Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium
Established in 1990, the mission of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium (CCDC) is to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases among low income, minority, high risk and underserved populations of El Paso and West Texas as well as Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The CCDC unites groups and individuals entities that include other community based organizations, foundations, private citizens, voluntary health agencies, community clinics, and state agencies as well as subcontracting providers. The CCDC serves as a coordinating agency among these groups to improve the delivery of breast and cervical cancer screening services to low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking women. In 1994, the CCDC received a grant from CPRIT formally known as the Texas Cancer Council to begin using promotoras to provide health information, education, and outreach, case management, patient navigation, and networking with community providers to improve patient access to health-care. Within two years, the early stage diagnoses almost doubled with a similar reduction in late stage diagnoses. Through the Texas Department of State Health Services, the CCDC has participated in the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for 30 years and served over 254,000.00 clients through outreach, screening, and case management. While the CCDC has focused primarily on breast and cervical cancer screening, they have also conducted projects in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, and genetic screening in collaboration with several academic institutions around the State.
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