Avon Foundation Funds Tulane to Screen Uninsured for Cancer

September 22, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

The Avon Foundation recently awarded the Tulane Cancer Center a $250,000 grant to provide access to breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up care for uninsured and underserved women in New Orleans. Currently, only one in five women seeking care at community health centers in New Orleans are receiving cancer screenings.

The Tulane Cancer Center hopes to increase screenings to at least one out of two underserved women. Breast and cervical cancer screenings can lead to early diagnosis and better treatment outcomes. The money will help support a cancer control fellow, a physician who will provide clinical services to women at several community-based health care clinics in the New Orleans area, including the Tulane University Community Health Center at Covenant House.

This physician will increase the number of women getting screened. The grant will also support a patient navigator/counselor and a social work intern who will provide practical and psychosocial guidance to underserved patients as they attempt to navigate New Orleans's fragmented post-Katrina health care system.

The patient navigator will also be a centralized resource for community agency referrals and will arrange assistance with the logistics of receiving cancer care.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000