Preventive Care

female patient breast healthEarly detection and treatment of cancer saves lives and reduces health care costs. Coordinating preventive care for our vulnerable neighbors is a critical part of the PCC’s work.

Since 2007, through grant awards from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prevent Cancer Foundation,  the Maryland Department of Health, and the American Breast Cancer Foundation, the PCC has worked to build a system-wide collaboration to provide coordinated breast and colorectal cancer prevention services to Montgomery Cares patients. Using process improvement techniques and patient navigation to improve referral and screening rates, the PCC built partnerships among the Montgomery Cares Clinics, the CDC-funded National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programs in the area, the County Cancer Crusade, all five Montgomery County Hospitals, and private health care providers.

The Breast Health Initiative (BHI) is a multi-faceted effort to improve access to timely breast cancer screenings for low-income women. Through these efforts we have increased mammography screening rates for women receiving care at participating safety-net clinics in Montgomery County from 5.1 to 39.3 percent. Participating clinics in Prince George’s County, the District, and Virginia also improved their mammography screening rates from an overall average of 27.1 to 41.7 percent. The PCC expanded the Breast Health Initiative in 2012 to include the Breast Health Quality Consortium, a four-year, Komen-funded project to improve the quality of breast health care throughout the National Capital Area and across the spectrum of breast health care, by identifying and reducing disparities in service delivery.

Find out more at the Breast Health Initiative Website.

The Integrated Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care Pilot built on the success of the BHI and applied effective processes and techniques to cervical and colorectal cancer screening among low-income, uninsured adult patients at Mobile Medical Care, Inc., one of the Montgomery Cares clinics. The pilot program improved clinic capacity and access to care.  In FY2014, Montgomery County provided funding for screening mammography and colorectal cancer screening throughout the Montgomery Cares network.