Komen Central and South Jersey Grants $900K to 17 Community Programs

The Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate has raised more than $17 million to support local breast health programs and global research.

Komen Central and South Jersey has announced it has recently granted $900,000 to fund seventeen community programs that will provide thousands of women and men with access to life-saving breast health education and screening through March of next year. Spread throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area, the programs will reach over 19,000 individuals with breast health education and will provide mammography screening to over 6,000. In addition to providing mammography screening, programs provide patient navigation services, transportation assistance, and/ funding for additional out‐of-pocket expenses, such as ultrasounds and biopsies.

The programs primarily target low-income, uninsured individuals who do not have access to vital health care services. The goal is to connect patients with services throughout the entire continuum of breast cancer care. Many programs target minorities in addition to other unique populations including migrant outreach workers, those with mental illness, and those who are traditionally difficult to motivate to obtain routine medical care. Through the Community Grants program, the Affiliate aims to fund the strongest programs that have potential for achieving the biggest impact by delivering the best outcomes in the most cost-effective manner possible.

“Komen Central and South Jersey’s community grants help provide a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to the most vulnerable populations in our state,” said Jessica Morton, Mission Director of Komen Central and South Jersey. “The need is great in our community and we are thrilled to partner with our community grant programs to help provide vital breast health services to those most in need.”

The funds that support the Community Grants program are raised through the efforts of community supporters throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area participating in Komen’s annual special events and fundraisers, like the Race for the Cure®. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays in Central and South Jersey to fund local breast health programs and the remaining 25 percent helps fund international breast cancer research.

The following programs were selected for Komen Central and South Jersey’s 2015-16 Community Grants cycle by an independent volunteer grant review panel made up of public health experts, nonprofit leaders, and breast cancer survivors:

2015-2016 Komen Grant Recipients

  • AMI Foundation
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Boat People SOS, Inc.
  • Cape Regional Medical Center
  • Clark Family Breast Cancer Services, Inc.
  • Community Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
  • Lakewood Resource and Referral Center/CHEMED
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
  • Monmouth Medical Center
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Princeton Healthcare System
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Somerset Health Care Foundation
  • Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.
  • Virtua

For more details about Komen Central and South Jersey’s grant recipients, click HERE.