Susan G. Komen® Houston works to better the lives of those facing breast cancer locally by assessing community needs, connecting patients to breast health resources, convening partners to reduce disparities, advocating for policy change and funding needed services.
To decrease breast cancer deaths, the Partners in Pink: Galveston County Breast Cancer Coalition began to work together in 2016 with support from Susan G. Komen® Houston.
Women in Galveston County have a 16 percent higher death rate from breast cancer than women in Texas. Most alarming, African-American women have a 47 percent higher death rate from breast cancer than Caucasian women in Galveston. With the fractured healthcare system, no expansion of Medicaid and no hospital district in Galveston, patients face many challenges navigating the system.
Using initial funding from Komen and following the Collective Impact approach, Komen Houston created the Partners in Pink: Galveston County Breast Cancer Coalition in 2016 as a mechanism to make system level-changes, evaluated over time, to reduce the African-American breast cancer disparities and decrease late stage diagnosis in five years for Galveston County.
- Establishment of local leadership: Coalition Co-Chairs are Pat Jones and Stephanie Doyle, a local breast cancer survivor and volunteers.
- Establishment of Coalition: Members include D’Feet Breast Cancer, Galveston County Health District, St. Vincent’s House, Boat People SOS, American Cancer Society, Black Nurses Association, Reconstruction of a Survivor, UTMB, Coastal Health and Wellness (FQHC), UT School of Public Health, The Rose and Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
- Development of a common agenda as the framework for our work.
- Development of the Breast Health Resource Sheet for Galveston County.
- Creation of a Backbone Committee to guide, support and create a sustainability plan for the Coalition.
- Creation of two workgroups on Access to Care and Screening, which developed actions plans.
- Held two Community Conversations reaching over 140 African American women in Galveston and Texas City in 2017 and 2018. The Coalition worked in partnership to assess facilitators and barriers to health and breast care appointments, and gain community support.
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