Recipients of the 2019 Access Grants


Novant Health   Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation 

   Recipient: Maria Kuklinski-Long

   Charlotte, North Carolina      

  Program Title: Lung Cancer Screening & Education Program   

Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection (NHCPED) staff improves access to care for under/uninsured individuals at high risk for lung cancer in Mecklenburg County through the Lung Cancer Screening and Education Program. Through partnerships with three local community health clinics (Shelter Health Services, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Lake Norman Community Health Clinic), NHCPED staff identifies and encourages under/uninsured high-risk individuals who are long-term smokers or have had long-term exposure to secondhand smoke to enroll in program activities. 

NHCPED staff collaborates with clinic partners to enroll 25 under/uninsured individuals for program services. Staff provides education, smoking cessation counseling, nicotine patches, low-dose CT scans and gasoline cards to patients who need transportation assistance for screening appointments to reduce late-stage lung cancer diagnoses among this population. 


  Cone Health Cancer Center

  Recipient: Christine Brannock

  Greensboro, North Carolina

  Program Title: Increase Access to Lung Cancer Screening


The project will offer a free lung cancer screening clinic that a Medical Oncologist, Pulmonologist, and Radiologist will see high-risk men and women within the community. The physicians will discuss the risks and benefits of low-dose lung cancer screening and assess if participants meet recommended guidelines. Referrals will be made for patients that are at high risk for lung cancer to have a low dose lung CT (Computed Tomography) completed. The grant will cover the cost of low dose lung CT screenings for high-risk patients that are uninsured. The objective of the project will be to increase lung cancer screenings in Guilford County for high-risk individuals between 55-80 years old. The goal is to reduce disparities for uninsured high-risk individuals within the community.


 Rebuilding Together of the Triangle

 Morrisville, North Carolina

 Recipient: Daniel Sargent

 Program Title: Radon Air Mitigation Systems for Low-Income Wake County Homeowners



Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) will be partnering with Wake County and NC DHHS to help install radon mitigation systems in the homes of low-income homeowners in eastern Wake County. This region is dealing with high radon levels and this program will work to reduce the level of radon in these families’ homes. RTT believes everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy home, and this program will support our efforts to improve the home environments for individuals and families in Wake County.


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