Susan G. Komen® African American Breast Health Care Initiative

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.  African American women’s mortality rates are 41 percent higher than their caucasian counterparts. The same research indicates that African American women are often diagnosed at later stages, sometimes with more aggressive forms of cancer and at younger ages. This alarming trend is the result of compounding social, cultural, financial and geographic barriers.

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

Outreach Events

Juneteenth at Anaheim Packing House – June 19, 2019

Once again, Komen OC  partnered with the Anaheim Packing House, OC Heritage Council and Georgia’s Soul Food Restaurant to host a Juneteenth event sharing breast health information, entertainment and education.

This year we received 2 proclamations recognizing the Juneteenth Celebration; one from the O. C Board of Supervisors and one from Sharon Quirk-Silva, California State Assemblymember, 65th District.

This celebration of African American food, faith, family, and freedom is a fun way to bring awareness to breast cancer disparities and recognize this piece of American history!



Circle of Promise Day – August 1

This Social Media Event helps 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).

A Legacy of Health Tea – Sunday, August 18 | 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Oak Creek Golf Course, One Golf Club Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

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Once again the Circle of Promise is hosting an afternoon tea with a special educational presentation by Dr. Veronica Jones, M.D. from City of Hope in Duarte.  Dr. Jones is a young African-American breast surgeon and a fantastic speaker.  CLICK HERE to read her BIO This is a fun fellowship for women of all ages.  Get your hats ready, mark your calendar and plan to join us once again for this wonderful event.  For additional information, contact LarLeslie McDaniel at (714) 957-9163.

In My Own Voice – August 7-8, 2019

Susan G. Komen is hosting a focus group event called In My Own Voice (IMOV), for African -American women living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) on August 7-8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California at the Embassy Suites LAX.  This intimate gathering will share information about the latest advances in scientific research and clinical treatment specific to MBC with participants and engage participants in conversations to gain insight into their unique needs, barriers they face, and possible solutions to inform Komen’s efforts to address disparities in racial and ethnic breast cancer outcomes.

If you are an African-American woman living with MBC in the Western US and are interested in attending, please see the following application link.

Praise in Pink – October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

“Praise in Pink” is a collaboration between Susan G. Komen® and faith based and civic organizations in Orange County to inform and activate the community to help improve breast cancer outcomes in African Am

erican women.  Each organization determines their level of participation.

If you or your organization would like to plan a Breast Health Awareness event, please contact LarLeslie McDaniel at (714) 957-9157 ext. 29.

Join the Circle of Promise

Make the Pledge TODAY!  If you will help us spread the word and be proactive about your breast health and raising awareness about breast cancer in the community, please CLICK HERE and simply say, “I AM TAKING THE PLEDGE.” Promise to engage at least 10 women in your circle.  Make an impact. Early Detection SAVES LIVES!

Community Outreach

  • If you or someone you know in Orange County is uninsured or underinsured and in need of mammography screening and other resources, OR
  • If you require additional information about the Circle of Promise, community outreach participation, and events, please contact:

LarLeslie McDaniel
Community Resource Advocate
Susan G. Komen® Orange County
(714) 957-9157 ext. 29