KCHA – Komen Community Health Advisors (K-CHA) grant build upon the DSN infrastructure through the utilization of a Community Health Advisors model as a means to provide breast cancer education by for recruitment, training and maintenance of grass roots African Americans to serve as Komen Community Health Advisors (K-CHAs). Particular emphasis is placed upon the maintenance of these K-CHAs for retention and sustainability. This grant takes place in 5 of the DSN Alabama counties in the North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen : urban Jefferson County, Black Counties: Greene, Hale, Sumter, and Perry.
The K-CHA program has been funded by Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Affiliate for over 4 years with funding ranging from $34,000 – $60,000 annually. The KCHA program provides additional capacity-building of the CHARPs in these areas through Mini Institutes and Monthly Maintenance supports. In addition, the grants provide culturally tailored, targeted programs for African Americans through community-based educational programs that target faith-based organizations with programs like “Pink Sundays”. This grant also provides some transportation assistance for to get breast cancer screening and treatments services from health care facilities.
Dietary Intake Project (DIP)
The purpose of the DIP is to learn more about the social and cultural factors that influence dietary behavior among Black women in the Deep South. Approximately 350 women living in Alabama and Mississippi were involved in the study. They were asked to take part in two individual assessment meetings six months apart. During the meeting, they were asked to complete surveys about their attitudes about eating, dietary behaviors, culture, and health status. In addition, their measurements to include height and weight were taken. Each participant received a phone call around the time of each individual assessment asking them to report the foods they ate the day before the call.
Minority Bio-Specimen/Bio-Banking Geographic Management Program (BMAP)
The aims of the pilot project is to unite CHD researchers, communities, and organizations through enhanced collaboration, cooperation, and capacity building to advance CHD bio-specimen research and training, as well as to gain insights to adapt region-based research and training strategies to enhance inclusion of underrepresented groups in specimen collection.