The Connecticut Department of Public Health has given Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center a five-year grant of $881,000.
The grant will support the Connecticut Integrated Health Screening Program in Bridgeport, a low income community with high rates of breast and other cancers. The Connecticut Integrated Health Screening Program will deliver integrated early detection health screening services to the uninsured and underinsured, including breast and cervical cancer screening for women rarely or never screened, and colorectal cancer screening for women and men. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of deaths associated with breast, cervical and colorectal cancer through early detection screening, re-screening services, and education activities.
Early detection allows for the initiation of treatment at earlier stages, when survival rates are significantly higher.
The program is a joint effort of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, Bridgeport Hospital and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
As part of the grant, a Cancer Community Advisory Council has been created with a mission to establish community-wide partnerships that will enhance the coordinated approach required to provide and sustain services to CIHSP participants and to support CIHSP participants and their families in adopting and sustaining healthy lifestyles in their communities.