Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant supports the One Minute Can Save Your Life initiative to provide men in the medically underserved minority community of New Brunswick, New Jersey, access to preventive screenings for prostate cancer. For men, prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and the second-leading cause of death. This year in New Jersey, 6,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 940 men will die from the disease. Research has documented that racially and ethnically diverse populations experience more barriers to care, lower quality of care and a disproportionate burden of illness from chronic diseases. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital created the Community Health Promotion Program (CHPP) to address health issues and improve access to care within New Brunswick's minority community. The One Minute Can Save Your Life program, developed by CHPP, is a three-night screening program during the third week of September. It promotes the free screenings, held after work hours at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), through community canvassing, street banners, news releases, public service announcements and fliers. If participants are without medical insurance, CHPP sends letters with test results and medical-resource information to their homes. Additionally, CHPP staff also provides assistance and translation services for those who require follow-up appointments. By offering this free, quick and simple screening, CHPP and CINJ can provide community residents with tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Amount Awarded $40,000.00
Awarded on: 9/2/2011
Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 10/31/2011
Grant Number: 69129