October 3, 2012
This year in the United States, more than 12,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of cervical cancer this year, and 4,000 will die of the disease. Central Health and our affiliated partner CommUnityCare are committed to providing access to the care necessary to detect and prevent the number of women in Travis County from suffering from this preventable disease.
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, we’ll be able to do even more.
Central Health was one of 810 community health centers and organizations around the country, and among 43 in Texas, that were announced as recipients of $55,000 grants aimed at increasing cervical cancer screenings, as well as other related service expansions. The funding will help CommUnityCare, Central Health’s affiliatedFederally Qualified Health Center network, to accomplish this goal.
Among other services, one specific way CommUnityCare plans to use the funding is to implement a software solution to help existing patients manage appointments for screenings and remind them when checkups are due.
The funding, which totals almost $44.5 million across all 810 community health centers receiving the award, is being made available through the Affordable Care Act. A full list of grantees is found here.