Susan G. Komen Michigan has announced a partnership with multiple local agencies of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Navigation Program (BCCNP). The partnership is part of a national-level cancer navigation initiative to expand access to resources for underserved populations fighting or surviving breast cancer.
The program is working with the goals of saving lives and improving health care outcomes for those impacted by social determinants like language, gender, culture, transportation, health literacy and access to health care services.
Often, it is a lack of awareness of programs or the inability to attend and afford them that inhibits quality health care. The support provided to the Breast Cancer Toolkit (BCT) came from seed money from a Jackson, Michigan foundation and will help the BCT expand its impact. The BCT will connect local resources to those with an immediate need for impactful advances in the prevention, diagnoses and treatment of breast cancer.
“Helping women overcome barriers that prevent them from receiving cancer screening services is crucial,” said E.J. Siegal, program director for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program. “The BCCCNP is fortunate to partner with Komen Michigan to help us provide resources to women who need them most.”
The program has united forces with the Michigan Public Health Institute, local policy advocates and legislative supporters to help incorporate the BCT into the Michigan governor’s health platform. The pilot program will launch February 2018, and tools will be available to the public in fall 2018.