The Hunterdon County Cancer Coalition – comprising more than 30 local and state organizations – is committed to decreasing cancer incidence and mortality rates in the county. Spearheaded by the Hunterdon County Health Department, the Coalition is creating a strategic course of action through its community education and outreach activities. Programs are grant funded by the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP) within the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services.
IMPORTANT PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Sun Safe Schools
The Hunterdon County Cancer Coalition coordinator worked with two local dermatologists to present Hunterdon’s Sun Safe curriculum to more than 600 third- and fourth-grade students attending Union Township School, Franklin Township School, Califon Public School, and Clinton School.
Sun Safe Camps, Pools and Parks Program
To ensure that a clear and memorable message about sun safety is available at strategic outdoor sites, the Coalition created and installed a large ultra-violet (UV) sign showing daily UV levels at Spruce Run Reservoir swimming area.
Latino Health Behavior Risk Factor Study
To ensure exhaustive reliability, everyone living and working in Hunterdon County should be included when a study is done to analyze quality-of-life impacting factors and how they affect the community. Acknowledging the growing Hispanic community in the county, a survey was done to gather statistically valid information on the health status of residents of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity.
What a name for a skin cancer program, no? SCREEN, which stands for "Skin Cancer Reduction and Early Education Network", is an on-going program at work in seven New Jersey counties with the highest melanoma rates.