The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Advisory Council was created to help the organization identify and address gaps in breast health and breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment specifically as it pertains to this under-represented and often medically-underserved community.
The focus of the LGBT National Advisory Council will be to assist Komen for the Cure in its outreach, program development, research funding allocations and advocacy within the breast cancer community on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The group's overall goal is to reduce disparities in breast cancer morbidity and mortality in this important and underserved population.
Advisory councils help design strategies to decrease disparities and increase engagement in the fight against breast cancer
Advisory council members are selected on the basis of written nominations. Advisory council members actively engage in helping Komen to plan strategies designed to decrease disparities in breast cancer mortality rates in specific population groups. Members serve on a voluntary basis for a period of three years.
"The combined experience and expertise of our priority-population council members enable Komen to wisely allocate resources to meet breast health and breast cancer needs in population groups that are chronically underserved," said Susan Carter, Komen's senior advisor, office of the president, and facilitator for the organization's advisory councils.
Council Chairperson: Nurit Shein
Council Members: Mary Anne Adams, MSWLeslie J. Calman, Ph.D. Darlene de Manincor, Ph.D.Kathleen DeBold, BSPhilip Deitch, MAAnn FonfaRosalba M. MessinaAnita Radix MD, MPH