What is the Circle of Promise?

The Komen Inland Empire Affiliate, together with six other Affiliates in California, is working to address breast cancer disparities at both the system and individual levels. Out state-wide initiative will enable Komen to coordinate and deliver partnerships and resources that assist African American women most in need.

The initiative will provide:

  • Community Organization: Building partnerships and leveraging strategic relationships to address barriers by pooling resources, sharing best practices, reducing redundancies in services, and uniting partners around the project’s goals and objectives.
  • Direct Education:  Komen-supported community educators will provide direct outreach and aid women in scheduling a mammogram appointment. These educators will also provide continuous follow-up to support women through the process and increase the rate of completed mammograms.
  • Screening and Advocacy Services: Komen’s community organizing practices will help to identify available services, ensure that services meet the standard 60 day quality care benchmarks and provide supplementary grants to fill any gaps in screening. Additionally, each Affiliate will utilize a grant-funded community resource advocate to coordinate local community resources to aid women in accessing breast health services.

If you would like to contact us regarding upcoming

Circle of Promise events, screenings, or other breast health resources, please call 951-676-7465 .

Join us for Circle of Promise Day- August 1st

Join Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire, local breast cancer survivors and Assemblymember Cheryl Brown on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum for the celebration of Circle of Promise Day in California!

Together we will make a pledge to make breast health a priority among African American women in our community!

Here is our flyer with the event details: Circle of Promise Day Flyer

An Introduction to the Circle of Promise

This video was presented at Komen Leadership Conference Opening Session on July 17, 2014 and features Jackie Taylor, Komen Sacramento African American Ambassador and clips from the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative (Empowering African American Women for Breast Health Care Access) Press Conference held in Sacramento on May 7th, 2014.

Circle of Promise News & Updates

Susan G. Komen® California Launches a Bold New Campaign to Prevent African American Women from Dying Needlessly from Breast Cancer– Press Release July 7, 2015

We are pleased to be a part of the ‪#‎WeAreWomen‬ Campaign and announce our 2015 partnership with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks for their 19th season.

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We invite you to become part of a movement to educate and empower African American women for greater breast healthcare access. Join the Circle of Promise California Initiative and help enhance African American women’s access to breast health information, services and support across California through the Komen California Collaborative – Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Susan G. Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Susan G. Komen San Diego Susan G. Komen Orange County Susan G. Komen Central Valley.

As the circle of promise grows, so does our chance of beating breast cancer. ‪#‎SpeakUpTalkAboutIt‬ ‪#‎makethepromise‬#‎getscreened

Join the Circle Today @ www.californiacircleofpromise.org

Initiative Moves Forward with Key Hire

Rhonda_Smith_Headshot-150x150Breast Cancer Partner was founded in 2010 by Rhonda M. Smith who is a six-year breast cancer survivor and a business and marketing consultant. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the State-wide Initiative and play a key role in reversing the trend in the breast cancer disparities and outcome for African Americans here in California. What we are doing in California is epic and has the potential to impact the lives of women nationally as well,” said Smith.

“Breast Cancer Partner was chosen to lead this ground-breaking work for its proven track record of designing and implementing results-oriented programs,” said Katie Parker, Executive Director Komen Inland Empire. “When found in its earliest stages, breast cancer has a survival rate of nearly 98 percent. But a woman has to get a mammogram in order to catch breast cancer early. We needed a partner who shared our vision and passion for this work, with the depth and breadth of experience to ensure that we achieve the goals of the initiative and Breast Cancer Partner, led by Rhonda M. Smith, was the clear choice”, said Parker.Komen Inland Empire is proud to be a part of a statewide Initiative to address the breast healthcare disparities among African American women.

While incidence rates are lower, African American women suffer significantly higher mortality rates; 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts. For women without health coverage, the burden is even higher – uninsured women have a 30 to 50 percent increased risk of dying from breast cancer than those with insurance. This alarming trend is the result of compounding social, cultural, financial and geographic barriers, and is simply unacceptable in light of the overall improvement in mortality rates since the 1990s.

How Can You Join the Circle?

Join us: register today at www.californiacircleofpromise.org and make your promise to take care of yourself first and then become an ambassador to your community! We’ll provide you with all of the resources and tools you need to make changes in your own life and to share lifesaving messages with others. Be sure Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

Spread the word: invite your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters and co-workers to join the Circle of Promise. Tell them you want them to join you in the fight against breast cancer’s attack on the African American community before it’s too late.

Be active in your commitment: continue to fight with us by supporting public policy efforts, helping us to raise funds for research, and by making sure that the Circle of Promise is alive in your community!

If you have questions about available services please contact us at 951-676-7465

Support for the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California InitiativeTM is made possible in part by a grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, LLC.

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