Community Programs

The promise of Susan G. Komen® is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Komen Great Plains focuses efforts to enhance mission impact across Nebraska and South Dakota through the Community Programs Funding Process. Community Programs are determined through a Letter of Intent (LOI) submission process. This process is through invitation only.

Community Program Goal

The goal in Komen Great Plains Community Programs is to reduce breast cancer mortality by improving access to quality care. Patient Navigation is an evidence-based approach that has been proven to help achieve this goal. Navigation programs help by meeting the needs of education, removing barriers to care, assisting through the health system and enable patients to remain in the  continuum of care to continue and/or finish treatment.

Funding Priorities

Community programs funded will consist of one of the two priorities below:

  • Navigation to Screening and Follow-Up

    • Providing breast health education, needs assessment evaluation, resolve barriers to screenings and follow-ups based on risk appropriate needs and provide financial assistance for screening or follow-up testing.
  • Navigation to Continuum of Care

    • Providing education on services related to treatment, identifying financial barriers to treatment, provide financial assistance to remove barriers related to cost-of-living and connecting patients to resources for additional services and/or follow-up.

Target Communities

Target communities are derived from the Komen Great Plains Community Profile. Komen Great Plains service area is 91 counties in Nebraska and 54 counties in South Dakota but focuses on areas of need with the highest rates of breast cancer death and late-stage breast cancer diagnosis.

  • Nebraska: Custer, Dawson, Douglas, Lincoln and Sanders counties
    • In Douglas county, efforts are focused on Hispanic/Latina women and African American women.   In Dawson county, efforts are focused on Hispanic/Latina women.
  • South Dakota: Beadle, Bennett, Jackson, Lawrence, Oglala Lakota, Pennington counties

Selected organizations that meet specific funding criteria are invited to submit an LOI for funding. The LOI is distributed to select organizations who provide extensive and complete breast health services, especially within the identified highest need communities. The LOI process is essential to making sure our donor dollars are invested into programs that can help us achieve our Bold Goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026 in the U.S. The Affiliate’s Mission Committee conducts in-depth program assessments to identify potential organizations who can provide a seamless transition from education to treatment for low-income and underserved individuals.  The Mission Committee is comprised of board members and community members that evaluate the breast health needs in our targeted communities making progress towards our Mission and Bold Goal.

Questions regarding the community programs funding process can be directed to the Community Impact Manager,

Small Community Programs (funding up to $5,000) are open to all non-profit organizations.  For more information click here.

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