Crawford County Health Officer Rebecca Adamson presented the Crawford County Commission with news about early cancer detection efforts in southeast Kansas at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Adamson discussed the Early Detection Works grant, which has been awarded to the Crawford County Health Department by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE’s Early Detection Works program’s goal is to reduce death from breast and cervical cancer among women in Kansas.
The program looks to help low-income and medically underserved women in the state by funding screenings, but also works toward increasing education, awareness, resources and more.
In Crawford County, Adamson said the grant will pay in-full the expenses for a nurse and clerk to perform screenings and more through Early Detection Works. The grant will pay the salaries and benefits of the two positions, as well as cover travel expenses — Crawford County Health is the EDW regional hub for 12 counties.
“This is a one-of-a-kind grant,” Adamson said. “We don’t have to match a percentage, the grant covers everything.”
(Read more: Pittsburg Morning Sun)