Susan G. Komen® African American Breast Health Care Initiative

Welcome to Susan G. Komen Orange County; part of the California Circle of Promise
The Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise CA statewide initiative was created to address the breast healthcare disparities among African American women and empower African American women to be proactive about their breast health.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in this community.  While incidence rates are lower, African American women suffer significantly higher mortality rates; 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts.  This alarming trend is the result of compounding social, cultural, financial and geographic barriers.

Komen Orange County, together with six other Affiliates in California is working to address breast cancer disparities at both the system and individual levels and provide breast health equity.  Our statewide initiative will enable Komen to coordinate and deliver partnerships and resources that assist African American women most in need.

The Initiative Provides:  Community Organization/ Direct Education/ Screening and Navigation Services

Upcoming OC Outreach Events
Praise in Pink – October 2017 (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
“Praise in Pink” is a collaboration between Susan G. Komen® and faith based organizations in Orange County to inform and activate the community to help improve breast cancer outcomes in African American women.  It is held in the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Each organization determines their level of participation, from designating a “pink” Sunday and having everyone wear pink, to honoring survivors, sharing screening information, providing breast health materials and or having a pink themed refreshment reception. If your church or organization would like to participate or obtain additional information, please contact LarLeslie McDaniel at (714) 957-9157 ext. 29 or

Recent OC Outreach Events
Circle of Promise Day- August 1, 2017
This Social Media Event is aimed to bring awareness and educate others concerning breast cancer disparities in our community and encourage regular screening and the practice of good breast health.  This date was chosen for Circle of Promise Day because it is the birthday of Henrietta Lacks (HELA cells).

Newport Beach Jazz Fest – June 3-4, 2017
The African American Breast Health Partnership and members of the Circle of Promise will be attending and providing breast health information at the upcoming Newport Beach Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.  The all day festival takes place at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. If you or someone you know plans to attend, please stop by the Komen table.










First Ladies Health Day 2017 – April 30, 2017
The First Ladies Health Day Initiative is a Health Fair hosted by Pastors’ wives (First Ladies) at their respective churches.  It is designed to bring awareness to illnesses that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and low-income communities.  A courageous group of First Ladies representing 7 Orange County churches joined efforts to serve their communities as an ecumenical team.  It is held annually in metropolitan areas across the U.S., including Chicago, Gary, Ind., Los Angeles, and Orange County, CA. This is the 3rd year that Orange County has participated.









Circle of Promise Roundtable
On Monday, February 27th, more than 70 men and women attended our Circle of Promise Roundtable for a gathering and discussion regarding reducing breast cancer disparities among African-American women. Joining us on stage was Tustin City Council Member Leticia Clark, Komen National Senior Advisor for Special Initiatives, Shyrea Thompson, our keynote speaker and a panel of doctors and nurse navigators. We thank everyone who was part of our program, those in attendance and our photographer Stan Cameron.