Komen Maryland regularly conducts a needs assessment to gather information on the state of breast cancer in our service area and to set priorities that ensure we serve the people who most need help. The resulting Community Profile guides our priorities and communication with community members, grantees, partners, sponsors and policy makers. The report includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer data, an analysis of local health systems, and qualitative data from local providers and women in the community.
Download the full 2011 Community Profile report
Download the 2011 Community Profile Executive Summary
Download the 2011 Community Profile Snapshot (coming soon)
Komen Maryland Service Area Priorities
The Affiliate chose four jurisdictions in Maryland as current communities of interest due to annual death rates above the state rate, percentage of late-stage diagnoses, screening rates, and proportion of minority populations and those living below poverty. The four communities are Baltimore City, Calvert, Charles and Somerset Counties. The resulting priorities and action plan engage vulnerable and at-risk populations and addresses gaps found in the community.
Priority 1: Support policy and system changes to increase annual screening rates across the affiliate service area.
Priority 2: Support expanded screening and facilitation of screening especially in each community of interest through funding for patient transportation, extended evening/weekend screening hours, and mammography vans.
Priority 3: Increase small and large grant funding to African American community organizations for awareness, outreach and screening programs.
Priority 4: Support development of breast cancer coalitions in Southern Maryland (Calvert and Charles County specifically) and Baltimore City.