Statement of Need

The findings from the 2015 Komen Colorado South Community Profile revealed that El Paso, Fremont, Otero, Pueblo and Teller Counties have the highest needs within our service area.

The health system analysis found that breast cancer treatment services were not available in Fremont, Otero, Teller and other counties. Breast cancer survivors and health care providers indicated that the lack of treatment services close by and financial concerns make it difficult for women to get treatment and to adhere to their treatment plan.

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2015 Community Profile Executive Summary

Drawing from the profile, Komen Colorado South has identified the following funding priority areas:

  • Programs that use evidence-based approaches that result in documented linkages to breast cancer screening, diagnostic treatment and/or supportive services.
    • Screening programs in partnership with WWC providers that increase the number of women screened in the past two years.
    • Screening programs in rural communities with above average rates of later-stage diagnosis to include El Paso, Fremont, Otero, Pueblo and Teller Counties.  Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Las Animas and Prowers Counties can be included if a mechanism for delivery of services is included in Grant request.
    • Diagnostic services for women who have an increase breast cancer risk who are ineligible for WWC or have limited or no health insurance to pay for these services.
  • Evidence-based breast cancer education programs (e.g., one-on-one or group sessions that provides information on genetic and behavioral risk factors. Applicants must demonstrate how participants will take age-appropriate action such as talking to their doctor about their personal risk or getting a screening mammogram.
  • Programs that provide financial assistance and or services for non-medical treatment related costs such as transportation, rent, utilities, medication co-pays, food or childcare.
  • Collaborative relationships between entities that address specific gaps in the breast cancer continuum of care and lead to documented linkages to breast cancer care.
  • Programs that develop or expand patient navigation programs for women diagnosed with breast cancer that results in the individual starting treatment within 30 days of diagnosis and remaining compliant with doctor recommended treatment.