Gaps-in-Care Cancer Screening

About This Grant:

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Maine, will hire an Outreach Medical Assistant (Outreach MA) to lead our Gaps-in-Care program for the purpose of proactively reaching out to any PCHC patient who may be overdue for three, specific cancer screenings: breast, cervical, and colorectal. The Outreach MA will: 1) schedule appropriate tests (if the patient is willing); 2) work to identify barriers that may be preventing a patient from obtaining such tests (inadequate insurance, transportation, fear, etc.); 3) collaborate with care managers to reduce those barriers; and 4) help the patient explore alternative test options and care management strategies. The Outreach MA will first delve into the patient’s chart to locate any test results that may not have been entered, and will contact local pathologists or surgical providers to obtain reports that may not have been documented in the patient’s electronic health record at PCHC. This will ensure that every patient receives necessary follow-up screening and treatment.

$38,500
2015
Breast Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Screening

MAINE CANCER FOUNDATION GRANTS TO THIS ORGANIZATION:

Year Grant Title Category Amount Grant Recipient
2018 Improving Colorectal Screening Rates via Use of a Medical Support Assistant Colorectal Cancer, Screening $100,000 Penobscot Community Health Care
2017 Expanding Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening through Patient Outreach and Recall Colorectal Cancer, Screening $100,000 Penobscot Community Health Care
2017 Peer-Led Tobacco Cessation Training at Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse Prevention, Tobacco $26,116 Penobscot Community Health Care
2016 Provide a Reminder and Recall System for Colorectal Cancer Screening Colorectal Cancer, Screening $30,000 Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Eliminating Barriers to Cancer Screening through Use of Navigator Medical Assistants Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Patient Navigation, Patient Support, Screening $164,000 Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Gaps-in-Care Cancer Screening Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Screening $38,500 Penobscot Community Health Care