Our Community Need
Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi conducts a needs assessment to guide our priorities and work more effectively within the community. The needs assessment includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer statistics that highlight target areas, groups or issues. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi then uses the needs assessment to make informed decisions on how the Affiliate can use its resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in the area through the awarding of local grants for education, screening and treatment programs. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.
Every four years, a community needs assessment is revised to reflect changes in the community, allowing the Affiliate to identify any gaps in the health system and to work toward filling them. Analysis of Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi’s service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed product is an assessment of the state of breast health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.
Since 2018, the Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi Affiliate service area has encompassed 14 counties in West Tennessee and the entire state of Mississippi. The Affiliate expanded its service into 16 counties in North Mississippi in 2017 and merged with the Central Mississippi Affiliate in March 2018 to create the current service area. The profiles for each of the three areas were compiled in 2015 when each area was an individual Affiliate and were done with the help of several key people involved in the health community ranging from private hospitals to metro and regional health departments
During this process, we developed a deep appreciation for the need for further ongoing collaboration to address breast health and specific needs within our community. We are working to reaffirm existing and develop new relationships with service providers, community organizations, and volunteers who are excited about further collaboration and committed to improving the breast health in our community. Knowledge gained during this process will also enable our Grants and Education Committees to ensure the most important issues remain a priority for our granting dollars and educational efforts.