What is SASS?
SASS (Screening and Survivor Support for Breast Cancer in Licking County) is a public health promotion program based out of the Licking County Health Department.
Why was SASS created?
The breast cancer mortality rate in Licking County, Ohio, was 34 between 2001 and 2005, as compared to the Ohio rate of 27.5, and the U.S. rate of 25. As a result, the Licking County Health Department and the Public Health Partnership of Licking County partnered to develop the SASS Program to provide women in Licking County with access to and education on the importance of routine mammograms.
The program has two focuses: early screening and survivor support. SASS is Licking County’s first social service program dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer and to those affected by breast cancer. Since its founding in 2006, SASS has provided over 1,000 screening and diagnostic mammograms. The benefit of SASS is that it provides women with immediate mammograms. This decrease in wait time may result in early diagnosis, which can save a woman’s life. In addition to screening services, SASS provides information, referrals and opportunities for social support if a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
How is SASS funded?
SASS is made possible through donations to the Public Health Partnership (PHP) of Licking County. PHP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to improving the health of Licking County residents. SASS is housed in the Licking County Health Department and serves women throughout Licking County.
"The SASS program also provided a stipend which helped my family during the financially difficult period we faced during my treatment. I'm so very thankful to everyone who makes the SASS program what it is. It's truly a blessing to many ladies and families in our community who are directly affected by breast cancer."
"Support is so so important. Thank you for SASS, Kindred Spirits, and wanting to help others through all the programs offered!"