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

Recent OC Outreach Events


CELLS (Community Engaged in Learning Life Sciences)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Lecture – August 11, 2016

Kimberly Lacks (granddaughter), Alfred “Trey” Carter III (great-grandson), Rebecca Skloot (author), Alfred Carter, Jr. (grandson), LarLeslie McDaniel (Komen OC) and David Lacks (grandson)

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Circle of Promise Day 2016 – Dinner Event
Numerous members of the African American community joined together for a dinner Monday, August 1, 2016 in Fullerton, CA for Circle of Promise Day. The primary focus of the meeting, hosted by Komen OC, was to provide information on breast health disparities and risks associated with breast cancer in African American women and increase outreach and participation in the Circle of Promise. August 1 was chosen as Circle of Promise Day because it is the birthday of Henrietta Lacks. The event placed an emphasis on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line. After a video presentation with facts shared by author, Rebecca Skloot on Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells, information was shared by Komen OC staff on Komen (who we are and what we do), disparities and the Circle of Promise. Dr. Hang Dang, a surgical oncologist with Breastlink OC did a presentation and had a short time of Q&A to further engage attendees. Then lots of raffle prizes were handed out, including several copies of the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Lastly, there was an appeal for everyone to join the COP and tell others to also make the pledge to make their breast health a priority. There were approximately 100 attendees. Click here to see all the photos from COP Day







Newport Beach Jazz Festival
On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, Komen OC partnered with Omega Events and had the amazing opportunity to engage in COP outreach at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. This annual event takes place on the golf course of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach, CA and attracts thousands of attendees.

At the concert, we had the distinct privilege of meeting Grammy-award winning R&B artist, Stephanie Mills who took the “mammogram challenge” and also encouraged others to do so. In all, nbjf1over 350 people joined the Circle of Promise, took the “mammogram challenge” and expressed their intent to obtain a mammogram or reported that they have already had them. Our volunteer Breast Health Ambassadors did an amazing job of encouraging women to take charge of their lives, their breast health and be strong health advocates in their communities. Check out how great the day was…Newport Beach Jazz Festival 2016!



First Ladies Health Day
On Sunday, May 22 the 2nd Annual Orange County First Ladies Health Day took place at Christ Our Redeemer AME, Friendship Baptist, Johnson Chapel AME (with Brown Temple CME), and Second Baptist Church. Each event provided resources, screenings, and information on various health issues. flhd 1_CroppedEach congregation identified breast health Champions and had congregation members trained as Breast Health Ambassadors, who then provided education and resources at the event.

As a result, each church qualified for breast health funds to support their events. All of the churches are members of our African American Faith-Based Breast Health Network. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Breast Health Ambassadors and Champions. With your continued support, we will rewrite the story.


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The Partnership
The Partnership was established to encourage community members and organizations to work together to address the unmet breast health needs of local African American women. The Partnership’s mission is to decrease breast cancer mortality rates by increasing breast health awareness and mammography screening behavior.

Current Partners
The Partnership is currently comprised of key community leaders from local churches, businesses, and civic organizations, including: A Place for Worship Church, Black Professionals of Orange County, Boeing, Brown Temple C.M.E. Church, Christ our Redeemer Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Friendship Baptist Church, Johnson Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Church, New Spirit Baptist Church, NAACP, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Council of Negro Women, Orange County First Ladies’ Health Initiative, Orange County Heritage Council, Pink Pearls of Hope, Second Baptist Church, Starlight Baptist Church, WISE Place Women’s Shelter, and Word of Fire Tabernacle.

Click here if you would like additional information about the Partnership and its efforts.

If you are interested in holding a presentation or receiving breast health informational resources for an upcoming event, contact LarLeslie McDaniel at or (714) 957-9157, ext. 29.

Click here for local breast health resources
Click here for a list of our current grantees

For more information about the Circle of Promise and to sign up, click here