SUSAN G. KOMEN® ANNOUNCES TRANSFORMATION IN MISSION DELIVERY, OPERATIONS
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Why is the Komen OC Affiliate integrating with the national organization?
The unprecedented health and economic crisis has caused Susan G. Komen to make some difficult yet beneficial decisions regarding its organizational structure. A significant number of Affiliates were deemed unlikely to sustain operations due to steep fundraising downturns. The national organization is restructuring for long-term sustainability so it can most efficiently and effectively meet the current needs of everyone we serve.
When will this transition take place?
As part of the transformation, Susan G. Komen Orange County will be integrating into the national organization in the next few months to streamline operations and administration and to better facilitate a new era in Komen mission delivery. This includes strengthening grassroots advocacy and investment in research and increasing its focus on connecting to patients in a more direct, personal way.
Will I still be able to get the care I need?
As we have adapted to the restrictions of the pandemic, we will continue offering telehealth appointments. If you or a loved one needs information about breast health or breast cancer, call our breast care helpline to speak with a trained specialist or oncology social worker at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our community partners will still receive the funding committed to them in March of this year until the end of this fiscal year, March 2021. This will ensure men and women in Orange County will still be able to care for their breast health during this pandemic.
However, Susan G. Komen has determined it is not in a position to make any additional community program investments this year
How can Komen OC continue to support the local breast health community?
Although our community presence will change, we will keep fighting to break down barriers through the Komen national Helpline, a universally accessible Treatment Assistance Program, and a Komen-certified, technology-driven Patient Navigation program that’s in the works. We will work with key community partners to deliver direct patient services and achieve health equity through collaboration and systems change.
What does this mean for my local metastatic breast cancer (MBC) conference?
Komen intends to continue hosting the MBC Impact Series in markets across the country. Over the near-term many of these events will be virtual events as Komen consults with local health officials to ensure the health and wellbeing of our metastatic community.
Will I still be able to participate in Komen Orange County’s MORE THAN PINK WALK?
Yes, we plan to continue hosting the MORE THAN PINK Walk™ this Fall on September 20, 2020, pending guidelines on mass gatherings. If you would like to register or learn more, please visit komenoc.org/walk.
If Komen national continues to fundraise, do those dollars stay local?
Komen National has always raised funds in every community for its nationwide mission program, and this will not change. By creating a centralized operation and fundraising for a unified mission program, Komen will have the flexibility to invest in solving most critical needs. Komen will also continue to honor donor intent and provide opportunities for people to expressly support women and men in their community through our helpline and treatment assistance programs.