Stand for H.E.R. (Health Equity Revolution) updates

Oct 11, 2021 | Community

Stand for H.E.R. (Health Equity Revolution).  Our purpose remains to address the disparities in late-stage diagnoses and mortality rates between Black and white women in the 10 cities in the U.S. where the disparities are greatest. The team has been working diligently to move the initiative forward.

Closing the Gap Study. To provide an integral analysis of the breast health and breast cancer landscape in each of the 10 metropolitan areas we serve, quantitative and qualitative were collected and analyzed. There were 96 metrics addressed in each metro area, producing over 1,200 pages of reports. A total of 700 community members engaged in the process, including medical providers and community members. The reports will inform interventions that are tailored to each metro area to achieve health equity.

Quality Improvement. Komen has partnered with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), a structured quality improvement program for health care providers at clinical sites in targeted cities. Stand for H.E.R. has a cohort of clinical practices that have chosen a project that allows them to solve a quality problem targeting Black patients in their clinical setting with guidance from experienced coaches and faculty. The cohort includes:

  • Bon Secours DePaul Radiation Oncology—Norfolk, VA
  • Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University—Atlanta, GA
  • Howard University Cancer Center—Washington, D.C.
  • Loyola University Medical Center, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center—Chicago, IL
  • Parkland Health and Hospital System—Dallas, Texas
  • University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center—Baltimore, MD
  • University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center—Los Angeles, CA
  • West Cancer Center & Research Institute—Memphis, TN

Patient Navigation. Two Stand for H.E.R. patient navigator managers and one patient navigator have been hired in three of the 10 metro areas. An online training was developed for patient navigators on the core competencies of patient navigation, breast cancer 101 and skills and strategies to assist Black patients in effectively navigating barriers to accessing health services caused by systemic racism. Our first cohort completed the training in August. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or joining our next cohort, please contact

Genetic Counseling and Testing. We are working with genetic counseling and testing advisors to better understand existing barriers that create inequities for Black families and strategies to address them. Culturally responsive educational resources will be created that target the Black community in each metro area.