Posted by: BPSOS | April 22, 2009

Tin Tức – News: BPSOS Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Ronald J. Harper, Esq., (left) vice president of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Tracy Nguyen, HAPP coordinator and Annie Saekang, development coordinator, Boat People SOS.

April 22, 2009: Boat People SOS was recently named a grantee of the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure The Komen Philadelphia Affiliate named 38 organizations that will be receiving grants for breast cancer outreach initiatives in 2009-2010. These grantees represent some of the finest healthcare, community, and family organizations from throughout the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate’s 13-county service area.

For the 2009-2010 grant period, the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate distributed $2,106,484 in grants to support breast health education, awareness, screening, treatment and support projects specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women. Boat People SOS’s branch in Pennsauken, NJ, received an education/support grant for their program Health Awareness Prevention Program – Camden (HAPP-Camden).

“We are grateful to The Komen Philadelphia Affiliate for supporting programs like these, dedicated to providing services that have benefited the health of many women,“ said Annie Saekang, development coordinator.

“There are many barriers to care for women diagnosed with breast cancer, including cost, insurance, lack of awareness, knowledge, and language,” added Tracy Nguyen, HAPP coordinator. “Through the Health Awareness Prevention Program (HAPP), BPSOS provides breast health education and refers uninsured Vietnamese women in Camden County to screenings. We firmly believe that through this program, we will reduce barriers to breast care and will increase survival. We thank Susan G. Komen for the Cure for supporting us as we serve Vietnamese women.”

“Boat People SOS and the other grantees represent the grassroots efforts that make Susan G. Komen for the Cure a leader in the international breast cancer movement,” said Elaine I. Grobman, executive director of the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Teams from these organizations are out in our communities every day bringing the cure—in the form of early detection, education, and other support services—to women most in need.”

The BPSOS program, Health Awareness Prevention Program – Camden (HAPP-Camden), promotes breast cancer education and screening among Vietnamese women in Camden County, New Jersey. Prevention through education and early detection through clinical breast exams and mammography can discover this silent killer before it becomes life-threatening. An alarmingly low number of Vietnamese women have had these screening tests on a regular basis.

The goal of HAPP-Camden is to educate Vietnamese women on the risks of breast cancer by educating them on the benefits of preventive screenings, and the availability of affordable screening services. The program will continue this project in Camden County, an area where the Vietnamese population is the second-fastest growing in the state of New Jersey. It will continue raising awareness through mass media and community events, use bilingual caseworkers to facilitate and navigate access to local health care providers, and work with BPSOS’ existing peer support group to assist with outreach. In addition, BPSOS will evaluate the project through survey interception, volume of media dispersion, and the number of women referred and screened.

The Philadelphia Affiliate

The Philadelphia Affiliate distributes grants to organizations that work with the medically underserved, including uninsured and underinsured individuals and those individuals who may not receive adequate care because of barriers such as language, cultural differences and fear. The outreach spans the Komen Philadelphia service area of: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE.

In total, the programs funded by Komen Philadelphia Affiliate grants are expected to accomplish the following:

Mammograms: 4,806

Referral mammograms: 5,214

Clinical breast exams: 3,910

Number of people educated: 15,290

Total number of people reached through outreach: 59,610

“We are confident that through each of our grantees working to fulfill the Komen promise to end breast cancer, we are building the bridges to the tens-of-thousands of women in need in our thirteen counties,” said Ashley Tobin, program director for the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. “There are many different barriers to breast health care and the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate is proud that, together with our grantees, we are breaking down those barriers and working to empower all women, regardless of race, financial ability, education or background.”

The grant money is a result of Komen Philadelphia Affiliate fund-raising efforts throughout 2008, the biggest contributor being the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.® Seventy-five percent of the total monies raised through the race stays in the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate’s 13-county service area to support education, screening and treatment initiatives—the grant recipients. The remaining funds go towards the Komen National Research Grant Program.

A complete list of 2009-2010 grantees and funded programs, as well as more information on the Komen Grant Program, and the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate can be obtained at, or by contacting the Affiliate office: 215.238.8900 (phone), 215.238.1419 (fax),

About Komen

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and those who generously support them with their talent, time and resources are part of more than 100,000 survivors and activists of Susan G. Komen for the Cure who are the face and voice of the global breast cancer movement.

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