UNION COUNTY—The North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded grant funding to three Union County programs to provide breast health services to medically underserved and uninsured populations. The organizations and their programs are:
Overlook Hospital Foundation’s Breast Health Services for African American and Latino Women provides a multifaceted breast outreach program for medically underserved minority women, including raising awareness, teaching of breast self-examination and screening guidelines, as well as clinical breast examination and referral for screening and diagnostic mammographies. Funding from Komen will also help the program provide supportive care for minority women under treatment for breast disease, which aims to reduce the stress of treatment through services in the form of yoga, meditation, guided imagery, and nutritional guidance. For further information: 908-522-2844.
Trinitas Hospital’s Made for Me Boutique is a bi-lingual program that has assisted hundreds of low-income women from northern New Jersey by providing them with free and low-cost wigs, prosthetic forms, mastectomy bras and lymphedema products. Komen funding will provide women who are unable to purchase “luxuries” such as wigs and lymphedema products with these items and thus providing them the support they need and deserve but can not afford. For further information: 908-994-8249.
Trinitas Hospital’s Breast Health Outreach Program is designed to improve the community’s breast cancer awareness and education levels while encouraging early screening and detection among women. The Outreach Program takes a comprehensive approach to breast health, holding each woman’s hand through the full circle of care. Komen funding bring these services directly into the community where underserved women live and work to alleviate transportation barriers and to provide a comfortable, peer-driven atmosphere that dispels the fear and embarrassment associated with proper breast healthcare. For further information: 908-994-8249.
Seventy-five percent of net funds raised by the Affiliate ($11.3 million since inception) stays within its service region for breast health education, screening, and treatment programs. The remaining twenty-five percent ($5.1 million since 1997) is directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program.
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