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, 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
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020: Komen Orange County Breast Cancer Awareness Month Special on ABC7
    Tune in to ABC7’s LOCAL-ISH LA for a 30minute special on how Komen is making an impact in the fight against breast cancer in Southern California. Plus, learn more about how you can take action and make an impact in honor of health equity. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020: Virtual Breast Cancer and Fertility Panel
    Watch “Love Always, Mom” on Amazon Prime to learn about one family’s journey with breast cancer and trying to have a baby. Then, join us for a virtual panel with the filmmakers, fertility experts, and oncologists to discuss how a breast cancer impacts fertility. Connect on Facebook.

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



Check out this REAL PINK Podcast Episode featuring Chaunté Lowe–an American high jumper and a four-time Olympian. She holds the American record in the women’s high jump in both outdoor and indoor categories. She is a mom of three, and an advocate for knowing your body.

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