Grants will support screening and navigation, and create new strategies and models for overcoming barriers to care for low-income and minority populations
NEW YORK, February 1, 2016 /3BL Media/ – To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation today announced eight grants totaling nearly $11.5 million that will help make lung and skin cancer screening programs, care and patient support more accessible to underserved populations. The goal is to develop, validate and sustain models that deliver equitable and optimal outcomes.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to studying the impact on survivorship throughout the continuum of cancer care with the goal improving communication between patients and their care teams about quality of survival in cancer.
Research on the survivorship concept shows us that this is a growing concern, but there is a lack of a standardized definition and appropriate measures to evaluate the quality of survivorship, resulting in a new need for and focus on care beyond diagnosis and treatment.
At Bristol-Myers Squibb, sustainability means conducting our business to help patients prevail over serious diseases in a manner that contributes to economic growth, social responsibility and a healthy environment now and in the future. We are proud of our accomplishments and, at the same time, mindful that we must continue to improve if we are to fulfill our Mission and Commitment.
Sabrina’s cottage on a lake in Quebec is always full of people. While she’s busy living in the city, working at Bristol-Myers Squibb and traveling for her job, she makes sure to spend as many weekends as possible cooking for her large extended family and friends at a getaway she has treasured for years. In quiet moments, you might find her stretched out on a lounge chair on a dock overlooking a seemingly endless lake. She is probably thinking about her work with cancer communities and the patients who are fighting their bouts with cancer.
When her father got sick and struggled to navigate the U.S. healthcare system, Elizabeth realized just how much people are expected to know, and understand, to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Elizabeth’s journey to help improve communications with patients by creating a Universal Patient Language puts patients first—and allows patients to co-create materials using plain language and visuals that make sure the information being communicated is simple, understandable and helpful.
Babak immerses himself in his work. As a physician serving patients around the world, he learned more than just how to live and work in remote areas. Living and serving people in neglected communities trained Babak to accommodate the dynamics of isolated, resource-poor populations – cultures of need. His current role leading medical teams, researching new medicines and conducting clinical trials aligns perfectly with his mission to help address areas of significant unmet medical need.