Northland health centers get cervical cancer grantsFour community health centers in the Northland are among hundreds to receive federal grants to provide cervical cancer screening for more women.
Four community health centers in the Northland are among hundreds to receive federal grants to provide cervical cancer screening for more women.
The grants were announced on Thursday by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services and will go to 810 nonprofit clinics. Among them are Lake Superior Community Health Center in West Duluth, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, Cook Area Health Services in Cook and the Lakes Community Health Center in Iron River. Each receives a $55,000 grant.
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention estimates an estimated 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and more than 4,000 women will die.
The grants also help the clinics become patient-centered medical homes, which stress improved care coordination and management to help treat patients for many needs at once, increase access and empower the patient to be a partner in their own care, a Health and Human Services news release said.