The Men’s Health Institute
African-American men are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as Caucasian men. To help correct this health disparity, Saint Francis has partnered with Curtis D. Robinson, prostate cancer survivor, philanthropist, business magnate and passionate advocate and with more than 30 faith-based and community organizations to develop The Men's Health Institute.
Our goals are patient education, early detection, appropriate treatment, access to the most advanced treatment options, and continued support for men at risk. To meet these goals, we provide the following:
- Private prostate cancer testing and screening
- Referral, as needed, to Saint Francis physicians for further examination and treatment, and access to all available treatment options
- Monthly prostate cancer support group meetings with featured speakers and related topics
- Financial assistance for prostate cancer care and treatment, according to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center guidelines
Given what we know about the role of the social determinants of health (such as; education, housing, access to healthy food, and community stability etc.) it is incumbent upon healthcare systems to engage community partners to address these concerns. The CDRCHE works closely with a local community development agency, Community Solutions; an obesity prevention initiative led by the YMCA’s REACH Coalition; the Hispanic Health Council to provide diversity training; and local faith based organization to offer clinical screening in the community.
Community Outreach at Saint Francis
Saint Francis has a number of community outreach programs throughout the hospital and the CDRCHE convenes regular meetings for these groups to strategize about the best way to reach targeted communities. The Community Outreach brochure highlights these programs and is available with further information about each of them here: http://www.saintfranciscare.cm/CommunityOutreach/
Clinical Screenings in the Community
The CDRCHE has expanded community engagement by offering programs that respond to community needs and priorities. Recent work with two large local churches provide an opportunity to engage community members in diabetes education, training and screening to focus on prevention of disease rather than treatment of illness. These programs are expanding as the Center grows and the community response has been positive. As was the case with the Men’s Health Institute, we are finding that community engagement involves building trust and developing long term sustained relationships which result in the ability to better understand how to provide services that “work” for the communities most in need.