|Awarded On||August 21, 2019|
|Title||Empower Her To Care Expansion (FY2020-FY2021): Increasing Access to Breast Cancer Screening and the Continuum of Care for Underserved Texas Women|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Bernice Joseph|
Need: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 20%. Rural Texas women are more likely to have breast cancers dia...