Arkansas Cancer Coalition

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Fiscal Year 2022 Awarded Grants

Mainline Health Systems

Program: Prevention & Early Detection

Funding Amount:  $55,000.00

Counties Served: Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Lincoln 

Focus Area(s):  Prevention (Breast, Cervical, Colorectal)

Grant Summary: Project Prevention and Early Detection will allow Mainline Health Systems, Inc. (MHSI) to utilize the functionality and technology of the EMR to contact and recall patients who are due for cancer screenings. The text message campaigns within the EMR will send the patient reminders to their phone for cervical, colorectal, and breast cancer screenings that they are due as well as inform them of how to schedule an appointment.

MHSI will follow CMS guidelines for inclusion of patient population for the cervical, colorectal, and breast cancer screening due for outreach with the text message campaigns.

By July 2022, MHSI plans to increase the percentage of compliant patients with cervical cancer screening completed to 45%, for colorectal screening to 45%, and 65% compliant for breast cancer screening.

CARTI Foundation

Program: Increasing Survivorship by Assisting Cancer Patients Access Care 

Funding Amount: $54,500.00

Counties Served:  Statewide

Focus Area(s):  Survivorship

Grant Summary: With funding from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition, CARTI will help cancer patients’ access treatment in a variety of ways: The patients who will benefit are low-income, uninsured and/or underinsured, many of whom live in rural areas of the state. Providing assistance with transportation and housing gives patients a greater chance of survivorship, which can impact public health in Arkansas and support the Arkansas Cancer Plan.

  1. By June 30, 2022, CARTI will provide transportation assistance through fuel cards for 300 cancer patients residing in 51 red and yellow counties who are eligible for assistance.
  2. By June 30, 2022, CARTI will provide transportation assistance through vans, cabs and CareLink to 90 cancer patients who are eligible for assistance.
  3. By June 30, 2022, CARTI will provide housing assistance to 25 patients in the form of hotel accommodations and lodging.

St. Bernard’s Development Foundation

Program: Mobile Mammography – Increasing Screening Mammography & Breast Health Education 

Funding Amount: $54,967.00

Counties Served: Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, 
Randolph, Sharp, St. Francis, Woodruff 

Focus Area(s):  Breast Cancer

Grant Summary: The mission of St. Bernards Healthcare is to “provide Christ-like healing to the community through education, treatment and health services.”  St. Bernards Mobile Mammography Program provides 3D screening mammograms and Komen breast health literature to women living in 18+ counties in the primarily rural region of Northeast Arkansas. Ten of these counties are identified as “Red Counties” in the 2017 Red County Life Expectancy Profile. The women in all of the counties served face many obstacles that prevent them from seeking mammography services, such as, lack of access to fixed mammography facilities due to geographic location, financial burdens and transportation. The St. Bernards Mobile Mammography Unit is able to help reduce these barriers by traveling into these disparate communities to detect breast cancers in its earliest stage.

The Home for Healing (formerly Family Home of Little Rock) 

Program: Housing for Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment in Little Rock   

Funding Amount: $39,935.00

Counties Served: Statewide

Focus Area(s): Survivorship 

Grant Summary: The Home for Healing is committed to providing safe and affordable lodging in Little Rock for patients receiving cancer treatment.  Home for Healing currently has six rooms (per Covid-19 guidelines) available to patients and caregivers.  Room costs are $50 per night per room, but patients are only asked to pay $10 or nothing at all if their burden is too great.  All Home for Healing guests are uninsured or woefully underinsured. Affordable, convenient, and safe lodging is necessary for these patients to receive care and therefore increase survivorship.  A partnership with the ACC would allow us to offset costs of lodging and increase the number of patients who continue to receive treatment.

Goodness Village 

Program: Housing and Hope for Cancer Patients & Survivors

Funding Amount: $40,685.00

Counties Served: Statewide

Focus Area(s): Survivorship

Grant Summary: Goodness Village’s program, Hope and Housing for Cancer Patients and Survivors, will provide free housing to Arkansas cancer patients and their families during their treatment, follow-up appointments, and other medical visits to Little Rock. The world-class cancer treatment facilities and resources in Little Rock bring patients from all over Arkansas – indeed from all over the country – for short- and long-term stays in our hometown during their cancer treatment and follow-up cancer care. Short-term housing is an enormous burden on patients and their families as it often requires signing leases, paying security deposits, setting up utilities (which also often require deposits) and other processes that present an additional burden during some of the most difficult moments of these families’ lives. Goodness Village removes these burdens by offering a safe, comfortable home away from home for as many or as few nights as a family needs to stay. This helps patients from rural counties without close access to cancer treatment and resources to stay together during treatment and follow-up care at a low nightly rate that saves them up to $10,000 in short-term housing costs.

With the Arkansas Cancer Coalition’s help, we will remove the barrier to quality care and quality of life by providing this housing free of charge to Arkansas patients. Our program sets itself apart by allowing families to stay with us even if their cancer patient or survivor requires an overnight hospital stay, keeping families together and support systems intact during treatment. This program will greatly impact the quality of survivorship care and continued treatment, especially for low-income families and families from rural Arkansas communities.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Program: Promoting Lung Cancer Screening/Tobacco Cessation Outreach through the UAMS MammoVan & COVID-19 Mobile Unit

Funding Amount: $54,913.00

Counties Served: Arkansas, Ashley, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Faulkner, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Lee, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Monroe, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Phillips, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Woodruff, Yell

Focus Area(s):  Lung Cancer

Grant Summary: The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) has recommended lung cancer screening, coupled with tobacco cessation interventions, for those at risk since 2015. However, according to the 2020 American Lung Association’s State of Lung Cancer report, only 3.4% of high-risk Arkansans were screened, compared to the national rate of 5.7%. Contributing factors cited were lack of assess to screening sites, low awareness about the benefit of screening, lack of knowledge among patients and providers concerning the eligibility requirements and coverage by healthcare payers for screening and tobacco cessation services. Funds from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition will provide an avenue to address those contributing factors by providing educational resources, low-dose CT screening opportunities and tobacco cessation consultations in the thirty-three (33) targeted counties in collaboration with both the MammoVan and Covid-19 testing mobile unit.

Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition

Program: HPV Prevention Workgroup Continuation

Funding Amount: $55,000

Counties Served:  Statewide

Focus Area(s):  Cervical Cancer

Grant Summary: In 2020-2021, the workgroup will build off of the last four years foundation, focus on maximizing and dispersing our developed educational materials to appropriate partners, and continue to reaffirm the importance of a provider’s strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine, specifically in the rural communities of Arkansas. 

The allocated funds from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition will 1.) pay an HPV coordinator to convene and facilitate a statewide HPV prevention workgroup as an on-going function, and continue to monitor HPV activities around the state through the workgroup to reduce duplicative efforts 2.) continue to support unique and practical state-wide healthcare provider and community education, and 3.) establish a pool of funds that the HPV prevention workgroup could use to complete projects in support of the HPV vaccination objectives. 4.) host a summit with an HPV focus. The Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition will manage the activities.

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