Komen Columbus Breast Health Summit

Healthcare and Community Leaders Join Together to Fight Breast Cancer in our Community

Did You Know? African American women have a lower incidence of breast cancer than white women, yet they are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. To address this disparity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with the generous support of  The KeyBank Foundation through a $1 million grant, are joining together to reach minority women with an innovative breast health program drawing on the power and dedication of our community.

We invite you to be part of the solution on Thursday, August 2 at the Embassy Suites near the Columbus International Airport for the Komen Community Health Advisor Summit & Training Program.

WBNS 10TV Anchor/Reporter and breast cancer survivor Tracy Townsend will emcee the event, which will bring together community and civic leaders with influential healthcare leaders.

The event schedule is as follows:
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.- 7:45 a.m.
Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Summit: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Community Health Advisor Training: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Attendees of the Summit will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with a panel of leaders from the major hospital systems in Columbus and to discuss barriers to breast care for women who are medically undeserved in our community. The panelists will highlight their work in underserved communities and discuss programs, services and resources available at their organizations to African American women, and other women of color.

The featured panelists include:

Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, MD, MPH- Assistant Health Commissioner, Medical Director, Columbus Public Health



Dodie Fankhauser, RN, MS– Oncology Service Line Administrator, Mt. Carmel Health System



William J. Hicks, MD– Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Divisions of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Co-Director Diversity Enhancement Program, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute


Steve Garlock, MBA– Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, OhioHealth

The second half of the program is geared towards those community and civic leaders who have graciously volunteered to be trained as a Community Health Advisor (CHA). The CHAs will be armed with breast health education messaging, as well as information about the health care resources that are available in the community.

Once trained, the CHAs will be dispatched to their communities in which they live and work. Their target population is their current circle of influence: faith-based organizations, schools, their neighborhoods, community programs, etc. While the CHAs may come from different backgrounds and different parts of the city, they all have the passion and desire to empower and educate  in common.

“Our goal and vision is to end breast cancer forever and this generous grant  from the KeyBank Foundation will take us one step closer to reaching those underserved and uninsured  in our community,” said Katie Carter, executive director of the Komen Columbus Affiliate, “We are excited to participate in this program to empower and educate women and men about preventative care and available resources.”

If you are interested in attending the summit or becoming a CHA, please email outreach@komencolumbus.org or call Julie Dean, Director of Mission at 614-297-8155 ext. 204.

Click here to learn more about the partnership between the KeyBank Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.