Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Awards $600,000 in Community Grants to Improve Access to Local Breast Cancer Services
Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey (Komen CSNJ) announced the award of $600,000 in community grants to ten local nonprofits for fiscal year (FY) 2018. 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.
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 nearly 10,000 individuals, including patient navigation, breast health education, transportation and financial assistance, and screening mammograms to 950 individuals.
Grant recipients for this year’s grant cycle include:
- MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
The Camden County Cancer Screening Project provides breast cancer education, screening mammograms, transportation, and financial support for out-of-pocket costs to underserved women in Camden County, with a specific focus on undocumented or uninsured, Hispanic/Latina and Black women.
- AMI Foundation
The Mobile Screening Mammography Program provides breast cancer education, screening mammograms and follow-up tests to uninsured women in Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, & Salem Counties. Screening sites are coordinated through community partners at locations where transportation or financial issues are obstacles to care.
- CentraState Healthcare System
In partnership with the Community Affairs and Resource Center, the Latina Breast Health Project delivers breast cancer education, screening mammograms, and follow-up diagnostic services to underserved Hispanic/Latina women in Monmouth County. Transportation is provided to participants as needed.
- AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
The AtlantiCare Community Outreach Screening Mammography Program provides breast cancer education, screening and diagnostic mammograms, patient navigation, and transportation to high-risk women in Atlantic County. The program targets women facing financial, language, and transportation barriers to care.
- Shore Medical Center
Shore Medical Center provides screening mammograms and transportation to women in Atlantic County. The program aims to increase the number of women screened, specifically Black, low income and uninsured women. Community health workers are used to navigate participants to screening services.
- Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey
The Latina Breast Cancer Awareness Program is tailored to serve Hispanic/Latina women, ages 40–74, who are economically disadvantaged and reside in rural parts of Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties. The program provides outreach, education, transportation, and patient navigation services through bilingual staff.
The Asian Women’s Health and Wellness Project provides culturally sensitive outreach and education to Asian immigrant and refugee women, ages 40 and over, in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. The program organizes “screening days” to directly connect Asian women who are uninsured with local health care providers for free mammography screenings.
- Clark Family Breast Cancer Services, Inc.
The Neighborhood Outreach and Support Program provides breast health workshops and referrals for screening mammograms to women, ages 40 and over, in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties. The workshops are conducted by breast cancer survivors who offer participants personal breast cancer stories and testimonials at locations that are easily accessible. Transportation and financial assistance for out-of-pocket costs are provided to eligible participants as needed.
- Puerto Rican Unity for Progress
The Proyecto Salud Para Mujeres uses culturally and linguistically relevant outreach through breast health education workshops and home visits to Hispanic/Latina women, ages 40–49, living in Camden County. The program provides under- and uninsured women with free screening services as well as reminders, transportation and lay navigation to them successfully navigate barriers to care.
- Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May County
The Jewish Family Service Women’s Health Network provides outreach, education and navigation services to medically underserved women in Atlantic County, ages 40 and over. The program organizes mobile screening events to expand services to rural areas and utilizes wellness strategies to increase annual mammography compliance.
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 and the remaining 25 percent helps fund national breast cancer research. Since 2005, Komen Central and South Jersey has funded over $15 million to community projects.