Georgia CORE's Accomplishments
2020 Organizational Highlights: Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation
Providing Prevention Services to Georgians Who Need Them Most
Providing Georgia CORE received a five-year grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the amount of $795,560 per year to provide colorectal screening, education, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 under resourced Georgians. Georgia CORE will provide administrative and fiscal oversight for the program, and the services will be provided by Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University and three cancer care providers in the Albany area – Albany Area Primary Care, Horizons Community Solutions, and Phoebe Putney Health System, as well as designated Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout southeast and southwest Georgia.
Creating Partnerships to Provide Cancer Research, Screening and Navigation
GA NCORP received an $11 million, six-year grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute based on the partnership between Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (Atlanta), Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion/St. Joseph’s Candler (Savannah) and Georgia CORE with network affiliates Harbin Clinic (Rome), Navicent Health (Macon), Northeast Georgia Medical Center (Gainesville), Piedmont Columbus Regional (Columbus) and South Georgia Medical Center (Valdosta). GA NCORP has 103 physician investigators, 93 clinical research studies and 952 patients enrolled. 2019 activity included accruals to Treatment, Cancer Prevention & Control, Precision Medicine and Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) trials across 16 disease sites/cancer types.
Genetics Work Identifies High-risk Georgia Women Before a Diagnosis of Cancer
The Georgia Department of Public Health provides funding to support Georgia CORE’s genetic screening, testing, counseling, navigation and education program in 14 public health centers across the state including telehealth services and web-based screening of 5558 patients for:
- Positive online screens = 276 (5%)
- Number of those patients tested = 73
- Of patients tested, number who were positive/pathogenic = 8%; of the 8% positive, 88.9% HBOC-related and 11% Lynch-related
- Referrals = 268
- Risk assessment and pedigree development = 493
- Pre/Post counseling = 105
- Encounters and navigation = 402
- Education for clients and staff = 1356
Leveraging Breast Cancer License Tag Sales to Save Lives
The State Office of Rural Health, Georgia Department of Community Health provided funding from the sale of Breast Cancer License Tags for Georgia CORE’s Breast Cancer Screening Partnerships. Eight awards totaling $400,000 were given to Center for Black Women’s Wellness (Atlanta), East Georgia Cancer Coalition (Athens), Grady Health Foundation (Atlanta), Horizons Community Solutions (Albany), Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia), Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition (Columbus) and YWCA of Greater Atlanta for provision of breast cancer screening, navigation, outreach, education and treatment to 3,419 women served for:
- Education = 3,179
- Navigation = 3,408
- Screening mammograms = 1,590
- Diagnostic mammograms or advanced exams = 230
- CTs & MRIs = 26
- Cancer diagnoses = 9
Funding Promising Research
With proceeds from donations to the Georgia Income Tax Fund for Cancer Research, Georgia CORE joined with It’s the Journey and A Cure in Our Lifetime to provide a $100,000 grant to Morehouse School of Medicine researcher Dr. Veena Rao for breast cancer research based on scientific review conducted by members of the Georgia CORE Board of Directors.
Addressing Unmet Needs and Disparities
Georgia CORE collects data on its progress ensuring that minority and underserved Georgians benefit from quality patient care including clinical trials, cancer screening and genetic services. Racial and ethnic minorities received 79% of the cancer screening and navigation services; 63% of the genetic screening, testing and counseling; and 23% of the clinical trials provided by Georgia CORE and our partners. Rural Georgians received 12% of the trials.
The unmet needs of cancer survivors – physical, mental, financial and spiritual – were the focus of a publication, a report and numerous presentations on cancer survivorship. Georgia CORE’s survivorship program is designed to meet these needs in partnership with members of the Survivorship Advisory Board, GC3 Survivorship Working Group, Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia and other partners.
Advocating for Investment of Georgia’s Tobacco Settlement Funds
Georgia CORE published its cancer policy report Five Actions to Save More Lives, and it was introduced at the organization’s Legislative Advocacy Breakfast and presented to Governor Brian Kemp, members of the Georgia General Assembly and Constitutional Officers. The report tracks 20 years of Georgia’s investments of tobacco settlement funding and documents progress in controlling cancer. A panel of experts convened by Georgia CORE developed recommendations for future funding based on outcomes and opportunities. Top priorities include enhanced funding of colorectal and lung cancers. Sponsors of the report are Aflac, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Health Foundation and Georgia Department of Public Health.
Strategic Planning to Improve Care and Measure Cancer Outcomes
Through its co-leadership of the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia CORE worked with more than 75 partner organizations to develop the five-year Georgia Cancer Plan. The plan includes measurable goals to:
I. Support Cancer Prevention Efforts with a Focus on HPV Prevention;
II. Detect Cancers Early and Screening Appropriately for Target Cancers;
III. Maintain Excellence in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancers;
IV. Facilitate Statewide Access to Palliative Care and Support; and
V. Improve Quality of Life for Survivors
Georgia CORE’s Board of Directors developed a new Strategic Plan to guide the organization’s growth over the next three years.
Educating Cancer Care Professionals
Highlights included the Seay Lecture, co-sponsored by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Atlanta Cancer Care and GASCO, on the future of personalized medicine in oncology; GA NCORP Investigators and Administrators meeting; annual conference for Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia “Navigating A Changing Reality: Surviving the Cancer Care Experience;” $2,000 Matt Mumber, MD Visionary Award for excellence to Ms. Lynn Rabun, RN, BSN, OCN, Oncology Navigator, Redmond Regional Medical Center, co-sponsored by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology; and “Financial Toxicity and Cancer Care” webinar for cancer patient navigators.
Investing in GeorgiaCancerInfo.org
Our newly designed and merged website was launched to serve as the one-stop shop for all things involved with cancer care in Georgia. Funded in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, the new website reflects innovative technology to provide easier website management, a more user-friendly experience, and a better cohesive design to not only reflect the data and resources provided through the original GeorgiaCancerInfo, but also the program and organizational information of Georgia CORE. Traffic immediately picked up over prior year: 227% increase in pageviews; 102% increase in users; and a 59% bounce rate decrease indicating users are staying on the website and viewing other pages.
Last Updated: 8/30/2021 2:25:53 PM