Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards 8 Grants to Make Skin Cancer Screening More Accessible

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, February 8, 2016

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awarded eight grants totaling nearly $11.5 million to help make skin and lung cancer screening programs, care and patient support more accessible to underserved populations. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations initiatives and Bridging Cancer Care™ initiatives. Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations supports care collaborations among primary care and specialty care providers and patient engagement and social support in order to improve the quality of specialty care services for underserved populations living with lung cancer, skin cancer or HIV.  Bridging Cancer Care focuses on pilot projects in select southeastern U.S. states with the highest lung cancer burden to advance evidence-based strategies to improve lung cancer screening and assist patients diagnosed with lung cancer access and navigate cancer care and community-based supportive services. Farmworker Justice received a two-year, $750,000 grant to engage a diverse range of stakeholders to develop a demonstration project in California and Florida to promote community integration of skin cancer services and reduce the impact of skin cancer among farmworkers and their families. Although farmworkers in the U.S. are exposed to living and working conditions that double their risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers, access to skin cancer prevention, screening and specialty care and services are difficult to obtain.  Read more at DermWire.