SOMERVILLE, NJ - The North Jersey affiliate of Susan G. Koment has awarded the Somerset Health Foundation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset a grant for a community outreach program that conducts breast cancer screenings.

iSenos Sanos (Healthy Breasts) is one of eight local community non-profit organizations awarded grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year by Komen North Jersey, based in Summit.

Komen supports grants for innovative programs in screening/diagnostic services, breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support and survivorship programs, targeting services not otherwise available to underserved women and men in their nine-county service area.

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Senos Sanos addresses an identified need for breast health education among Latino women, who have a high risk for breast cancer and a disproportionately low screening rate due to lack of insurance coverage and access to care.

A Breast Health Educator conducts community outreach at local health fairs and events specifically targeted at Latino women, and conducts group education sessions, in Spanish, at local community churches and facilities on the risk factors for breast cancer and the importance of annual mammograms.

Other organizations selected to receive grant money for the 2016-2017 fiscal year include Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (all counties), Cancer Care in Ridgewood, Hoboken Family Planning, Morristown Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County, Inc. in Newton, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.

“We are very proud that Komen North Jersey is able to fund so many important programs that are helping the women and men in our community who need us most," said Tina Jacobs, the affiliate’s Director of Community Outreach.

“We’re in the business of saving lives, and it’s all about early detection—when breast cancer is found in its earliest stage, it is the most treatable, and there’s the best chance for long-term survival," she added. "Until a cure is found, we’ll be here, working hard to raise funds so that we can support as many of these community programs as we possibly can.”

Jacobs also noted that the affiliate increased its funding to local programs by 40 percent this year, and also directed more than $200,000 to National Research Programs in search of new and better treatment options and, ultimately, the cures for breast cancer.

In order to ensure it is funding programs address the specific unmet breast cancer needs of the North Jersey community, Komen North Jersey works with local health care professionals and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment every five years. Tthe last assessment was completed in 2015.

The Komen North Jersey affiliate is one of 100 Komen affiliates nationwide that have committed to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.

Through Komen’s signature Race for the Cure® and other local events and activities, the affiliates mobilize and educate thousands of community members while raising funds to support community-based breast cancer programs.

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen has funded more than $889 million in research, and more than $1.95 billion in medical care, community and provider education, and psychosocial support.

The Komen North Jersey affiliate provides screening/diagnostic services, breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support, and survivorship programs for underserved women and men in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $16 million in local community grants, and has directed $7 million to national research programs.

For more information on Komen North Jersey visit www.komennorthjersey.org.