Scripps Cancer Center Receives State Grant for Breast & Cervical Cancer Services for Minorities

The California Department of Health Services has awarded a $769,748 grant to the Scripps Cancer Center to encourage low-income and uninsured African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian women in San Diego and Imperial counties to obtain free breast and cervical cancer screening services. The program is also geared toward low-income and uninsured women of all ethnicities living in rural areas of this region.

Under terms of the grant, Scripps will provide outreach and education about access to free screening services for breast cancer (ages 40 and older) and cervical cancer (ages 25 and older).Outreach will take place in a variety of forums – ranging from churches to quilting circles to community centers – depending on what is culturally acceptable. In addition, Scripps clinical staff will provide oversight and technical assistance to more than 70 providers affiliated with the state’s Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts (primarily community clinics). The grant is effective from March 2007 through June 2009 and is a continuation of a grant that Scripps has administered for more than 13 years.

With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in cancer care. In collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute, the Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research.

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $1.7 billion non-profit community health system based in San Diego, Calif.Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 11,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers.

Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. In 2006, Scripps spent $110.5 million to upgrade its facilities and technology across the San Diego region while providing significant charity care to the community — more than $195 million in uncompensated care in 2006. Scripps Health Foundation generates $30 million annually in charitable donations to support the Scripps mission.

Scripps facilities include: Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, The Whittier Institute for Diabetes, 10 Scripps Clinic locations, three Scripps Mercy Medical Group locations, and Scripps Home Health Care Services.

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