“Crucial Catch Day” Draws Huge Crowd in Asbury Park for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ASBURY PARK, New Jersey (November 7, 2018) – Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey Community Health Center of Asbury Park (VNACJ CHC) provided breast and colorectal cancer screenings for 32 women on October 30 as part of “Crucial Catch Day,” a grant-funded event sponsored in part by the National Football League and the American Cancer Society.

The community event drew a crowd of nearly 160 individuals, including many families and community officials. Thirty one vendors spanning from insurance to healthy food stores provided free giveaways and education information to those who attended.

Crucial Catch Day aims to raise awareness about breast and colorectal cancer and encourages individuals to get their annual screenings. The VNACJ CHC provided breast examinations to 32 women and 25 were directly transported to Jersey Shore Imaging to complete their mammograms. In addition, 27 women received Faecal Occult Blood Test Kits (FOBT) as a follow up to their colorectal cancer screening.

“The American Cancer Society in partnership with the National Football League has awarded a $75,000 Crucial Catch – Intercept Cancer grant to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey,” said Jennifer Okwuonu, Health Systems Manager at The American Cancer Society. “This grant initiative is aimed at increasing cancer prevention and early detection activities and improving cancer outcomes through education, outreach, navigation, and access to cancer screenings within the Visiting Nurse Association Health Centers in Asbury Park, Keyport, and Red Bank, New Jersey. Thanks to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey and other community health system grantees, more than 452,500 outreach and education interventions have been implemented nationwide and over 148,300 breast cancer screenings have been provided at low or no cost.”

“The Community Health Centers are thrilled to partner with the American Cancer Society to provide these essential public health preventative screenings for our communities,” said Christopher Rinn, Chief Executive Officer at VNACJ CHC. “We continue to be incredibly grateful for our community partners as we work closely together as we work towards improving high quality, cost-effective, comprehensive healthcare services.”

 About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information, go to www.cancer.org.

About Crucial Catch

The NFL, its clubs, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society are committed to the fight against cancer. Crucial Catch expands the impact of the NFL’s work around breast cancer to address multiple types of cancer through prevention, early detection, and timely access to follow-up care as needed. Since 2009, the first year of the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign, the league’s work has raised more than $18 million for the American Cancer Society. Money raised through Crucial Catch supports the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which promotes health equity and addresses cancer-related disparities. Visit nfl.com/crucialcatch to learn more and get involved.

About Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center Inc. (VNACJ CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, has provided comprehensive primary and preventive health care for infants, children, and adults of Monmouth County for more than 20 years. The VNACJ CHC’s are conveniently located in Asbury Park, Keyport and Red Bank. In 2017, staff provided more than 29,099 visits to more than 9,232 patients. For more information about VNACJ CHC please visit www.vnachc.org.

About Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group is the largest independent, nonprofit provider of home-based health services in New Jersey and Mid-Central Ohio. Founded over 105 years ago with a mission to care for the community, today VNA Health Group helps individuals and families achieve their best level of health and well-being by providing high quality, compassionate home health, hospice, palliative and community-based care and offers private-pay personal care services. A full range of primary care services are available through the VNACJ Community Health Centers. Currently, VNA Health Group employs nearly 2,500 people and cares for over 150,000 individuals and families annually with a special focus on vulnerable populations such as children, older adults and those with serious and disabling chronic illness. Our unique partnership model with health systems leverages our clinical and technical resources to operate VNA of Central Jersey Home Care and Hospice, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, VNA of Englewood, Barnabas Home Health Care and Hospice, Visiting Physician Services, and Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. For more information about VNA Health Group and the VNAHG Foundation please call 800.862.3330, visit www.vnahg.org and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VNAHealthGroup or @VNAHealthGroup.