Project CONTINUITY is working with local communities and clinics to increase access to high-quality cancer prevention, detection and treatment services.
Project CONTINUITY was launched to increase access to evidence-based cancer screenings, with an initial focus on cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccine uptake in vulnerable populations. Beyond that, Project CONTINUITY ensures a connection to needed care for all individuals. The care spans the continuum from screening through treatment and uses tailored communications, community outreach and engagement, and clinical navigation services. By intervening at partnering health facilities that provide care in underserved communities, we can tailor high-quality care to each person based on their social and health care needs and link them to needed care and follow-up. These efforts are made possible through collaboration between community leaders, local health care facilities, providers and researchers.
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One of Project CONTINUITY’s main goals is to increase the uptake of evidence-based cancer prevention screenings, with a special focus on at-risk populations, cervical and oral cancer and barriers to care.
Providers and patients engage in shared decision making on screening eligibility and follow-up. They actively work alongside patients, linking them to appropriate care, providing tools for patients to lower their risk, establishing self-management goals and creating a coordinated care plan.
Participating providers: refer patients for treatment, provide service, share their findings with the study group and develop tailored care plans.
Project CONTINUITY connects patients with needed community support. Participating providers will assess non-medical risks and barriers to care and provide patients with available community resources to help overcome them.
The Project CONTINUITY Steering Committee, comprising a committed group of local community members, was formed to partner with the COE office, our community collaborators and local primary care clinics. The overarching aim of the partnership is to increase access to high-quality, evidence-based and locally tailored health information related to cancer risks, detection, treatment and survivorship in our 23-county catchment area.
The committee gathered in the spirit of building equitable partnerships. Members incorporated the perspective of the community in developing goals and strategies to enhance how we reach the members of the communities we serve.