Improving Breast Health Services Access in the National Capital Region

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Improving Breast Health Services Access in the National Capital Region


The National Capital Region, including Washington, DC and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia, has the highest breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States.  The region also has one of the highest incidence rates of late-stage breast cancer and women of color experience the highest rates of breast cancer mortality.  In 2015, CommonHealth ACTION collaborated with Susan G. Komen® to conduct 10 focus groups with female residents of Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA, to gather information on breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment, and support services.  In April and May, 75 community residents who identified as female, between the ages of 20-64 years old, and lived in Washington, DC (Wards 2, 5, 7 or 8) or Alexandria, VA, were offered the opportunity to reflect on their experiences or any challenges they have encountered in the Washington, DC region within guided, small group discussions. 

The information that CommonHealth ACTION gathered from the focus groups will inform the update of the 2015 Susan G. Komen® National Capital Region Community Profile.  The Susan G. Komen® Community Profile helps determine activities that will be carried out in the National Capital Region (NCR), including grant making, education, outreach, and policy.  The Community Profile is made available to providers, communities, researchers, and stakeholders.  The Profile will be available to healthcare providers, communities, researchers, and other stakeholders in late 2015.

To read the findings report, please click on the link below to download the report.

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