|Awarded On||August 21, 2019|
|Title||Centralized outreach to promote smoking cessation and lung cancer screening in vulnerable adult patients in a safety net system|
|Award Mechanism||Tobacco Control and Lung Cancer Screening|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Michael Pignone|
|Cancer Sites||Lung and Bronchus|
Need: There is a critical need for more effective delivery of intensive tobacco cessation intervention and lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scanning (LDCT) in Travis County, particularly in underinsured and vulnerable patients. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Travis County, accounting for 20% of all cancer deaths in 2017. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality and the strongest risk factor for lung cancer. The vulnerable patients served in Travis County’s main safety net care system, CommUnityCare Health Centers (CUC), are particularly at risk: 50% of patients ages 55-77 are former or current smokers. Of these more than 7,000 patients, over 3,00...