|Awarded On||May 20, 2015|
|Title||BSPAN3: Breast Screening and Patient Navigation for Rural and Underserved Women across North Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Competitive Continuation/Expansion - Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Simon C Lee|
In North Texas, rural and underserved counties comprise the majority of Health Service Region (HSR) 3 and portions of HSR 2 and HSR 7. Covering 14,500 square miles, twice the size of New Jersey, the area reported one of the highest breast cancer incidence rates in Texas, yet one-third of these women were not adherent to guideline-based screening due to lack of financial access and inadequate rural public health infrastructure.
Low-income and uninsured women residing in these counties also represent those at greatest risk for decreased access to routine preventive care. 15.4% of the area population reported living below the Federal Poverty Level; nearly 21% were uninsured and 26.5% were...