Posted March 1, 2012
The See, Test & Treat® program, a CAP Foundation humanitarian funding effort, provides free cervical and breast cancer screenings to women in medically underserved communities. See, Test & Treat addresses the critical importance for women to have access to these potentially lifesaving screening tests regardless of their ability to pay or their medical insurance coverage status.
CAP member pathologists partner with gynecologists, radiologists, and other clinicians to perform screening tests and provide results. Women receive a clinical exam, pap test and mammogram and get the results, along with a follow-up care plan if needed—all in one day and all at no cost. Pathologists have an opportunity to do direct patient care and work alongside other clinicians.
The program serves to educate the public about the important role that pathologists play on the patient care team and fosters partnerships between pathologists, health care professionals, and patient advocacy groups.
Hospital or clinics who have scheduled or have a strong interest in scheduling a See, Test & Treat program offering free cervical and breast screening to uninsured and underinsured women in the United States. Grants are available, up to $25,000, for each program site.
A pathologist, who is a member of the College of American Pathologists, must be part of the on-site health care team providing the diagnostic services at the See, Test & Treat program.
The screening results, made possible by the volunteer interdisciplinary team, are conveyed to the patient on the day that she is tested. When abnormal test results are discovered, as much further testing as possible is conducted on site. If further treatment is necessary, it is scheduled in a timely manner with a health care provider. Each program provides follow-up care to the patient.
A completed and signed See, Test & Treat application must be submitted a minimum of 90 days before the scheduled program.
The CAP Foundation Grants Committee will review all applications and award funds on behalf of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors. Factors considered will include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to reduce barriers to cervical and breast cancer screening
- Increasing the number of women receiving these screenings and needed follow-up care
- Further early detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancers
- Improve survival rates for participating women diagnosed with cervical and breast cancers
- Decrease anxiety related to test results and potential next steps
- Demonstration of measurable results or health outcomes
- Creation of repeatable programs
- Utilization of innovative and sustainable approaches
All entities applying for See, Test & Treat program grants from the CAP Foundation must demonstrate solid financial and program management. No later than 15 days after the program, submission of a See, Test & Treat program outcome data worksheet is required. In addition, all See, Test & Treat programs receiving funding will be required to submit proof of expenses incurred for items funded through the grant in order for the CAP Foundation to monitor the actual program costs.