Hospital gets $30,000 grant for breast health efforts

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has awarded Griffin Hospital $50,000 to increase breast health education and provide free mammograms in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

This includes in Shelton, where the 2011 Komen Connecticut Community Profile indicated there is a high breast cancer mortality rate

The Komen funding to the Derby-based hospital should help medical professionals to better understand the high breast cancer mortality rates in this region and hopefully reverse the trend by providing low-income and uninsured women free breast cancer screenings.

Shelton has high breast cancer rate

According to the 2011 Komen Connecticut Community Profile, Shelton and Naugatuck were identified as having breast cancer mortality rates higher than the state rate.

Daun Barrett, a registered nurse at Griffin Hospital, said demographic and cultural information data is being collected to learn why women in these two cities are not getting mammograms in a timely manner.

The community profile indicates that diverse types of minority populations are at particular risk for foregoing recommended breast screenings — such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and those of Polish and Portuguese descent.

The grant will fund outreach efforts, tracking systems, free health screenings, wellness and safety programs, and support services.