Local programs receive funding

ALBANY – Programs in Montgomery and Hamilton counties are among those that will receive grants from the Northeastern New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Grant monies will be distributed from proceeds raised from the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York Race for the Cure and other local fundraising efforts, a news release said.

The programs receiving grants include:

In Montgomery County, $30,000 for “To Life! – Educational Outreach to Underrepresented Minorities,” the release said. The funds will help provide breast health workshops and individual outreach in the community, along with breast health mentors to work within existing community networks, especially directed towards African American and Hispanic women where the need is the greatest, the release said. Partnerships with Centro Civico in Amsterdam will help cross existing cultural barriers.

In Hamilton County, $9,928 will go to Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home for the transportation and education of Hamilton County women. The funds will help increase accessibility to clinical breast exams and mammography for women older than 40 in Hamilton County by increasing ease of access, providing transportation assistance and engaging in breast health educational programs, the release said.

The grants are part of nearly $200,000 in funding for organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer that was recently announced by the Northeastern New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

According to the release, the funding helps address breast cancer research and the unmet breast health needs of the area’s medically underserved population.