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Sweeney asiste a la Gala Anual de Premios de la Herencia Hispana de P.R.A.C

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Habla sobre el importante aporte de la comunidad Hispana en el estado

TRENTON – Durante la gala anual 46ª de Premios de la Herencia Hispana, organizada por el Comité de Acción de Puerto Rico del sur de Nueva Jersey (P.R.A.C., por sus siglas en inglés), el Presidente del Senado Steve Sweeney enfatizó la importancia de las contribuciones y el significativo papel que juega la comunidad hispana en el estado.

"Como uno de los estados más diversos del país, Nueva Jersey se ha beneficiado enormemente de las contribuciones de la comunidad Hispana", dijo el Senador Sweeney. "El Mes de la Herencia Hispana celebra y destaca los logros y las contribuciones de los Latinos que han ayudado a moldear nuestro estado y nuestra nación. Al marcar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana me complace honrar y reconocer los esfuerzos de los líderes Latinos en nuestra comunidad”.

"Por tanto, quiero agradecer a Ralph Padilla por su liderazgo en el importante trabajo que realiza el Comité de Acción de Puerto Rico en la comunidad", dijo Sweeney. "El arduo trabajo y la dedicación de Ralph han contribuido al éxito de una organización que viene ayudando a tantas personas en nuestra región. Todos estamos agradecidos por el trabajo que él y su equipo hacen todos los días para ayudar a los residentes del sur de Nueva Jersey”.

"Agradezco al Senador Sweeney por su incansable y continuo compromiso con la comunidad Latina en el sur de Nueva Jersey y en todo el estado", dijo Padilla, director ejecutivo de P.R.A.C. "Ya sea que esté luchando por los fondos de educación, la expansión de los programas preescolares o por los fondos para los más necesitados, el Senador Sweeney es un socio leal en nuestra comunidad y un campeón que habla por quienes no tienen voz. Espero continuar con nuestro esfuerzo para mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad Hispana y de todos los residentes del sur de Nueva Jersey”.

P.R.A.C. del sur de Nueva Jersey fue organizada en 1971 por un grupo de Trabajadores Agrícolas del Condado de Salem con el propósito de promover y mejorar las oportunidades sociales, económicas, culturales y educativas para la población Hispana. La organización ha desarrollado un Centro comunitario que sirve como punto clave para las actividades de la comunidad.


Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)
PRAC of Southern N.J.


Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness
PRAC of Southern NJ Latina Breast Cancer Awareness is specifically tailored to serve Hispanic women ages 50-74 that are economically disadvantaged, medically underserved and reside in areas of Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties.  
PRAC will utilize bilingual Spanish speaking staff to ensure cultural and linguistic competence in the delivery of outreach, education, transportation, and patient navigation services provided by PRAC.  PRAC will provide free transportation and translation for participants obtaining breast cancer health. PRAC will be collaborating with NJCEED sites in Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester County to make all initial screening referrals. 
Goal
PRAC’S goal will be to increase breast health awareness, increase attendance at educational sessions, increase access to breast health services through transportation, and increase breast screenings by Latinas ages 50-74, whom are economically disadvantaged and medically underserved across the counties. 
Salem and Cumberland counties are in particular need to improve breast health for women in the area due to high death rates, low screening rates, a low five-year survival rates.  The negative data trends in these counties for breast health are due to a range of factors which include, most residents live in rural and medically underserved areas; resident have lower education and income levels with Cumberland county being the poorest county in the service area, significantly higher unemployment, and high concentrations of Hispanic/Latina women. Breast cancer screening for women ages 50-74 is notably low and is significantly concerning due to high concentration of women 65 and older in Salem County in particular. Language barriers and rural areas with very limited access to healthcare facilities for breast cancer are major roadblocks to improving women’s breast health in these counties. Like Atlantic and Gloucester counties, access to health resources is confined to urban centers of both counties.  In many circumstances, residents must travel outside of these counties to certain levels of breast health services.
Ralph Padilla, C.E.O. of PRAC of Southern N.J. stated “we are excited to partner with Susan G. Komen to deliver services to the Hispanic community in Southern N.J. This joint effort will assist with breaking down barriers within the Hispanic community to address such an important health issue within our community.”
Incidence
In 2015, about 19,800 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed among Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S. 
Mortality
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic/Latina women.  In 2015, an estimated 2,800 Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S died from breast cancer.
Breast cancer screening
Screening mammography rates among Hispanic/Latina women are somewhat lower than rates among non-Hispanic white, African-American and Asian-American women.
Hispanic/Latina women tend to be diagnosed with later stage breast cancers than non-Hispanic white women. This may be due to lower mammography rates as well as delays in follow-up after an abnormal mammogram.
In 2016, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
61,000 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer.  Learn more about ⦁ DCIS and ⦁ LCIS.)
40,450 breast cancer deaths

Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey has announced it has recently granted $757,108 to fund ten community programs that will provide thousands of women and men with access to life-saving breast health education and screening through March of next year. Spread throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area, the programs will reach over 10,000 individuals with breast health education and will provide mammography screening to over 4,000. In addition to providing mammography screening, programs provide patient navigation services, transportation assistance, and/ funding for additional out‐of-pocket expenses, such as ultrasounds and biopsies.
The programs primarily target low-income, uninsured individuals who do not have access to vital health care services. The goal is to connect patients with services throughout the entire continuum of breast cancer care. Many programs target minorities in addition to other unique populations including migrant outreach workers, those with mental illness, and those who are traditionally difficult to motivate to obtain routine medical care. Through the Community Grants program, the Affiliate aims to fund the strongest programs that have potential for achieving the biggest impact by delivering the best outcomes in the most cost-effective manner possible.
“Komen Central and South Jersey’s community grants help provide a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to the most vulnerable populations in our state,” said Sally Sheperdson, Executive Director of Komen Central and South Jersey. “The need is great in our community and we are thrilled to partner with our community grant programs to help provide vital breast health services to those most in need.”
The funds that support the Community Grants program are raised through the efforts of community supporters throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area participating in Komen’s annual special events and fundraisers, like the Race for the Cure®. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays in Central and South Jersey to fund local breast health programs and the remaining 25 percent helps fund international breast cancer research.
The following programs were selected for Komen Central and South Jersey’s 2016-17 Community Grants cycle by an independent volunteer grant review panel made up of public health experts, nonprofit leaders, and breast cancer survivors:
 2016-2017 Komen Grant Recipients
AMI Foundation
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Clark Family Breast Cancer Services, Inc.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Meridian Health System
Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey
Puerto Rican Unity for Progress
VietLEAD
Virtua
For more details about Komen Central and South Jersey’s grant recipients visit www.komencsnj.org or call 609-896-1201.
Breast Cancer Awareness Press Conference & Interview Opportunities:
We will have a kick off photo on Friday July 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Which will be held at WMIZ 1270 located 632 Maurice River Parkway Vineland, N.J.
We have joined together to bring awareness on breast cancer and the importance of mammograms. The mammogram van will be at the Puerto Rican Festival at Landis Park in the City of Vineland on July 25 and July 29 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For staff interview at the sight please contact 856-982-6004.