Published on October 1, 2013
Contact: Phil Hernandez, Communications
NorthPoint Health & Wellness
Contact: Marikay Martin, CAP Foundation
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7466
Eighth NorthPoint See, Test & Treat® Brings Free Cervical, Breast Cancer Screening to Minneapolis/St. Paul
Women in Need
Laboratory Specialists Deliver Same-Day Results; Remove Barriers, Grow Access to Care
Northfield, IL—Hennepin County Medical Center pathologist Bradley M. Linzie, MD, FCAP, continues to break barriers and improve access to health services for medically underserved women across Minnesota. And as he concludes his year as the winner of the first Herbek Humanitarian Award, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation’s highest honor, he shows no signs of stopping.
Backed by a grant from the CAP Foundation, Dr. Linzie is leading a team of clinical volunteers to deliver the eighth consecutive annual See, Test & Treat free cervical and breast cancer screening at the NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Minneapolis, on October 1, 2 and 3, 2013. The program offers culturally sensitive access to free preventive care, including Pap tests and mammography, with results and follow-up consults delivered the same day.
Since receiving the 2012 Herbek Humanitarian for his service to See, Test & Treat, Dr. Linzie has taken community health education and laboratory medicine where no physician has gone before: fashion shows for cancer survivors, Hmong teas, and Twin Cities’ television, for example.
Armed with what he call his “Herbek Award microscope, digital hi-def camera and monitor,” gear he purchased with the $22,000 humanitarian award, Dr. Linzie routinely educates area communities on medicine’s more mysterious side—the world of cancer versus healthy cells under the microscope.
“And each year we offer See, Test & Treat, we learn more about the needs of our community,” Dr. Linzie said. “For example, we know that many women here in Hennepin County have never had a mammogram or Pap test. And that’s disturbing, because we also know that cancer survival rates are directly related to the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.”
As a result, this year the NorthPoint staff is particularly focused on reaching women age 40 or older who are without medical insurance or who have not had these tests within at least the last three years. Language interpreters are conducting grass-roots community outreach and also will be on site to help patients who speak Somali, Spanish and Hmong. NorthPoint staff members are scheduling appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day and walk-ins are welcome.
“The See, Test & Treat program helps connect women with care in their communities—care that speaks their language and understands their challenges,” Dr. Linzie said. “With regular screening, these women can learn more about their unique risks, and we can detect cancers early, when the potential for survival is greatest.”
While awaiting their test results, participants can review multi-lingual health education materials. Moreover, interested patients can also view abnormal and normal cells microscope slides alongside Dr. Linzie and the interdisciplinary team of clinical volunteers that includes cytopathologists, gynecologists, internists, radiologists, nurses, medical students, medical technologists and others.
Through the CAP Foundation’s See Test & Treat, a growing number of underserved women are gaining access to care and understanding of wellness. Pathologists who are members of the CAP volunteer their time and expertise to coordinate and provide See, Test & Treat screenings in different cities in the U.S.
As physicians who diagnose diseases through laboratory medicine, pathologists are uniquely qualified to explain the importance of regular cervical and breast cancer screenings and the value that immediate test results and treatment can have in reducing deaths caused by these forms of cancer. Tailored to the needs of each targeted community, this patient-centered, coordinated approach helps ensure that underserved women gain the early detection advantage and life-saving services that pathologists provide.
Additional supporters of See, Test & Treat include Hologic, Inc., Bedford, Mass., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems, and surgical products. “Hologic is a longtime supporter of the See, Test & Treat Program® because we believe it is important that all women have access to quality healthcare,” said Meg Eckenroad, Hologic’s vice president of women’s health.
About the College of American Pathologists and CAP Foundation
As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years with more than 7,500 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter at @pathologists.
The CAP Foundation, its philanthropic arm, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.