Komen CSNJ Awards $600,000 in Community Grants to Improve Access to Local Breast Cancer Services

Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey announced the award of $600,000 in community grants to ten local nonprofits for fiscal year (FY) 2017. These grants were made through the Affiliate’s Community Grants Program, which annually funds projects to help meet the most critical breast cancer needs in its 13-county service area.

“Our Community Grants Program plays an instrumental role in providing access to life-saving breast cancer services for residents of our service area,” said Suzanne Corson, executive director of Komen Central and South Jersey. “The need is great in our community with more than 3,000 individuals expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. We are thrilled to partner with local organizations that will help us reach and assist those who are most in need.”

The programs primarily target low-income, uninsured individuals who do not have access to vital health care services. Many programs target minority populations in addition to other hard-to-reach groups including migrant outreach workers, those with mental illness and those who are traditionally difficult to motivate to obtain routine medical care.

The grants awarded this year will provide support services to more than 18,000 individuals, including patient navigation, breast health education, transportation and financial assistance and screening mammograms to over 500 individuals.

Grant recipients for this year’s grant cycle include:

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center: The AtlantiCare Community Outreach Screening Mammography Program provides education, screening mammograms, diagnostic services and transportation assistance to uninsured and low-income women in Atlantic County.

Clark Family Breast Cancer Services, Inc.: The Neighborhood Outreach and Support Program provides breast health workshops, referrals for screening mammograms, transportation and financial assistance to women, ages 40 and over, in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties.

CompleteCare Health Network: The Pathways to Wellness Mammography Program provides education, care coordination for screening and diagnostic services and transportation assistance to uninsured patients, ages 40-74, in Cumberland, Gloucester and Cape May Counties.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties: The Jewish Family Service Women’s Health Network provides outreach, education, referrals for screening mammograms, and financial assistance to women, ages 40-74, in Atlantic County.

Cooper University Hospital: Camden County Cancer Screening Project is a New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program based out of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. The program provides outreach, education, screening mammograms, transportation services and financial assistance to uninsured women in Camden County.

Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey: The Latina Breast Cancer Awareness SNJ program serves uninsured, undocumented and low-income Hispanic women, ages 40-74, who reside in rural areas of Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cape May and Cumberland Counties. The program provides outreach, education, transportation assistance and patient navigation services to program participants.

Puerto Rican Unity for Progress: The Proyecto Salud para Mujeres program uses outreach, educational workshops and informal “living room” sessions to provide breast health education to Latina women, ages 40-49, in Camden County. Referrals for screening mammograms, translation services and transportation and childcare assistance are provided to program participants.

RWJBarnabas Health: RWJBarnabas Breast Health Program provides outreach, education, screening mammograms, diagnostic services, financial counseling, translation services and transportation assistance to underinsured women, ages 40 and over, in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties.

vietLEAD: The Vietnamese Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Project provides outreach, education and referrals to no- and low-cost screening mammograms for low-income Asian immigrant and refugee women, ages 40 and over, in Atlantic, Camden and Burlington Counties.

Virtua: The No Excuses: Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening program provides education, transportation assistance, translation services and screening mammograms through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program to uninsured women in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.

The funds that support the Affiliate’s grant programs are raised through the efforts of community supporters who participate in their annual special events and fundraisers, like the Central and South Jersey Race for the Cure®. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised through these events stays in Central and South Jersey to fund local breast health programs. The remaining 25 percent helps fund national breast cancer research. Since 2005, Komen Central and South Jersey has funded over $13 million to community projects.

“We are thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, supporting our efforts to invest in programs and research that will have the greatest impact on breast cancer,” said Corson. There is no way that we can make an impact against breast cancer without your help.”

Click here for more details about Komen Central and South Jersey’s community grant recipients or to get involved with Race for the Cure.