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Deaths were from minority-populations such as African American, Hispanic, and American Indian.


Nationally, African American women have a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women.

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More than one-third of local women who die from breast cancer are between ages 40-64.


31% of local women ages 40-64 could not afford health care due to poverty or lack of insurance


37% of local African American women were diagnosed after the disease had reached an advanced stage


Access Screenings

Develop innovative ways to reach this underserved population to access screenings early.


Identify Barriers

Identify and address the barriers that African American women face as it relates to their health


Connect to Churches

Ensure that the project/effort is embedded in the African American community by using churches as the anchor institution.


Leaders in Women’s Health continues to meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month (Breakfast Provided) from 7:30-9am at: Carol Milgard Breast Center, located at 4525 South 19th Street Tacoma, WA 98405. New members are always welcome; join us in this important fight!

Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. Additionally, African American women with breast cancer are more likely to die from it and at a younger age as compared to white women.

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Leaders in Women’s Health

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Jacquelyn Ostrom

CFRE MA | Executive Director, Carol Milgard Breast Center (253) 680-3621

Patricia Talton

President & CEO, Northwest Leadership Foundation (253) 272-0771 ext.106