The priorities of Komen Michigan are based on the findings of the Affiliate’s needs assessment of the service area found in the2015 Community Profile (currently in progress). All applicants must be familiar with the completed sections of the in-progress Komen Michigan 2015 Community Profile, including the 2015 Community Profile QDR Narrative as well as our 2015 Community Profile HSA Narrative., and should address the new gaps created in our community following enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Our current funding priorities cover the counties of:

  • Mid-Michigan: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw
  • Southwest Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren
  • West Michigan: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Montcalm, and Newaygo

Priority One: Screening Access. Increase access to breast cancer screening and diagnostics by reducing financial, individual, and other barriers to timely and complete access to the Continuum of Care. Priority populations include (in no particular order): low-income, uninsured and underinsured, African American, Hispanic/Latino, rural, high-risk women under 40 years old. Applications must address how the program will connect those who qualify to existing programs like Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Navigation Program and Healthy Michigan Plan.

Priority Two: Culturally Appropriate Education and Community Navigation. Support strong community education, outreach, and community navigation programs focused on dispelling myths, reducing fears, and providing support services related to breast cancer, including navigation and barrier-reduction programs (e.g. co-pays, deductibles, transportation, child care etc.) to connect clients to screening services. Priority populations include (in no particular order): African American, Hispanic/Latino, rural.

Priority Three: Survivorship Programs. Increase availability of programs serving survivors with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing, wellness programs, and lifestyle intervention strategies.