BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The United Health Foundation gave a $2.3 million grant to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge to enhance cancer services in underserved communities in Louisiana.
“In our ongoing effort to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer, we are grateful for the United Health Foundation’s generous grant partnership,” said Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “This support will enable Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to expand access to education and life-saving early detection cancer screenings for prostate and colorectal cancer communities where it is needed most.”
According to a news release from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the grant will provide access to prostate and colorectal cancer education, screening and support for historically underserved individuals in Louisiana.
The cancer center states that the three-year partnership between the United Health Foundation and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will allow for more expansion on prevention education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment support, and survivorship programs.
“We are honored to partner with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to help them expand these innovative ways to meet people where they are and bring health care to them,” said Dr. Kevin Stephens, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare employee and Individual Plans of Louisiana.
Click here to learn more about the partnership between the United Health Foundation and Mary Bird Perkins.