July 27, 2022
Family Health receives grant to increase breast and cervical cancer screenings
MOBILE, Ala. — Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, was recently selected by the Alabama Department of Public Health as a recipient of a “Improving Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening through Health Systems Change” grant. It was one of only three Federally Qualified Health Centers in Alabama to be chosen.
The purpose of this grant is to increase breast and cervical cancer screening clinic-level rates and strengthen the delivery of cancer screening services through health systems change. Health systems change will include implementing evidence-based interventions recommended by the Community Guide.
The Community Guide recommends health systems implement multi-component strategies within the clinical setting, to include client reminders, provider reminders, provider assessment and feedback, and reduction of structural barriers. In addition, supporting activities such as electronic health record enhancements, small media, patient navigation, community health workers, provider education, and professional development that assist in increasing cancer screening rates.
Funding for activities performed under this grant are provided by ADPH’s Bureau of Family Health Services through cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Family Health has been a longtime participant in the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) program. This provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed.