PUBLISHED: 11:14 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Funding available for cancer prevention in minority populations
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced funding for cancer prevention and treatment demonstration specifically for ethnic and racial minorities. Public and non-profit private entities, including tribal, faith-based and community-based organizations can apply.

The goal of the program is toreduce disparities and improve early detection and treatment for cancer for American Indian (including Alaskan Native, Eskimo and Aleutian), Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries. Demonstration sites will provide services to facilitate cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, helping minority beneficiaries "navigate" the healthcare system in a more timely and informative manner.

$25 million will fund up to nine awards, and applications are due March 23, 2005.

The program announcement can be read at