Breast Cancer Community Partnership

The breast cancer community partnership strives to:

  • Develop strategies to eliminate disparities in breast cancer, from prevention through survivorship
  • Support initiatives to improve access for uninsured and underinsured women seeking breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment services.
  • Continue to advocate for the elimination of breast cancer disparities through representation on state and local advisory boards and by raising awareness of breast cancer disparities in collaboration with institutional and community partners.

    PECaD and Siteman representatives actively participate on several local boards and committees and with organizations that are dedicated to improving breast cancer care in St. Louis, including Show Me Healthy Women, the Missouri Cancer Consortium, the Missouri Cancer Registry, the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Missouri Office of Minority Health.

  • Identify, establish, and maintain community partnerships with the intent to build on current levels of trust, understand the needs and perspective of the community, and facilitate collaborations that will positively affect regional disparities in breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

    For example, PECaD staff members have developed a relationship with communities in the Missouri Bootheel and with partners conducted a breast cancer care community needs assessment. We are building on these efforts by working with partners to develop strategies to address needs that were identified.

  • Work with community stakeholders to develop quality-improvement and research projects that aim to understand breast cancer disparities and improve outcomes regionally and locally.
  • In collaboration with PECaD’s training program, engage faculty, staff and community members in understanding and applying community-based participatory research approaches to eliminating breast cancer disparities.

For more information about the partnership and specific projects, contact Monique Norfolk, MPH, at