Disparities in our Region*
FACT: Of the 17 counties served by Komen Lowcountry, eleven have 100% living in medically underserved areas.
FACT: African American women have much higher death to incidence ratios than White women in every county served by the affiliate.
FACT: Our most vulnerable communities lie along the I-95 Corridor.
FACT: More than 40% of the population in Allendale County have incomes below 100% of Federal Poverty Level.
Komen Lowcountry recognizes that each county we serve faces challenges. By focusing strategic efforts on specific populations, the Affiliate can continue to be efficient stewards of our limited resources.
Three overarching issues are evident throughout our service area: access to the full continuum of care, education of both the general population and medical providers, and the lack of Medicaid expansion. These problems negatively impact breast health disparities in the Affiliate’s predominant populations- rural and Black/African-American women. If these issues are addressed appropriately, these populations may have better health outcomes. This is why the following priorities were identified for Komen Lowcountry’s Mission Action Plan:
- Increase access to the full breast health continuum of care in the I-95 Corridor regions through developing partnerships and grantmaking.
- Increase the dissemination of trusted breast health care education and information about Best Chance Network, local breast health providers, and financial aid in the four target communities.
- Reduce financial barriers to care for the working poor, underinsured, and medically underserved in the four I-95 Corridor regions, including those who would have been Medicaid eligible had the state expanded it.
The Community Profile
The 2015 Community Profile will guide Komen Lowcountry’s work for the coming years, aligning strategic and operational efforts to better address the region’s breast health needs and disparities. This needs assessment is compiled to assist the Affiliate and its partners in identifying breast cancer disparities within the 17 county region. By incorporating focused grantmaking, education and advocacy policies, Komen Lowcountry can make a greater impact on the lives of South Carolinians.
The Community Profile is compiled every four years and updated as needed. Statistical data and community feedback are used to identify the challenges faced within the communities we serve.
* Based on the findings of the 2015 Komen Lowcountry Community Profile