The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) is requesting $2,374,495 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decrease cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality by focusing on underserved populations who have increased cancer risk due to health disparities. Comprehensive evidence-based programs aim to prevent, detect, and treat cancers and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors. These outcomes will be achieved by increasing appropriate cancer screening services through provision of screenings, eliminating barriers, and implementing key evidence-based strategies; supporting state-wide cancer coalitions and cancer plans to inform strategic policy, systems, and environmental changes; and collection and dissemination of cancer surveillance data which enhances use of cancer data for planning. DPH proposes to apply for Program 1: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) 2: National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to accomplish the above.
The Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (CBCCEDP) proposes to provide timely and appropriate breast and cervical cancer screening services to uninsured or underinsured eligible women through a network of contracted health care agencies throughout Connecticut. In addition, it proposes to provide timely and appropriate patient navigation services to support low-income women screened with other sources (e.g. insurance, state funds, Medicaid) through assessing and addressing barriers to cancer screening, diagnosis, and initiation of cancer treatment. The CBCCEDP also proposes to increase population-based screenings through partnerships, evidence based interventions and collaborations with community-based organizations, professional associations, large health systems, and employers to educate, promote awareness, and reduce structural barriers preventing women from accessing services.
The Connecticut Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP) will use a collaborative approach to implement cancer prevention and control activities to reduce the burden of cancer in Connecticut communities. This collaboration between public health, communities and health care systems will provide a framework to improve the scope and quality of effort. The CCCP will continue to collaborate with Connecticut Cancer Partnership (state-wide cancer coalition) to develop and implement the current Connecticut Cancer Plan 2021-2026. Implementation activities will address the continuum of cancer care (prevention, early detection, survivorship, and end-of-life care), as well as cross-cutting activities such as data, surveillance, evaluation, advocacy, communications, education and training, health disparities, and access to care.