Angie Morales: Outreach and Education Coordinator
Angie Morales took the position of Susan G. Komen® Michigan’s Outreach and Education Coordinator less than a year ago, but she has already made a significant impact in communities across the West and Southwest service areas. Komen Michigan created her position in order to implement and grow programs that reach out to underserved populations. Morales’ focus is on addressing disparities in breast health resources within at-risk populations, including Hispanics, Latinos and African Americans.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic and Latina women and one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in African American women. However, there are still not enough resources to support that need. To combat this, Morales is continually working on educating these groups about their risks and looking for prospective partners in area health care providers, schools, churches, government agencies and other organizations.
By establishing these relationships, numerous opportunities for awareness and support have been created. An example of this is Pink in the Pews, which Morales now leads; having developed a strong partnership with the local faith-based community, Morales is providing resources to churches to help them educate their congregations about breast cancer. Whether it’s passing out pink ribbons or having members of the church speak about their experience with the disease, the program has worked to provide important breast health information to groups that may not otherwise have access to it. However, Pink in the Pews is just one example of the work Morales and Komen are doing to reach out to at-risk communities. To learn more about Komen in the Community, click here.