|Awarded On||May 20, 2015|
|Title||Empower Her To Care Expansion: Increasing Access to Breast Cancer Screening and the Continuum of Care for Underserved Texas Women|
|Award Mechanism||Competitive Continuation/Expansion - Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Bernice Joseph|
Rural Texas counties have a greater cancer burden than their urban counterparts due to access-to-care barriers (being uninsured, poor and with limited transportation) and lack of infrastructure to carry out prevention programs. With more than 80% of Texas designated rural by federal government standards, 3.3 million people live in rural communities. Moreover, most uninsured Texan adults are low-income workers: nearly 70% of uninsured adults are in a working family, and 40% live below the poverty level. Despite healthcare reform, Texas still has the highest number of uninsured, non-elderly adults in the nation at just over 23%.
Access to health care for the uninsured in Texas is a growing, lo...