African-American Health Equity Initiative: From Education to Impact

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



  • Saturday, August 1, 2020: Circle of Promise Day
    This day marks the 100th anniversary of what would have been Henrietta Lacks’ birthday. Henrietta’s cancer cells, originally obtained unbeknownst to her, has fueled vital breakthroughs in cancer research and drug development for decades. Learn more about Henrietta Lacks via MentalFloss.
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020: Komen Inland Empire’s Circle of Promise Day Virtual Celebration
    Featuring Dr. Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, Komen® Scholar and Dr. Sandra Finestone, Komen® Inland Empire Past Board President & Komen® Advocate in Science. Dr. Newman will discuss the science behind what makes African American women’s breast cancer different from other women. Register now.
  • Saturday, August 29, 2020: Breast Cancer Survivor Car Parade
    Join Komen Orange County at the District at Tustin in the morning for a celebration of survivorship. Decorate your car and drive through a special route with music, giveaways, and more. Must RSVP as space is limited. Learn more via
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020: Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk
    The MORE THAN PINK Walk is going virtual this year and it’s FREE to register. Form a team and #WalkWhereYouAreOC and fundraise for breast cancer research and resource development. Plus, enjoy special online programs for MORE THAN PINK Week. Get started at

If you or your organization would like to plan a Breast Health Awareness event, please contact LarLeslie McDaniel.


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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) 957-9163