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Systematic Approach to Cancer Screening
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Systematic Approaches to Cancer Screening Anticipated increases in Medicaid eligibility through the implementation of health reform, will present chronic disease programs with a tremendous opportunity to work collaboratively with state Medicaid programs to develop data systems to identify and provide education, outreach and follow-up of diagnostic and treatment needs to individuals that have not received recommended cancer screening tests. A limited number of planning grants for the development and enhancement of cancer outreach and screening within existing healthcare systems was recently offered by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These grants are designed to assist Breast and Cervical Cancer Programs in the development of plans offering guidance in population-based approaches to increase cancer screening participation for a public, which has substantially increased access to screening through the implementation of health care reform. The intent is to encourage and support collaboration between and capacity development within chronic disease programs and Medicaid programs. This project addresses the CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Domain #3 – Health system interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services in order to prevent disease, detec t diseases early, and reduce or eliminate risk factors and mitigate or manage complications. This RFA engages other systems (Medicaid) to expand the early detection of cancer, NACDD is pleased to announce that the state health agencies in Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Oregon, and Utah have competed successfully for funding in this program.