Recognizing the importance of early detection of cancers, The Rapides Foundation in 2009 unveiled the Cancer Screening Project in response to its 2005 Community Health Assessment that found too many Central Louisiana residents were not getting screened for breast, cervical and colon cancers. Early screening for certain cancers can be cost-effective and promote longer, healthier lives.
Based on those findings, the Foundation developed a plan with the goal of promoting early detection of cancer. Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with several nationally recognized leaders in cancer prevention and care to help improve cancer screening rates in the region.
The Cancer Screening Project is administered by CMAP and is part of The Rapides Foundation's Healthcare Access Initiative. The Foundation's initiative to increase cancer screenings includes offering access to a mobile cancer screening unit, producing a multi-media awareness campaign about the importance of cancer screening, and making available a Community Health Advisor to help navigate patients to available cancer screening services.