We at the American Cancer Society wish to take this opportunity during National Health Center Week to acknowledge and thank Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky Inc for the lifesaving work they do in our community. The quality of care that Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky, Inc provides to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, is essential to preventing cancer and reducing the burden of cancer, including for the most vulnerable populations.
Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing, and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services. Additionally, persons with lower socioeconomic status are more likely to experience increased cancer risks due to tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor diet due to environmental or community barriers that provide fewer opportunities for physical activity and less access to fruits and vegetables.
“Their mission and ours make us natural allies in the fight against cancer and in improving the health of people affected by the disease, their families, and the communities we serve and live. The American Cancer Society is committed to staying engaged with health centers across the state of Kentucky to help support continued improvements in the coming years,” said Tammy Tinsley, Primary Care Manager for Kentucky. “As a consultant for health centers across the state, my focus is collaborating with the clinicians and care staff to provide guidance and support on evidence-based strategies that can benefit their practice and their patients.”
The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves equal access to cancer education, screening tests, and follow-up care and screening can help save lives if people get tested and cancer is detected early. But for many people who are underinsured or uninsured, getting screened can be difficult, if not impossible. The American Cancer Society is committed to partnering with community health centers to reach these overburdened populations and acknowledges the work health centers are doing across the country to ensure everyone has equal access to cancer education, screening tests, and follow-up care. “It is our privilege to work with the dedicated staff and clinicians at Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky, Inc. to help reach these overburdened populations,” stated Tinsley.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.