Date: March 21, 2011
Maryland is among the best in the U.S. in cancer screening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Though the Kimmel Cancer Center no longer receives CRF support for cancer screening in uninsured and minority populations, 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 have collaborated with representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department through its CRF Public Health Grant and provided colonoscopy screening to 200 uninsured Baltimore residents (FY11).
Building upon the community partnerships formed through the CRF, the Community Networks Program and the Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities were established. These programs, as well as a long-standing partnership with Howard University, are focused on developing research-based strategies to eliminate racial disparities in cancer death rates in Maryland and Washington, D.C.