The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute recently received an $8,372 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to support a cancer screening and education program for un/underinsured individuals across three counties.
The Cancer Institute Cancer Patient Navigation Program aims to increase colon, breast, and cervical cancer screenings and offer support from screening through diagnosis, treatment, and after-care for 500 un/underinsured residents in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne Counties. The Cancer Institute will partner with six free and federally qualified health clinics to identify program participants and help them overcome barriers such as financial status, communication, transportation, and fear of the healthcare system. In addition, all patients identified without a medical home will be connected or re-connected to a primary care provider.
Pictured above at the check presentation are, L-R, Cancer Institute representatives, Bob Durkin, president, and Laura Toole, community and patient services director; and Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.