Women’s Cancer Resource Center: Contra Costa Cancer Navigation Partnership
Cultural and linguistic barriers to health care can delay early detection and treatment of cancer – two of the most important keys to survival. In an effort to lower or eliminate those barriers in Contra Costa County, the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund (CHF) awarded the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) a 12-month, $97,032, annual program support grant for 2014.
The grant enables the organization’s bilingual patient navigator to continue to provide support for 75–100 Latino patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC). In addition, the grant supports the WCRC executive director’s membership on the CCRMC Cancer Committees, as part of an effort to develop a plan for a sustainable, multicultural cancer navigation service that meets the American College of Surgeons’ new accreditation standards. The ultimate goal is to create interagency health navigation services that support low-income patients undergoing cancer treatment by improving access to screening, diagnosis, medical care, and social services.
The WCRC expects that:
- The WCRC bilingual Patient Navigator will provide support for 75–100 Latino patients undergoing cancer treatment at CCRMC through 2014.
- The WCRC executive director will participate fully as a member of the CCRMC Cancer Committee, to develop a plan for a sustainable multicultural cancer navigation service that meets the American College of Surgeons’ new accreditation standards. Financial responsibility for service implementation will be assumed by CCRMC beginning January 2015.
- The WCRC will establish itself as the contractual partner that will provide the expanded multicultural cancer navigation services at the CCRMC from January 1, 2015 and beyond.