The Southern Nevada Affiliate conducts a biennial community needs assessment that helps guide our work and establishes goals for granting priorities, education needs, public policy efforts, and strategic operations. This Community Profile identifies service gaps, barriers, and community needs and ensures that our local investments will be effective and impactful.
As economic conditions have declined in recent years, Nevada residents have been disproportionately affected by some of the highest rates in the nation for unemployment, housing foreclosures, state deficits, and decreased tourism and spending. As a result, Komen Southern Nevada has witnessed an increase in hardship from those who have lost jobs, homes, transportation, and health insurance. In fact, one in five Nevadan women age 19-64 is uninsured. We have experienced an increase in calls for breast cancer screening and treatment services from the uninsured and an increase in requests for financial assistance with medical bills and living expenses from breast cancer patients and survivors. Please download our Community Profile Report for more information.
The Southern Nevada Affiliate funded more than $750,000 in community grants in 2013. These grants will provide screening and diagnostic exams to uninsured women, financial and psychosocial services, and a variety of educational outreach efforts. The Affiliate will continue to invest in breast cancer screening, diagnostic services, life-saving treatment and support programs for the uninsured and underserved in our six county service area in 2014.