We are proud to announce and applaud the winners of our 2021 MN Screening Grants: Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC). The ABOH Screening Grant Program helps Minnesota’s lung cancer screening programs overcome barriers that keep uptake low. Less than 10% of eligible Americans get screened each year leading to mostly late-stage diagnoses. More about screening here.
The CRMC program plans to use their funds to train staff to assist with the identification of patients who are eligible for lung cancer screening and notify appropriate primary care physicians. In addition, they hope to increase uptake by offering financial assistance to patients for whom the cost of a lose-dose CT scan is a barrier.
The MAFP plans to use their funds to disseminate information about lung cancer screening to more than 2000 family physicians practicing in Minnesota. Using social media, electronic promotion, a print education article and conference-based education, they plan to educate their group about recent recommendations from the American Academy of Family Physicians in support of the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on annual screening for lung cancer.
The most recent recommendation calls for annual low-dose CT scans in adults aged 50 to 80 years who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
Read more about A Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Screening Grants HERE