Name of Organization: Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB) Address: 34 Benwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14214 Project Director Name: Dr. Ann Marie John, Director, Prevention and Wellness Center Contact Phone Numbers: 716 986-9199 (v) and 716 835-9357 (f) Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Website Address: www.chcb.net Health Center Program Grant Number (H80CS00157) Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB), will partner with NCI-designated Cancer Center: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park), to increase patient screening, referral for care and treatment of colorectal and cervical cancers. The project will deploy two outreach specialists and two trained and supervised patient navigators to provide patient education, case management, outreach, and other enabling services targeting the low-income, underserved populations in Erie and Niagara Counties (New York State) served by the Federally Qualified Health Center. From a demographic and socio-economic perspective, the region’s key cities of Buffalo, and Niagara Falls have large numbers of underserved minority and refugee populations. Poverty levels exceed 24% of the population. The CHCB will increase equitable access to cancer screening and referral for care and treatment using targeted culturally tailored patient engagement strategies, patient education, case management, outreach, and other enabling services, in close partnership with Roswell Park. Outreach specialists and Cancer Patient Navigators will engage underserved populations in the Buffalo-Niagara service area to improve cancer health outcomes to achieve the following objectives. 1) Increase the number and percentage of patients screened for colorectal cancer (CRC). 2) Increase the number and percentage of patients screened for cervical cancer. 3) Increase the number of patients assisted with accessing appropriate follow-up care (e.g., diagnostic services, therapies, clinical trials) within 30 days of receiving an
abnormal colorectal or cervical cancer screening test results. CHCB and Roswell Park will advance progress on these AxCS objectives by implementing activities within each of the four focus areas: 1) Access and affordability to cancer prevention and treatment services; 2) Patient engagement and experience; 3) Screening; and 4) Workforce development including individuals from the existing employees at CHCB, Roswell Park, and the community in the pool of prospective candidates for the AxCS project. The project will impact 3,500 patients aged 50 through 75 and 5,000 female patients 23-64 years of age. Based on CHCB current patient demographics, > 80% will be Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Colorectal and cervical cancer screenings will increase by at least 50%. Referral for care and treatment for colorectal and cervical abnormal findings will also increase by at least 25%. CHCB evaluation plan integrates Quality Assurance Review (process) and impact (effectiveness) assessments. This project will serve as a model to significantly reduce health disparities and disease burden among underserved low-income individuals by addressing social determinants of health barriers and identifying facilitators to improved health outcomes.