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Educational Materials and Messages
Susan G. Komen is a source of information about breast cancer for people all over the world. To reduce confusion and reinforce learning, we only fund projects that use educational messages and materials that are consistent with Komen messages, including our breast self-awareness messages - know your risk, get screened, know what is normal for you and make healthy lifestyle choices. The consistent and repeated use of the same messages can reduce confusion, improve retention and lead to the adoption of actions we believe are important for quality breast care. Please visit the following webpage before completing your application and be sure that your organization can agree to promote these messages:
Breast self-exam must not be taught or endorsed
According to studies, teaching breast self-exam (BSE) has not been shown to be effective at reducing mortality from breast cancer. Therefore, Komen will not fund education projects that teach or endorse monthly breast self-exams or use breast models. As an evidence-based organization, we do not promote activities that are not supported by scientific evidence or that pose a threat to Komen’s credibility as a reliable source of information on the topic of breast cancer.
Creation and Distribution of Educational Materials and Resources
Komen grantees are encouraged to use Komen-developed educational resources, including messages, materials, Toolkits or other online content during their grant period. This is to ensure that all breast cancer messaging associated with the Komen name or brand is current, safe, accurate, consistent and based on evidence. In addition, this practice will avoid expenses associated with the duplication of existing educational resources. Grantees can view, download and print all of Komen’s educational materials by visiting http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/KomenEducationalMaterials.html. If a grantee intends to use other supplemental materials, they should be consistent with Komen messages.
Komen materials should be used and displayed whenever possible.
If an organization wants to develop educational resources, they must discuss with Komen Minnesota prior to submitting an application and provide evidence of need for the resource.
Use of Komen’s Breast Cancer Education Toolkits for Black and African-American Communities and Hispanic/Latino Communities and Other Resources
Komen has developed breast cancer education toolkits for Black and African-American communities and Hispanic/Latino communities. They are designed for health educators and organizations to use to meet the needs of their communities. The Hispanic/Latino Toolkit is available in both English and Spanish. To access these Toolkits, please visit http://komentoolkits.org/. Komen has additional educational resources on komen.org, that may be used in community outreach and education projects. Check with Komen Minnesota for resources that may be used in programming.