Cancer Outreach

Outreach Screenings and Educational Programs 2018

Cancer Community Outreach 2018 goals are to ensure that outreach programs and efforts for screening and early detection of cancer, cancer-related risk and prevention are rooted in identified health care needs in our surrounding communities and to increase focus on preventative care, early intervention and access to clinical trials. Community Outreach Goals are based on DOH data of health disparities in cancer in the East and Central Harlem community districts, specifically. Goals for 2018 are listed below.

STANDARD 4.1 Prevention Programs

Each year, the cancer committee provides at least 1 cancer prevention program that is targeted to meet the needs of the community and should be designed to reduce the incidence of a specific cancer type. The prevention program is consistent with evidence-based national guidelines for cancer prevention.

Cancer prevention programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Chemoprevention programs
  • Education/cancer awareness
  • Skin cancer prevention
  • Smoking cessation

Goal: Expand HEP B and HEP C education and screenings to at-risk groups, through expansion of REACH (formerly known as HEALS) and HONE programs, recognizing their link to the development of liver cancer.

  • REACH (formerly known as) HEALS: Hepatitis C Education and Liver Screening is an outreach program provides free Hepatitis C testing and free Hepatitis C educational workshops for community based organizations.
  • HONE: Hepatitis Outreach Network is a viral hepatitis prevention, screening, and link to care study program focused on minority groups in New York, who are at high risk for chronic Hepatitis B (HBV) and chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Measure: number of educational programs offered; number of HEP B & C tests completed; number of positive HEP B & C results.

  • REACH: Increase in the total number of screenings (151 in 2017) and positive screenings (54 in 2017) by end of 2018.
  • HONE: Increase in the total number of programs offered that provide educational materials (6 in 2017); an increase in the total number of screenings and positive screenings (8% in 2017).

STANDARD 4.2 Screening Programs

Each year, the cancer committee provides at least 1 cancer screening program that is targeted to decreasing the number of patients with late-stage disease. The screening program is based on community needs and is consistent with evidence-based national guidelines and evidence-based interventions. A process is developed to follow up on all positive findings.

Cancer screening programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Breast (radiographic and physical examination)
  • Colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or fecal occult blood testing

Goal: Continue to develop education and screening services for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for eligible, uninsured and underinsured women and men by becoming a NY State DOH Cancer Services Program (CSP) screening site in 2018 through its screening van.

Measure: number of breast screenings completed; number of results requiring follow-up; number of cervical and colorectal screening materials provided.

Achieved When: By December 2018, onsite program opens and offers these services, which will be reported to Cancer Committee.

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