To fulfill our promise, Komen Arkansas completes a needs assessment every four years resulting in the Community Profile. The Community Profile evaluates the state of breast cancer in our service area, guides our grant funding, and allows us to work more effectively within the community. The report analyzes demographic and breast cancer data, reviews existing breast care programs and services, and summarizes survey, interview, and focus group findings from breast cancer survivors, members of the general population, and breast health providers. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.
Every two years, the Community Profile is revised to reflect changes in the community, allowing the Affiliate to identify any new or existing gaps in the healthcare system and to work toward filling them. Analysis of Komen Arkansas’ service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed product is an assessment of the state of breast health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.