“I don’t know what I would have done without the KY PinkConnection. The people and the program have been wonderful to me. I am getting treatment, where otherwise, I wouldn’t have. Thank you all so much for your help and your caring and compassion.” -Brenda N
The mission of Kentucky CancerLink, Inc. (KCL) is to increase preventive cancer screenings for underserved Kentucky residents, as well as provide support after a diagnosis and during treatment for cancer patients.
KCL expects to demonstrate increased screening compliance with rarely or never screened populations and demonstrate improved quality measures for increasing cancer screenings. KCL goals also include increase compliance with those in cancer treatment by supporting them to overcome barriers they face to completing their treatment. In addition this same personal attention and patient navigation principles will be applied to increase the number of people who become insured and increase the number of newly insured to take advantage of early cancer screening made available to them through Kentucky's Healthcare exchange and the Affordable Health Care Act.
Kentucky CancerLink (KCL), formerly known as Kentucky Pink Connection, was established in April 2008. Beginning its seventh year of operation this April, its mission is to promote evidence-based early detection of cancer and eliminate barriers people face to being screened and to stay in cancer treatment. All full-time staff are certified Patient Navigators from the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. The concept of patient navigation was founded and pioneered by Dr. Harold P. Freeman in 1990 for the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. It has since evolved to include the timely movement of an individual across the entire health care continuum from prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive, to end-of-life care - See more at: www.hpfreemanpni.org.
Kentucky Pink Connection, just last year helped 1,116 people from 91 different Kentucky counties. 588 received one or more evidence-based cancer screening(s) and came from one of 37 Kentucky counties. 284 clients from 72 counties were supported to complete treatment with transportation assistance, and 219 from 58 counties received an average of 1.8 supportive items such as mastectomy bras, prostheses, compression garments to combat lymphedema, a wig, or post-operative camisole. All services are provided at no cost to the patient. Patient navigation has been proven to increase compliance with uninsured and low income populations and this assumption has been verified by the work Kentucky CancerLink has already done and is committed to do in order to expand its impact in Kentucky on public health.
Kentucky CancerLink, formerly known as Kentucky Pink Connection has a six year track record of helping uninsured and underinsured patients. Since inception, KCL has helped over 4,000 patients. With the new launch April 1, 2014 as Kentucky CancerLink, KCL anticipates helping many more Kentuckians take advantage of evidence-based cancer screenings. In addition, KCL anticipates helping many more cancer patients in Kentucky to overcome obstacles he/she faces to stay in active treatment. In 2013, Kentucky Pink Connection helped 1,116 people from 91 different Kentucky counties. 588 clients received an evidence-based cancer screening or more than cancer screening and represent 37 Kentucky counties. 284 cancer patients from 72 Kentucky counties were supported to complete treatment with transportation assistance. 219 patients from 58 Kentucky counties received an average of 1.8 support items such as mastectomy bras, prostheses, compression garments to combat lymphedema, a wig, or post-operative camisole. All services and items are provided at no cost to each client.
Kentucky Pink Connection in 2013 expanded its area of cancer focus by partnering with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to provide patient navigation services for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Project. Since inception of that grant, Kentucky Pink Connection has helped 91 high risk individuals obtain a colonoscopy. 49% had polyps removed and 2 were diagnosed with an early stage of colon cancer. 86 more received a FIT screening, Fecal Immunochemical Test, for colon cancer. KCL staff provided education to each client on both tests, the FIT and preparation instructions for colonoscopies. In addition, they reminded patients of appointments, prep, and made sure any barriers they faced, such as transportation or concerns, were addressed. Fayette County, in partnership with Kentucky Pink Connection, led the state in the number of colon cancer screenings completed. This also demonstrated the power of patient navigation and good public and private partnerships.
All full-time KCL staff are certified ‘kynectors’ and are knowledgeable in the health care exchange and can assist uninsured individuals to obtain insurance by linking them to in-person assistors and following up to make sure they have completed their enrollment. All patients assisted and type of help or items provided are documented as well in the access database. KCL, both through staff and a network of volunteers as well as interns (from both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University), will continue to provide outreach and education on the importance of prevention and early detection of cancer.
The Director, Vicki Blevins Booth, has over 24 years of businessexperience with over 17 years, specifically in the cancer arena.
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