Our Community Need

Komen East TN 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 East TN 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 screening and patient assistance 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 East TN’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.

This Community Profile was completed in the Summer of 2015. The two Community Profiles listed below will soon be compiled into one report for the 24-county Komen East Tennessee service area. The reports are listed separately for the formerly separate Knoxville and Tri-Cities service areas.

Komen East TN – Knoxville Area – 2015 Community Profile Report Final

Komen East TN – Tri-Cities Area – 2015 Community Profile Report Final

Funding Priorities

The 16-county Knoxville Region and 8-county Tri-Cities region will be separately funded in the FY18 grantmaking cycle. Priority will be given to programs that serve individuals from the following target communities:

  • In the Knoxville Region: Claiborne, Morgan, Roane, and Union Counties
  • In the Tri-Cities Region: Greene and Hawkins Counties

1. Screening/Diagnosis

Programs that provide access and reduce barriers to breast screening and diagnostic services for uninsured, underinsured and medically-underserved individuals in Komen East Tennessee’s 24-county service area.

2. Patient Assistance

Programs that reduce barriers to progressing through the continuum of care for breast cancer treatment including patient support services that meet basic needs and facilitate quality of life during breast cancer treatment (e.g.: financial assistance programs that provide for ancillary needs such as rent/mortgage, groceries, utilities, transportation/gas cards, etc.).

Learn more about applying for community grants.