Address: 1172 North Maclay Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340 Project Director Name: Kimberly Wyard, Chief Executive Officer Email: KimWyard@nevhc.org Contact Phone: (818) 898-1388 ext. 41620 FAX: (818) 365-7670 Website Address: www.nevhc.org Health Center Program Grant #: H80CS00139 Funding Request: Year 1: $250,000; Year 2: $250,000 Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), respectfully requests $500,000 from the HRSA-22-154 Fiscal Year 2022 Accelerating Cancer Screening (AxCS) Program to support our efforts to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and referral for care and treatment in Los Angeles County (LAC) Service Planning Area (SPA) 2, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Brief Project Description: NEVHC will partner with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) at UCLA, to enhance cancer patient education, case management and outreach among low-income residents of SPA 2. As part of our project, JCCC will deploy their staff, including Patient Navigators, to NEVHC clinics and community events across SPA 2 to assist in improving cancer screening and referral within the service area. Furthermore, NEVHC will partner with the American Cancer Society (ACS) who will provide us with support services to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and referral services. Needs to be Addressed: SPA 2 has a high need for patient navigation services to connect residents to breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and referral to care and treatment services. In SPA 2, breast cancer deaths are outpacing those that occur in LAC and the U.S., in general, as this region accounts for a breast cancer death rate of 22.3 per 100,000 females. Furthermore, in our service area, the cervical cancer death rate is at 2.6 per 100,000 females, also surpassing the n
ational rate. Furthermore, mirroring County trends, within our service area, Latinas are disproportionately impacted by cervical cancer death when compared to the entire SPA 2 region. When it comes to colorectal cancer, in SPA 2’s low-income community of Pacoima, 57% have received a colorectal cancer screening, which is more than 10% less than the national average! Proposed Services: By implementing the NEVHC AxCS Project, in partnership with JCCC and ACS, NEVHC will utilize Patient Navigators (PN), both an in-house PN and JCCC PNs, to assist patients access breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and referrals. One of their main functions will be assisting patients maneuver through the maze that can be diagnostic follow-up and referral to treatment. Furthermore, an NEVHC Quality Improvement Program Coordinator will assist in implementing cancer screening and referral outreach strategies and improving cancer data capture. Additionally, a current NEVHC Medical Assistant II will assist NEVHC telehealth patients, particularly uninsured patients, receive their mammogram referrals as well as ensuring that they attend their appointment by calling them two weeks later. Lastly, the JCCC team will assist increase our breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and referral numbers by outreaching in SPA 2 community events, including health fairs. Population Groups to Be Served: The NEVHC AxCS Project will target the low-income, underserved and predominantly Latino population of SPA 2, including our 79,829 patients serviced by our 17 Health Center sites. This project will specifically serve SPA 2 female residents ages 51-73 due for breast cancer screening; female residents ages 23-64 due for cervical cancer screening; and adult residents ages 50-75 due for colorectal cancer screening.