Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey uses the 2015 Community Profile to guide how we can best use our resources to fill the identified gaps and improve our communities’ breast health. The report identifies key priorities (details below) that the Affiliate adopts to provide the framework for annual operating goals and mission activities, including our community grants program.
Drawing from the Community Profile, Komen Central and South Jersey has identified the following funding priorities:
While Komen Central and South Jersey accepts grant proposals from non-profit organizations throughout our service area, priority is given to applicants from counties that are disproportionately affected by breast cancer, as established in our 2015 Community Profile Report. These counties include:
- Atlantic County
- Burlington County
- Camden County
- Cumberland County
- Gloucester County
- Monmouth County
- Salem County
Programs must address a minimum of one of the Affiliate’s mission priorities outlined below, as identified in the 2015 Community Profile, to be considered for funding:
- Address the lack of awareness about and existence of clear, consistent, accurate, and complete breast health and breast cancer information and existing community resources.
- Meet the unique needs of minorities and other at-risk populations and decrease barriers to care by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate educational programs.
- Develop collaborative solutions for increasing access to providers at all phases of the Continuum of Care.
- Enhance provider and patient communication as it relates to linguistic challenges as well as the importance of connecting with a primary care home as a regular source of care.
- Address the awareness about and availability of transportation to screening, diagnostic, and treatment services.
- Provide support for services beyond screening, including diagnostics and out-of-pocket costs (e.g. co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, and premiums) for un- and under-insured, working poor populations in order to decrease disparities in care.
- Support financial navigation for those needing financial assistance in order to decrease barriers to care in un- and under-insured populations.
- Support free mammography screenings to decrease barriers to care and improve health outcomes through early detection.
- Provide support for special vulnerable populations identified as experiencing extensive barriers to care, including financial difficulties.
Additional Programmatic Priorities:
Priority is also given to programs that include the following items outlined below, as identified in the Mission Action Plan of the 2015 Community Profile:
- Patient navigators that are dedicated solely to providing breast cancer navigation.
- Innovative and collaborative approaches that mobilize existing resources to comprehensively address transportation issues.
- Innovative and evidence-based outreach that improves access, decreases financial barriers, and enhances outreach efforts in/for:
- Black populations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, and Gloucester Counties.
- Hispanic/Latina populations in Camden, Cumberland, and Monmouth Counties.
- Undocumented populations in Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
- The 65+ population in Gloucester County.
- Casino workers impacted by recent casino closings in Atlantic City (Atlantic County).
- Uninsured populations in Gloucester, Camden, Cumberland, Salem, and Monmouth Counties.
- Underinsured, working poor populations in need of support for services beyond screening.