Responsive to the need to address equitable health and well-being for low-income and other vulnerable populations.
Susan G. Komen Orange County (SGKOC) helps women and men, particularly those with little or no health insurance, receive breast health education, screening, treatment, and support. “Women who are low-income or did not have proper health insurance are dying of breast cancer at a disproportionate rate,” noted Megan Klink, SGKOC’s Vice President.
Pacific Premier Bank’s grant of a two-year, $200,000 commitment will support SGKOC’s Patient Navigation Initiative (PNI). PNI will provide curriculum-based navigation services to patients in an effort to improve the outcomes among underserved populations who are dying from breast cancer at disproportionately higher rates. PNI guides patients through a complex and confusing healthcare system and helps them overcome barriers to healthcare and health inequities.
“We were looking for systemic change in Orange County,” said Klink. “That’s really what this is about. As an official health equity partner of SGKOC, Pacific Premier Bank is willing to invest in something new that has evidence that it will work.”