American Cancer Society Awarded Dual WellPoint Foundation Grants to Expand Hope Lodge Network and Patient Navigation Program
Grants will assist American Cancer Society in providing services to newly diagnosed and in-treatment patients
“Comprehensive care and support services are essential to the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. Unfortunately a large number of patients currently do not have access to the support and resources they need,” said
The Hope Lodge grant awarded to the Society, in the amount of
The Patient Navigation Program was developed to decrease the fragmentation of cancer treatment services and increase the access of cancer treatment among uninsured and underserved Americans. Through the program, the Society places trained staff in hospitals across the country to assist newly diagnosed cancer patients as they begin treatment. With the support of the second grant from the WellPoint Foundation, in the amount of
The grant will enable the American Cancer Society to partner with local medical centers and expand a number of program initiatives in the following key markets:
California: The grant will enable the implementation of The Personal Health Manager (PHM), a patient support program.
New York: The grant will be utilized to add additional trained staff, known as Patient Navigators, to the New York Cancer Resource Network to provide more comprehensive cancer support resources to low income patients.
Colorado: The grant will support the expansion of the Cancer Resource Network in Denverand help achieve state-wide goals of serving a significant percentage of Coloradocancer patients, family members and caregivers.
Georgia: The grant will support the launch of a Patient Navigation partnership with St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannahto increase the number of Georgiapatients and caregivers being served.
Maine: The grant will help launch a Patient Navigation partnership with Maine Medical Center to help increase the percentage of newly diagnosed patients in the state receiving services.
Missouri: The grant will contribute to expansion of services and will provide an additional Patient Navigator position to increase the number of newly diagnosed patients served.
“The WellPoint Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of underserved populations,” said
About the WellPoint Foundation:
The WellPoint Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization wholly funded by WellPoint, Inc. Through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes WellPoint’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint’s affiliate health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that, among other health related programs, address and provide innovative solutions to promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org.
About WellPoint, Inc.:
WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership in
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about
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