Komen for the Cure® Breast Cancer Community Profile
Breast cancer is the most widespread cancer diagnosed in women and one of the top 10 causes of death in American women. While a great deal of research is aimed at treatments for breast cancer, it is also important to focus on how current resources are distributed to best meet the needs of women with breast cancer. Determining how to increase access to care, improve equity in caring for underserved populations and address the needs of individual communities can help to promote improved outcomes for breast cancer patients.
This project was a collaboration between Aurora Health Care and the Milwaukee Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to complete a community profile describing the state of breast cancer across eight southeastern Wisconsin counties. This community profile will be used to help Komen Milwaukee Affiliate leadership set funding priorities for future community health grants and strategic initiatives for the Affiliate.
This project was implemented in eight counties in southeastern Wisconsin – Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. Over 100 providers were surveyed and 25 community members participated in interviews. These surveys and interviews helped the Komen Milwaukee Affiliate understand why women were not getting screened for breast cancer and/or following through with prescribed treatment regimens after there has been a diagnosis.
August 2008 – March 2009
The Community Profile has been completed and presented to the Komen Milwaukee Affiliate Board of Directors. With their limited resources, they identified where the biggest impact in reducing mortality could be made with the financial and human resources currently available. Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties were identified as key target areas based on the number of women affected. The following priorities were determined from the report findings:
The Milwaukee Affiliate released the Community Profile in July 2009 and has disseminated the information in several ways, including:
This project was funded through the generous support of Aurora Health Care.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Center for Urban Population Health
Jessica Bergstrom, MPH
Naoyo Mori, PhD
Melissa Lemke, MA
Paula Tran, BS