Too Many People and Not Enough Screenings–Here’s How Maine Primary Care Association and the Maine CDC Tackled It

In Maine, where distances are vast and the weather is extreme, too few people were getting mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies. Plus, it was tough to train the people who could help. Here’s how they made a difference in health outcomes with patient navigator training.

Much of the problem comes down to the geography of Maine: it’s a huge state, bisected with mountain ranges and bordered with a squiggly coastline. Not only is that problematic for the people who need access to services in health centers around the state, it’s also a challenge for the people who can help to reach clients and patients.

The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) knew about this, and they wanted to increase access to vital cancer screenings, including mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies. They also knew the answer partly lay with training groups of patient navigators, who could help connect at-risk people with services.Talance provided them with a patient navigator training solution that resulted in significant results, documented in our newest case study.

From October 2012 to April 2014, colonoscopies increased about 20 percent, pap smears about 10 percent, and mammograms about 7 percent.

Want to learn more? Read about how their online training program was created.

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