By 2025, increase equitable access to quality cancer-related preventive, diagnostic, treatment, palliative, and end-of-life care for the uninsured and underinsured.
1. Establish or reinforce strategic partnerships with academic and community organizations to identify current barriers for under/uninsured to obtain care along the cancer continuum.
2. Work with community-based and non-profit organizations identified in strategy one to determine provider/systems-related barriers to providing screening and treatment for insured/uninsured.
3. Support network of Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-alike clinics in increasing educational outreach to patients regarding no-cost screening.
4. Support advocacy efforts by Medical Associations at the local, regional and state level with regard to increasing access to screening and treatment services for under and uninsured.
5. Determine through Medicare and Medicaid databases how hospice is currently utilized by the under and uninsured and how to better capture this information.
6. Work with FQHCs and community organizations to identify patient-perceived cultural barriers to accessing end-of life care that can be addressed through public health programs.
By 2025, reduce financial and geographical barriers to equitable cancer care for all Californians (insured and uninsured).
1. Conduct an assessment to identify financial and geographic barriers to accessing cancer-related preventive, diagnostic, treatment, palliative care and end-of-life services.
2. Educate decision makers (legislators and health care plans) on the existing barriers to obtaining health plan coverage, including pharmacy benefits, to access cancer-care services.
3. Work with government agencies and health plans to identify those Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in greatest need of cancer care services.
4. Identify financial assistance programs, charity care programs or supportive service organizations to assist with basic needs and medical cost resources.
5. Collaborate with regional transportation/transit planning initiatives to address access to cancer-care services.
6. Work with community organizations to engage community health workers, patient navigators and care coordinators to assist patients with overcoming barriers.
By 2025, reduce systemic and cultural barriers to equitable cancer care for all Californians (insured and uninsured).
1. Conduct an assessment to identify the systemic and cultural barriers to equitable cancer care for specific populations.
2. Develop cultural competency work plans (toolkits/roadmaps) to increase and improve the delivery of linguistically and culturally appropriate cancer care services.
3. Identify and work with stakeholders, government agencies and health plans to assist with cultural and language competencies in the cancer space and integrate cultural competencies.
4. Educate decision makers (legislators and health care plans) on how to reduce systemic and cultural barriers to cancer care for Californians.
5. Work with community organizations to engage community health workers, patient navigators and care coordinators to assist patients with overcoming systemic, cultural and language barriers.
6. Develop strategies to monitor and evaluate progress of reducing systematic and cultural barriers.