Statement of Need
To fulfill our promise, the Arkansas Affiliates completes a needs assessment every 4-5 years resulting in the Community Profile. The Community Profile evaluates the state of breast cancer within 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 three 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.
The 2015 Community Profile will be available online after September 14, 2015. Drawing from the profile, Komen Arkansas has identified the following funding priority areas:
Priority 1: Increase breast health outreach and education programs within target communities – Arkansas County, St. Francis County, Northeast Region (Izard, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp), and Southeast Region (Bradley, Chicot, Drew) – that address breast health and increase awareness of available services.
Priority 2: Increase understanding of breast cancer screening recommendations by health professionals supported by Susan G. Komen® and knowledge of various referral processes to better navigate patients through the continuum of care in the target communities.
Priority 3: Develop and utilize partnerships to enhance the Arkansas Affiliate’s public policy efforts in order to improve breast health outcomes of women in the Affiliate service area.
Priority 4: Increase the quality of Affiliate funded grants to ensure identified gaps in the continuum of care are addressed within the identified target communities.
In addition to the priorities identified from the community profile, the Arkansas Affiliate will continue to service the other counties within the service area since there is great need by:
Priority 5: Develop and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and non-traditional partners along the continuum of care to increase access and reduce systemic barriers to care within the service area.