based breast health education sessions that include information on breast self-awareness, screening guidelines, community resources (e.g., where to get screening, financial aid, transportation, etc.), nutrition and healthy lifestyle. To be effective, education must be culturally appropriate for the audience and motive participants to take action (e.g., talk to their doctor about their risk or seek a screening mammogram) or link participants to breast health services. While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that propose evidence-based breast cancer education programs that address the designated needs identified above and also demonstrate benefit to one or more of the following target communities and/or populations:

  • Baker County
  • Hispanic/Latina women in Clay County
  • Black/African-American women in Duval County
  • Nassau County

Priority #4: As the healthcare system expands, it also has become more complex. Therefore, the Affiliate is committed to supporting the use of breast cancer patient navigators and community health workers to improve the ability of individuals to move seamlessly into and throughout the breast cancer Continuum of Care beginning with the referral process, to screening, diagnosis, treatment, as well as supportive services.   While applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area, priority will be given to applicants that propose evidence-based patient navigation and community health worker programs that demonstrate benefit to one or more of the following target communities:

  • Baker County
  • Nassau County