Our Community Need

We believe everyone in West Texas should have access to life-saving screenings and treatment. But unfortunately, that’s not the case today. In our communities, 72% of people live in medically under-served areas, 40% earn less than 250% of the poverty level, and 25% have no health insurance—which means they are not getting access to the care they need.

Every four years, the Affiliate 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, gaps in the health system, and voices of those living in the 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.

Komen West Texas then uses the 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.

Below are links to the most recent community profiles.

2015 Greater Amarillo Community Profile
2015 Lubbock Area Community Profile

Please note: Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider. We do not provide funds directly to individuals for screening or treatment, nor do we make referrals or determine who is eligible for screening and treatment.