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Outreach and Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

The Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities operates a wide variety of community-based outreach and screening programs, including:

Community Networks Program
Working with community partners in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, and through funding by the National Cancer Institute, the Kimmel Cancer Center has established a Community Networks Program. The NCI Community Networks Program aims to reduce cancer health disparities through community-based participatory education, training, and research among racial/ethnic minorities and underserved populations. The framework for the Kimmel Cancer Center program was established through active community outreach and collaborations established at Johns Hopkins with grants from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund, which began in 2001. Co-directors of the Program are Ahmed Elmi, PHP, CHES Community Relations Manager for Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, M.D., and Donald Shell, M.D., M.A., who heads the Prince George’s County Health Department.

The partnership provides a unique opportunity to explore and analyze the relationship of race and ethnicity versus socioeconomic factors to health. The partners also will look at how income and poverty may affect the success of interventions to reduce cancer disparities. Through this partnership, we will foster a community outreach program targeted to multiethnic (African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American), underserved and low-income populations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County to:

  • Identify the needs and resources of the communities being served.
  • Develop appropriately tailored and culturally-sensitive educational materials.
  • Deliver health promotion and educational activities via existing networks and coalitions
  • Improve health literacy and patient-provider communication.
  • Assess and monitor the success of outreach activities and educational activities and materials on the target communities and populations.
  • Collaborate with the National Cancer Institute to plan and implement community outreach activities.

American Cancer Society Partnership
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) have joined forces to expand outreach activities in the Baltimore region.The Kimmel Cancer Center’s existing outreach initiatives through the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, provides healthcare information and education for African-American and Latin-American communities. Staff also help patients navigate various health services, such as cancer screening.

Partnership for Healthy Seniors
The Partnership for Healthy Seniors is a population-based randomized clinical trial to test the efficacy of educational materials vs. the addition of care coordination assisted by a Tablet PC® platform to promote adherence to breast, cervix, colon and prostate cancer screening among African American seniors currently enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. Findings will used to design sustainable intervention strategies tailored to older, African-American Adults. For more information, call 410-955-0154.

The Avon Access to Breast Health Care Initiative
This initiative was funded by a $10 million grant from the Avon Foundation and provides funding for education and screening services for underserved minority and low-income women in Baltimore City.

Zeta Center for Healthy Aging Partnership
The goal of this program, led by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, is to ensure health equity, including access to academic medical centers like Johns Hopkins, health education, and disease screening to citizens of the Park Heights Community. The Zeta Center is operated by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education. The Kimmel Cancer Center is partnering with the Zeta Center to provide cancer education outreach.

National Outreach Network
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is a member of the National Cancer Institute's National Outreach Network, a collaborative program developed to provide outreach and education to underserved communities.The program helps to ensure that citizens have the cancer information they need to make sound decisions about lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancers, screening, and treatment. The Kimmel Cancer Center has a community health educator that serves as a liaison between our Cancer Center and the community to provide culturally-tailored information about cancer.

Stocking Up on Healthcare Information at the Market
Kimmel Cancer Center experts are taking cancer education to the community. A small CRF research grant has allowed Johns Hopkins to expand and evaluate its Market Day program, which takes wellness services, such as blood pressure screening, and cancer education, on the road to visitors of the Northeast Market. The CRF grant funds cancer prevention and screening information provided by experts.

B’More Healthy Expo
Nurses from each of the Kimmel Cancer Center’s clinics volunteer at the B’More Healthy Expo each year to provide expert advice and information to the public on healthy behaviors, such as nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, and cancer screening. Useful giveaways, such as cutting boards and nutrition handouts, as well as interactive games will be used to help get the word out about healthy behaviors that help prevent cancer.

Information Sessions with Congressman Elijah Cummings
The Johns Hopkins Center for Cancer Disparities has worked with our East Baltimore Medical Center to host information sessions and discussions, “From Survive to Thrive: Equipping Cancer Patients to Live Their Best Life.” Topics have included resources and support available to cancer patients and survivors, practical tips on living healthy, free prevention services, and resources available at local treatment locations. In addition to Congressman Elijah Cummings, representatives from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore City Cancer Program, and prostate and breast cancer survivors and advocates have participated in the events.

Cancer Screening
The Kimmel Cancer Center no longer receives direct Cigarette Restitution Fund Program support for cancer screening in uninsured and minority populations, but it remains a key initiative for our Center.  Johns Hopkins Priority Partners, a Medicaid MCO with more than 185,000 participants, and Johns Hopkins community physicians, who care for more than 260,000 patients, continue to meet the needs of Maryland’s underserved populations by providing screenings for colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancers. Faculty from our gastrointestinal program collaborate with representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department through its CRF Public Health Grant and provide colonoscopy screening to uninsured Baltimore residents.


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