Lifelong has partnered with Sutter Health to bring the mammography van to our sites to reduce barriers and increase access to preventative screening for our patients. Our Quality Improvement Team helps facilitate site outreach and Lyft ride access and provides incentives to patients for completing their screenings. On November 4, we held an event at Pinole and one in East Oakland on October 28.
Access to screenings is critical for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Traditionally underserved communities are among the most vulnerable populations, so LifeLong and Sutter are providing these services regardless of income, housing, or immigration status.
Breast cancer screening is one of LifeLong’s 10 core quality measures. Recently we surpassed our own goals, particularly for Spanish-speaking patients. When data showed that Latinas were lagging way behind White and Black women in getting mammograms, the team sprang into action offering support and incentives. Now screenings among Spanish-speaking women are on par. The mobile van is one significant tool to overcome barriers to getting screened.
(Main Page) East Oakland Health Center Staff: Barbara Robinson – Registered Nurse, Robin Walker – Front Office Coordinator, Alisha Walker – Lead Medical Assistant, Courtnei Jones – Front Office Coordinator, Nai Saechao – Center Supervisor, Josalynn Neal – Wellness Program Manager, Pati Espinoza – Quality Improvement Coordinator, Yesica Guzman – Cancer Prevention Specialist.
Pinole Health Center Staff: Alma Sweeney- Center Director, Vanessa Cisneros- Center Supervisor, Jennifer Rios – Medical Assistant.
Quality Improvement Dept. Staff : Yesica Guzman – Cancer Prevention Specialist; Pati Espinoza – Quality Improvement Coordinator.
Bilan Jirde – AmeriCorps Health Fellows Program Manager.