Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Early Detection of Cancer for the Medically Underserved
Access to education, early detection, and patient navigation can dramatically reduce cancer mortality rates among the medically underserved. Since 2002, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has operated two year-round, mobile medical clinics to provide free screenings for multiple cancer types with follow-up on abnormal findings by patient navigators. Culturally appropriate practices eliminate barriers to care, data-driven tools monitor health outcomes by zip code, and strategic partnerships maximize patient transitions throughout the care continuum.