Dr. Chris Louis, assistant professor of health law, policy, & management at Boston University School of Public Health, is part of a research team that has received a $1 million Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society for a study that will examine breast cancer screening rates in the rural Appalachian region.
In collaboration with researchers from the University of Virginia, Dr. Louis will examine how the policies, practices, and resources of mammography screening facilities affect screening rates and breast cancer incidence among women in the region’s underserved counties.
The team, which began the five-year study in January, will collect survey data on the organizational structure of more than 300 mammography facilities, and will compare that information with healthcare claims data from more than 1.2 million women who receive Medicare or Medicaid insurance in the Appalachian region. By studying factors such as wait times, hours of operation, community outreach, and scope of services, Dr. Louis and the team hope to identify the structural features of these facilities that can reduce poverty-linked disparities in breast cancer screenings and mortality.
“This study is a great opportunity to understand how organizational practices and policies are impacting mammography screening rates in underserved areas,” says Dr. Louis.
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