In the Pink Community Oncology Screening Program
By the Numbers
Purpose of In the Pink
In The Pink Cancer Screening Program was established to identify barriers that prevents screening of breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers. Through early detection the program seeks to reduce the burden of cancer for women and men.
About the In the Pink Program
The In the Pink Cancer Screening and Early Detection Program is a Newark-based program serving ethnic minority, disadvantage female residents (i.e., African America/Latino) living in or near Essex County. Activities support increasing early detection of cancer. Women and men get access to breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer screenings (respectively), case management, subsidized mammograms, diagnostic imaging and biopsies. A full continuum of care is provided in partnership with the Saint Michael’s Cancer Center and the Connie Dwyer Breast Center.
In the Pink:
- Provides education, community outreach and hospital in reach, access to free or low cost screenings and treatment for women and men who meets the eligibility criteria.
- Promotes healthy behavior to the medically underserved population in the Essex County.
- Provides free screening and follow-up services to uninsured and underinsured men and women.
- Increases the proportion of age-appropriate men and women who are screened for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer by:
- Providing free screening and follow-up services to uninsured and underinsured men and women.
- Outreaching out to engage high-risk men and women for screening services.
- Educating the public about the importance of cancer screening and early detection.
Breast cancer screenings are done two days weekly. We collaborate with Saint Michael’s Medical Clinics and the Peter Ho Memorial clinic, Newark Family Health Center, East Orange Primary Care (FQHC) to expand our services to their clients who qualify. We will continued to seek and new forge partnerships with Homeless, Women Half Way Houses, Family Success Centers, Catholic Charities, food pantries and soup kitchens in the Essex, Newark area.
All women who are eligible for a mammogram and diagnostic breast imagining are sent to the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at SMMC. We screened greater than 750 women in the 1st half of 2015 off which, 400 are women ages between 50-64, and greater than 350 are women less than 50 years of age who received a mammogram for the first time.
Through our partnership with the Women’s Health Outreach, Save Latin America, Goals for Life, Local FQHC and referrals from the local Planned Parenthood we recruited, educated and screened women ages 40 and younger for breast cancer.
Our target population is focused geographically on the Greater Essex County-Newark area, and specifically on the population that frequent Saint Michaels Medical Center. Our goal is to use the best practices outreaching strategies to recruit and prevent cancer through screening and rescreening of minority, medically under-served with no insurance. We focus on providing screening to men and women who never or are rarely screened and to make Saint Michaels Medical Center their medical home.
- Image Enhancement Products
- Mobile Unit-”Reach the Hard to Reach”
- Breast Prostheses
- Mastectomy Bra
- Support Groups & Cancer Products
- Look Good Feel Better (through the American Cancer Society)
Supported by grants from New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED), Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (AvonBHOP) and Goals for Life.
In The Pink has:
- Served over 65,000 women
- Served over 5,000 men
- Provided more than 20,000 screening tests
- Arranged for or provided coverage for more than 10,000 diagnostic procedures for women with abnormal screening results and over 100 screening tests for men
- Served as a community health service partner to recruit underserved women for screening, diagnosis and treatment through outreaching
- Developed and implemented innovative strategies to overcome barriers to screening
- Developed partnerships with key stakeholders to promote breast and cervical cancer screening
- Provided access to care for more than 160 women and 20 men with cancer