Statement of Need

Up to 75 percent of the net income raised by Komen Central & Eastern Virginia stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening, and treatment projects.

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each domestic Komen Affiliate supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific conferences around the world.

The Susan G. Komen® Promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen Central & Eastern Virginia contributes to the Komen Promise by awarding funds to local not-for-profit organizations that provide innovative, non-duplicative breast health and breast cancer services directly to the medically underserved, uninsured or underinsured in central and eastern Virginia.

The Komen Central & Eastern Virginia Affiliate is currently offering grants up to $25,000 for innovative programs that reduce breast cancer death rates, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Beginning with the 2020-2021 Grant Cycle, grants from Komen Central & Eastern Virginia will be awarded to organizations in the newly combined service area service area.

Komen Central Virginia Service Area (prior to May 2019)

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. Based on the data from the 2015 Komen Central Virginia Community Profile approved Mission Action Plan, the following grant funding priorities have been identified for the Komen Central Virginia service area:

  • Breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for uninsured/underinsured women. 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/populations:
    • Black/African-American and women of foreign descent in the Richmond Metropolitan area (City of Richmond and Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico)
    • Piedmont Virginia (Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward)
    • Southside Virginia (City of Emporia and Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, and Mecklenburg)
  • Evidence-based, culturally appropriate breast cancer education programs that motivate participants to action (e.g., talk to doctor about breast cancer risk, get a clinical breast exam or screening mammogram). 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/populations:
    • Black/African-American and women of foreign descent in the Richmond Metropolitan area (City of Richmond and Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico)
    • Piedmont Virginia (Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward)
    • Southside Virginia (City of Emporia and Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, and Mecklenburg)
  • Evidence-based patient navigation or case management that assists individuals in navigating the breast cancer continuum of care. 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:
    • Piedmont Virginia (Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward)
    • Southside Virginia (City of Emporia and Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, and Mecklenburg)
  • Evidence-based breast cancer survivor support programs that meet basic needs and facilitate quality of life during breast cancer treatment (e.g., transportation, assistance, financial assistance).  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:
    • Piedmont Virginia (Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward)
    • Southside Virginia (City of Emporia and Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, and Mecklenburg)

Komen Tidewater Area (prior to May 2019)

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. Based on the data from the 2015 Komen Tidewater Community Profile (an Executive Summary is also available) approved Mission Action Plan, the following grant funding priorities have been identified for the Komen Central Virginia service area:

Problem Statement

Aside from York County, none of the communities in the Affiliate service area are expected to reach the Healthy People 2020 goals for either late-stage incidence or the death rates for breast cancer. (Table 1)

Priorities

Provide funding for services that will contribute to a reduction of the late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer for the Affiliate service area as a whole.

Objectives

  1. Continue to provide funding for services through Komen Community Grants to any population in the service area that is not meeting the Healthy People 2020 goals for late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer, while focusing on those considered highest priority.
  2. By 2016, increase educational outreach to the service area as a whole by 5 percent through the Worship in Pink program.
  3. By 2017, develop and implement a social media educational campaign for the Tidewater service area to provide the general public with information regarding the importance of early detection.

Problem Statement

Women in the target community of Portsmouth have a late-stage incidence rate and death rate that are higher than the Affiliate service area as a whole, higher than Virginia as a whole, and higher than the US as a whole. (Table 1) The health system analysis found that breast health services were limited in Portsmouth. (Page X) Breast health care providers indicated that transportation issues, socioeconomic characteristics and attitudes toward breast health were adversely affecting their entering and staying in the continuum of care.

Priorities

Reduce the late-stage diagnoses and mortality rates for breast cancer in Portsmouth by improving access to breast health services for the under and uninsured.

Objectives

  1. Starting in 2016, the Affiliate will increase its educational outreach through the Worship in Pink program and other public forums in Portsmouth by at least 5 percent each year.
  2. By 2017, develop collaborative relationships with at least two community-based health care providers serving Portsmouth to encourage them to apply for Komen Community Grant funding to increase services offered in Portsmouth.
  3. By 2017, Komen Tidewater Request for Application will require the inclusion of transportation services for all applications directed toward Portsmouth.

Problem Statement

The late-stage incidence rate and death rate for women in the target community of Newport News are higher than the Affiliate service area as a whole, Virginia as a whole, and the US as a whole. (Table 1) The health systems analysis found that there are services and access to services throughout the city. (Page X) The qualitative data indicated that there is a lack of understanding of the importance of early detection and a fear of breast cancer that is preventing Newport News women from entering and staying in the continuum of care.

Priorities

Reduce the late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in Newport News by educating women about the importance of breast health services available in Newport News.

Objectives

  1. Beginning in 2016, Komen Tidewater Request for Application will require the inclusion of an educational component in all applications directed toward Newport News.
  2. Starting in 2016, the Affiliate will increase its educational outreach through the Worship in Pink program and other public forums in Newport News by at least 5 percent each year.

Problem Statement

The late-stage incidence rate and death rate for women in the target community of Chesapeake are higher than the Affiliate service area as a whole, Virginia as a whole and the US as a whole.(Table 1) The health system analysis found that the breast health/breast cancer services in Chesapeake are located in the vicinity of the hospital (Page X). The qualitative data indicated that there are transportation and insurance issues that prevent women from accessing the continuum of care.

Priorities

Reduce the late-stage incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in Chesapeake by improving access to breast health services for the under and uninsured and increasing educational outreach.

Objectives

  1. Starting in 2016, the Affiliate will increase its educational outreach through the Worship in Pink program and other public forums by 5 percent each year.
  2. By 2017 Komen Tidewater Request for Application will require inclusion will require inclusion of transportation services for all applications directed toward Chesapeake.