Statement of Need
Findings from the Komen Northeast Louisiana 2015 Community Profile Report revealed Lincoln Parish, the Mississippi River Region (East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes), and Morehouse Parish have the highest need within the Komen NELA service area. Findings from the Komen Northwest Louisiana 2015 Community Profile Report revealed that Bienville, Caddo, Claiborne, and Webster Parish have the highest needs within the Komen NWLA service area.
Bienville Parish has been chosen as a target community due to the parish’s aging population, low education levels, low socioeconomic status, identification as rural and medically underserved, high obesity and alcohol consumption levels, and age- adjusted breast cancer death rates and trends.
Caddo Parish (portions of rural specifically North Caddo) has been chosen as a target parish due to: 1.) the large percentage of Black and older female residents, 2.) the parish being one of the most populous of the Affiliate target communities, 3.) high poverty percentages, 4.) high uninsured percentages, 5.) high female obesity percentages
Claiborne Parish has been chosen as a target community due to a large percentage of Black female residents, an older population, low levels of educational attainment, high unemployment, high levels of uninsured, identification as rural and medically underserved, high female obesity percentages, as well as having extremely high breast cancer incidence trends and late stage trends. No data on death rates and trends is available due to the small number of reported cases in this parish.
Lincoln, The Mississippi River Region (East Carroll, Madison and Tensas), and Morehouse Parishes have high late-stage and death rates for breast cancer, especially in Black/African-American populations, in addition to being 100 percent medically underserved and having high poverty levels. Qualitative data indicates that education and access to services may assist in reducing breast cancer late-stage diagnosis and death rates.
Webster Parish has been chosen as a target community due primarily to low education levels, low income levels, high unemployment percentages, identification as rural, identification as medically underserved, having high female obesity percentages, having high trends in incidence rates of breast cancer, having high trends in late stage rates of breast cancer.
For an abbreviated version of each Affiliate’s Community Profile Report, please click below.