Cancer and Chronic Disease Screening at a Free Clinic

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Project Summary

This project is conducted in a Free Clinic which is community based. Individuals come from all around but the majority are from Allegheny and surrounding counties. Clients cannot be insured but we work with them to obtain insurance. This program was developed to evaluate individuals in regards to recommended cancer screenings and then to encourage and assist with free screenings if they agree. All cancer screenings (breast, CRC, cervical, skin, etc) are free and clients are followed until they have a clean bill of health or receive other required services. It has evolved into evaluation for all chronic diseases and providing education, referrals, monitoring, etc of the various conditions and or risks.

Project Goal

To promote healthy lifestyle, offer information on decreasing chronic disease risks, providing education such as smoking cessation, client navigation and follow up.

Promotional Methods

I was asked if I would be interested in developing a program at the clinic based on my community work. I was asked in person. This is a free clinic the clients go there on their own to obtain health care.

Project Challenges

Not really as staff which are actually volunteers for the most part, were anxious to embrace the program.

Project Results

Remains an ongoing program. We document risks and screenings on all clients, including outcomes. Provide navigation and follow up services. See a large minority population, including Latinos. The clinic sees close to 2000 individuals of all ages per year. Since the program inception 18 months ago, everyone is evaluated for chronic disease risks and has their cancer screenings evaluated. We offer smoking cessation, flu and pneumonia vaccines, access to free cancer screenings, diabetic management, etc.

Organization Type

Academic Institution

Types of Practices

  • Academic Institution
  • Community
  • Health Systems
  • Workplace

Target Age Ranges

  • Adults

Gender(s)

  • All

Race/Ethnicity

  • All

Project Service Type

  • Advocacy
  • Awareness
  • Community Outreach / Community Engagement
  • Counseling
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease Management (long-term)
  • Financial Assistance
  • Survivorship / Palliative Care
  • Prevention
  • Referral
  • Screening / Early Detection

Project Content Area

  • Health (general)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Equity
  • Cardiovascular Disease (general)
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic Disease (general)
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Breast
  • Cervical
  • Colorectal
  • Lung
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate
  • Chronic Infectious Disease
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Prediabetes
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Vaping / e-Cigarette Use
  • Violence / Injury Prevention (general)
  • Domestic / Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Other

Project/Program Care Team Target Population

  • All Practitioners
  • Community Health Workers / Patient Navigators
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Students / Professionals in Training

Counties Served

  • All Counties
  • Other

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