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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:11 am

MARGATE – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will partner with Rutgers University School of Nursing – Camden Community Design for a Health and Wellness Interdisciplinary Research Group Study. 

This partnership will help improve breast cancer screening compliance for Atlantic County women with severe mental illness. 

Rutgers plans to develop a breast screening model based on the JFS Women’s Health Network (WHN), which is funded through the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate. WHN is the only program that offers outreach breast health services to women with mental health challenges in southern Jersey, and conceivably in the state of New Jersey. 

The interdisciplinary research group is made up of mental and medical health care professionals as well as breast health experts. This group will conduct focus groups and individual interviews to evaluate barriers to care, service delivery and challenges related to mental illness. The goal is to create a prototype to disseminate throughout New Jersey.

“The Community Design for Health and Wellness Interdisciplinary Research Group Study will allow us to continue to focus our mission to help women with severe mental illness garner the health education, mammography and diagnostic screenings to potentially reduce their chance of developing breast cancer,” said Sharon Simon, JFS director of Women’s Health Network. “We are pleased to collaborate with Rutgers University and Susan G. Komen on this important women’s health study.”

For more information about JFS programs, call (609) 822-1108 or visit www.jfsatlantic.org. 

 

Jewish Family Service

 

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties each year.

JFS’s mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

 For more information or to keep up-to-date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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