• Where You Live Should Not
    Determine Whether You Live Achieving Health Equity for African-American Women

  • African-American Health Equity Initiative: From Education to Impact

  • Closing the Breast Cancer Gap

    African-American Women in the U.S.

    Die from breast cancer nearly 40% more than Caucasian women


    Are often diagnosed at later stages when treatments are limited, costly and the prognosis is poor


    Are often diagnosed younger and with more aggressive breast cancers


    Social Determinants of Health


    Economic Stability

    Employment, Income,
    Expenses, Debt, Bills


    Health Care System

    Health Coverage, Provider Availability, Provider Linguistic, Cultural Competency & Quality of Care



    Neighborhood, Food & Physical Environment

    Housing, Transportation, Safety, Parks, Playgrounds, Hunger, Access to Healthy Options


    Community & Social Context

    Social Integration, Support Systems, Community Engagement, Discrimination




    Literacy, Language, Early Childhood Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education



    Genetics, Genomics &
    Family History

  • Komen is Partnering to Reduce Disparities to Achieve Breast Health Equity.

  • Our Goal Is to Reduce African-American Breast Cancer Disparities by 25% in 5 Years Starting in 10 Targeted Communities

    Click on the icon icons below to find more information on the U.S metropolitan areas with the greatest disparities in breast cancer mortality rate between African-American and white women.

    Cities with the icon icons below are the U.S metropolitan areas with the greatest disparities in breast cancer mortality rate between African-American and white women.

    Disparities MapLos AngelesOaklandDallasHoustonSt. LouisMemphisChicagoPhiladelphiaWashingtonVirginiaAtlanta

    Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA


    Oakland, CA


    Philadelphia, PA


    Chicago, IL


    St. Louis, MO


    Atlanta, GA


    Washington, DC


    Norfolk, VA


    Dallas / Fort Worth, TX


    Houston, TX


    Memphis, TN

  • Resources

    For People:

    Warning Signs and Symptoms
    Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

    Financial Assistance & Insurance
    The resources, support, and guidance you need.

    Get Quality Care
    Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

    Clinical Trials
    Clinical trials offer the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them.

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor
    Guides on a variety of breast cancer topics to help you have a meaningful conversation with your doctor.

    Screening and Early Detection
    Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.

    Genetic Counseling and Testing
    Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

    Share Your Story
    Sharing your personal story can provide solace to yourself and offer hope for others.


    For Communities:

    Breast Care Helpline
    If you or a loved one needs information about breast health or breast cancer, call our breast care helpline to speak with a specially trained oncology social worker or specialist.

    Forbes: Big Bet Philanthropy

    LOVELL'S FOOD FOR THOUGHTDo We Really Want To Successfully Address Health Inequities?

    Dr. Joseph Telfair on health equity at APHA 2017

    A Perfect StormHow Tumor Biology, Genomics, and Health Care Delivery Patterns Collide to Create a Racial Survival Disparity in Breast Cancer and Proposed Interventions for Change

    Collective Impact ForumSteps to Advancing Equity Through Collective Impact
    The 4th Box Sparks Imagination: Equality vs. Equity


    Beyond Health CareThe Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

    2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America

    Oprah Magazine Breast Cancer Special Report

If you would like to receive African-American Health Equity Initiative communications, please email your name and contact information to healthequity@komen.org.
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