OLE Health will focus on increasing the number of patients successfully completing fecal immunochemical test (FIT) tests for colorectal cancer screening, and providing referrals for the patients determined to need follow-up tests and treatment. Cancer screening is the crucial life-saving step needed to ensure early detection and treatment. It is particularly important to OLE Health patients because screening rates are generally lower in Hispanic/Latino populations, and Latinos represent 62% of OLE’s patients. In addition, 88% of OLE patients are uninsured, on Medi-Cal, or Medicare. According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, “Uninsured patients and those from ethnic minorities are substantially more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a later stage, when treatment can be more extensive, more costly, and less successful.
Jennifer Wilson, M.D.
Location: OLE Health - California
Proposal: Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation in Napa Valley