Caring Connections Patient Navigator

Caring Connections, a cooperative program of the Bangor Region YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center, will add a full-time Patient Navigator to expand our capabilities, providing greater outreach and navigation to women who qualify for our free breast and cervical screening program. The Patient Navigator will help us increase our ability to attend appointments and provide support to people with a cancer diagnosis, including those with cancers specific to men.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Caring Connections Patient Navigator $110,386 Navigator Caring Connections

Reducing Barriers to Cancer Care for Low Income, Rural Residents of Kennebec and Somerset County

Our goal is to develop a comprehensive system for cancer navigation from prevention and early detection through diagnostics, treatment, survivorship and palliative care /hospice.  We plan to hire an oncology navigator to ensure there is coordination between all levels of care and in particular develop a system of navigation in two major areas where we have a gap in services – oral chemotherapy navigation and survivorship navigation.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 80% Colon Cancer Screening Project $99,627 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2017 Reducing Barriers to Cancer Care for Low Income, Rural Residents of Kennebec and Somerset County $161,562 Navigator MaineGeneral Health
2016 Expansion of the Role of Community Health Workers to Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates $29,937 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2012 Cancer Screening Navigator Program $25,000 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2010 Move More exercise $5,000 Education MaineGeneral Health
2008 "No Polyp, No Cancer" Program Funding $10,000 Education MaineGeneral Health

Patient Navigation Program

Through this three-year grant, PBMC will develop and implement a new comprehensive Cancer Patient Navigator Program to expedite the time between an abnormal finding and treatment, thus improving patient health outcomes and reducing cancer mortalities. Grant funds will help support the salary and training of one full-time Cancer Patient Navigator to work collaboratively with patients, families and providers across PBMC, MaineHealth (MH) and beyond to ensure timely care for newly-diagnosed patients.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Patient Navigation Program $161,388 Navigator Pen Bay Medical Center
2012 Oncology Clinical Research Center $20,000 Clinical Trial Pen Bay Medical Center
2011 Common Journey | Support for Women with Cancer $4,000 Support Pen Bay Medical Center

Lung Screening Navigator Enhanced with Tracking and Reporting Software System

A permanent Lung Screening Navigator combined with specialized lung cancer screening tracking and reporting software will help eliminate barriers to timely cancer screening, help navigate the patient through complicated healthcare systems, act as the liaison between patient and healthcare provider, with an ultimate goal of detecting lung cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. Fulfillment of this role will support the increase in number of high risk patients screened with LDCT as well as smoking cessation rates.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Lung Screening Navigator Enhanced with Tracking and Reporting Software System $164,000 Navigator Central Maine Medical Center
2011 Nutritional Counseling $10,000 Support Central Maine Medical Center
2008 Palliative Care $4,000 Training Central Maine Medical Center
2005 Young Survivors $4,000 Support Central Maine Medical Center

Establishing a Patient Navigator Program at Mount Desert Island Hospital

Mount Desert Island Hospital proposes to establish a Patient Navigator Program to improve workflow for cancer screenings and treatments; develop education and engagement for patients and Hospital staff; help address the financial, social, and emotional aspects of cancer care for our patients, giving them a dedicated guide throughout the treatment process; and bridge Integrated Care Team efforts with clinical interactions for our cancer patients.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Establishing a Patient Navigator Program at Mount Desert Island Hospital $161,614 Navigator Mount Desert Island Hospital
2016 A Novel System to Increase Colorectal Screenings and Ensure Compliance in a Targeted Subset of Patients at Mount Desert Island Hospital $7,481 Screening Mount Desert Island Hospital

HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative

Maine Quality Counts has been awarded a two-year grant for a project that  will increase HPV vaccination rates in 11-13 year old girls and boys by implementing evidenced-based interventions through quality improvement strategies in eight primary care practices in Maine.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative $264,201 Prevention Maine Quality Counts

Colorectal Cancer Screening for Vulnerable Populations

Through the use of Community Health Outreach Workers, this two-year project will identify and work to overcome barriers to colorectal cancer screening among Portland’s low-income, underserved black, white, and Hispanic high-risk populations, and will provide tailored outreach, education, and assistance to these groups aimed at reducing the disparities in colorectal cancer incidence, prevalence, and mortality they are known to experience.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Colorectal Cancer Screening for Vulnerable Populations $100,000 Screening City of Portland Minority Health Program

Access to Cancer Care

Accessing Cancer Care provides access to transportation for cancer treatment and support for individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. Transportation is addressed in several ways (utilizing volunteer drivers, taxis, and agency vehicles) in order to meet each individual’s needs and to provide services as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The goal is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those accessing the program.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Accessing Cancer Care $50,000 Transportation Penquis
2017 Access to Cancer Care $7,500 Transportation Penquis
2016 Accessing Cancer Care $15,000 Transportation Penquis
2015 Accessing Cancer Care $10,000 Transportation Penquis
2014 Ride to Health $5,000 Transportation Penquis
2013 Ride to Health $9,000 Transportation Penquis
2012 Ride to Health $15,000 Transportation Penquis

Healthcare Access Program

The project will support transportation for patients needing screening tests, biopsies, diagnoses or treatment programs, including trips to the Dana Farber Facility in Boston.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Cancer Patient Transportation $36,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2017 Healthcare Access Program $7,500 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2016 Healthcare Access Program $15,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2015 Healthcare Access Program $10,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2014 Cancer Patients Transportation Program $8,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2013 Transportation Service Network for Cancer Patients $10,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2012 Lake Region Transportation Program $8,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2011 Lakes Region Transportation Program $6,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services
2010 Lake Region Transportation Program $6,000 Transportation Lake Region Senior Services

Patient Transportation Assistance Program

The Patient Transportation Program meets multiple and pressing transportation needs for many patients dealing with cancer treatments and helps to ensure ongoing and uninterrupted treatment for cancer patients at NECS in Brunswick.  Gas cards and emergency taxi vouchers enable patients to get to doctor’s appointments and treatment, as well as out of state consultations and specialized treatments.  DSCF also assists with auto insurance, car repairs and car payments when the inability to continue working makes it difficult for patients to manage unexpected and everyday living expenses.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Patient Transportation Program $45,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2017 Patient Transportation Assistance Program $7,500 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2016 Patient Transportation Program $15,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2015 Patient Transportation Assistance Program $10,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2014 MCCM Patient Transportation Program $5,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2013 Patient Transportation Assistance Program $10,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
2012 MCCM Brunswick Patient Transportation $5,000 Transportation Dean Snell Cancer Foundation

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