Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. to Attend Susan G. Komen North Jersey Breast Health Educational Program at Hudson County Community College

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. to Attend Susan G. Komen North Jersey  Breast Health Educational Program at Hudson County Community College

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. to Attend Susan G. Komen North Jersey

Breast Health Educational Program at Hudson County Community College

September 28, 2015 – Jersey City, NJ – For some, breast cancer can be an “everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask” kind of topic. For others, language, economic or cultural barriers may prevent critical breast health information—call it awareness—from getting through. That’s why Susan G. Komen North Jersey is presenting a series of free bi-lingual (English and Spanish) Breast Health Education Programs intended to break through the barriers and connect with those populations that are often the hardest to reach.

The upcoming event on Saturday, October 10th, fittingly entitled “Breast Cancer: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask,” will be held at the Culinary Conference Center, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Keynote speakers will be breast surgeons Julie DiGioia, MD (English) and Juan Gonzalez, MD (Spanish). The program will consist of three sessions: Prevention, Early Detection, and a panel discussion of Treatment Options led by esteemed members of the medical community.

“Events like these educate and inform our communities about the importance of preventing and managing breast cancer,” says Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. (10th Congressional District), who will be at the Jersey City event to welcome attendees. “Breast cancer directly affects millions of American women and men—and is especially prevalent among Latinos and African American women. I encourage residents to take advantage of educational health programs, because being proactive about your health is one of the best ways to live a longer, healthier, and more productive life.”

Every four years, Komen North Jersey conducts an in-depth Community Profile to investigate the health needs that exist in its 9-county service area. This comprehensive process includes working with local medical experts and community leaders to study community needs assessments; the results are used to determine specifically, how resources are invested in order to make the greatest impact in those communities with the greatest need.

The bi-lingual Breast Health Educational Program is funded by a grant received by Komen North Jersey from Walgreen’s; there are five such programs scheduled in various New Jersey locations.

“We are looking to educate women about the importance of yearly screening, their risk factors, and the truths and myths about breast cancer,” says Tina Jacobs, the Affiliate’s Director of Community Health. “We want to empower them to take charge of their own breast health. Our goal is to get them to sign up for screenings right now, real-time, while they are here with us at the program.”

The North Jersey Affiliate is partnering with seven other organizations for the Hudson County presentation including Palisades Medical Center, Metropolitan FamilyHeath Network, Barnabas Health/Jersey City Medical Center, HFP, Hudson County Community College, Horizon Health Center and CarePoint Health. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required by October 7th to Vivian Rohrsetzerat, 201-915-2000, ext. 4855, vrohrsetzer@libertyhcs.org.