220292 Leveraging community assets to combat health disparities in suburban counties in Chicago

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH , Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, ARCC Steering Committee Member, Chicago, IL
Kara Murphy , Executive Director, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Belinda Reyes, MSW , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Nadia Hajjar, MPH , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Shaneah Taylor, MPH , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Richard Endress, PhD , President, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Background: DuPage County (a collar county of Chicago's Cook County), is a suburb actively addressing rapid increase in poverty into their private sector health system. DuPage Health Coalition (DHC) is not-for profit collaborative of an extensive group of stakeholders and community members representing unique partnerships of hospitals, physicians, local government, human services agencies, and community groups with a mission of providing access to medical services to its growing low-income, medically uninsured residents. DHC builds on its community assets and thereby supports a program, Access DuPage which operates through three main strategies: medical home assignment; continuum of care; and emphasis of diverse community assets. Methods/Study Population: In conjunction with the Northwestern University School of Medicine and funding through NIH, the Patient Navigation Project has emerged. The Navigation Project focuses on navigating 600 uninsured suburban women from the point they receive an abnormal result for a breast and/or cervical cancer screening test through a diagnostic resolution. Results/Anticipated Results: Through communication and sound relationships, the Navigation Team connects patients with the American Cancer Society, local food pantries, local townships for rent and heat assistance, healthcare providers, etc. Tailored integration into DuPage County will pave the way for a self-sustaining community resource that can be a model for caring for the growing population of under-insured, and medically underserved. Through our strong community-campus partnership, we successfully built a navigation program that is participant-centered, culturally relevant, and most importantly relevant to the community which it serves.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the construction of a successful community development tool: preventing and eliminating growing health disparities in a suburban community setting. 2. Discuss the increase in the proportion of women with diagnostic evaluations for breast and cervical cancer as compared to both previous performance and care controls in research. 3. Explain the strengths of community based research capacity through focused education and training in research design, methods, and dissemination of research results.

Keywords: Breast Cancer Screening, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am Executive Director of Access DuPage, a non-profit collaborative effort whose mission is to provide access to medical services to those people in DuPage County, IL who lack healthcare access because of economic reasons.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.