Increasing Cancer Screening for Uninsured and Underinsured

May 3, 2022

Cost: $99
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022; 1-2pm ET

Increasing Cancer Screening for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) Practice Transformation team works with multiple partners to close the gap in health status and life expectancy between rural and urban communities in the Palmetto State. A main partner in this effort is the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Division of Cancer Prevention & Control's Best Chance Network, SC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detention Program. The program provides breast and cervical cancer screening at no cost for women who live in the state and meet eligibility requirements. Covered services include breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic exams, HPV tests, diagnostic testing and referrals to treatment. 

For 4 years, the team has partnered with DHEC’s Best Chance Network and other community partners to improve breast and cervical cancer screening rates throughout rural SC. Rural practices are engaged and supported in integrating evidence-based interventions that fit the needs of their patient population and the operational needs of the practice. Interventions include provider assessment and feedback, reducing structural barriers, eliminating out-of-pocket costs, improving patient education and patient/provider reminders. Improvement strategies include team-based care, EHR and quality data optimization, cultural change, reporting quality metrics and developing standard workflows, policies and procedures. Improvement strategies align with PCMH standards.

Practices can participate in monthly webinars, annual workshops, regional learning sessions and online learning modules. A number of practices report outcomes annually to demonstrate progress to the CDC. Practices are also provided with intensive practice facilitation through the SCORH Practice Transformation Team. Prior to COVID-19, practice transformation consultants had regular face-to-face meetings; since the onset of the pandemic, the team has shifted to virtual meetings and screen sharing to stay connected and provide ongoing support /facilitation and consultation.


Target Audience

•    Community-based Organizations
•    Health Plans
•    Health Systems

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the core components of the Best Chance Network Program.
  • Identify the mechanisms of the partnership between a state health department and a Practice Transformation team within an Office of Rural Health.
  • Explain how clinical data can inform population-based care decision.
  • Describe how partnerships between public health programs and practice-focused transformation support that focus on prevention can improve health outcomes for rural communities'.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/03/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/03/2022 - 2:00pm EDT

Trenessa Jones, DSL

Dr. Trenessa Jones joined the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2016 and is currently Best Chance Network (BCN) Program Director of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. In this role, she is responsible for day-to-day program management, including grant management, provider education, contract management, billing and patient navigation, and manages all aspects of BCN throughout the state.

Trenessa received a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. She received both her MS in Journalism and her DSL, with a concentration in Organizational Management, from Regent University.

Lashandal Pettaway-Brown, MHA, MBA, PCMH CCE

LaShandal Pettaway-Brown is a Practice Transformation Consultant for South Carolina Rural Health. She is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Medical Oral Expanded Care Collaborative and Practice Transformation, which provides technical assistance, practice assessment, change facilitation and consultation as rural providers adapt to change. LaShandal is a Patient Centered Medical Home Content Expert and Certified Diabetes Lifestyle Coach.

Prior to her role at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, she served as a Quality Improvement Coordinator at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, where she focused on The Million Hearts Initiative, Physician Quality Reporting System, Meaningful Use and the patient-centered medical home.

LaShandal received an MBA and an MHA from Webster University. She earned her BS, with specialization in Healthcare Administration, from Austin Peay State University.

Lindsay Williams, RHIT, CCA, PCMH CCE

Lindsay Williams joined the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in 2010 and currently serves as a Practice Transformation Consultant for the Center for Practice Transformation. In this role, she is responsible for providing assistance, knowledge and tools around change concepts in access, chronic disease, data collection, workflows and team-based care, helping practices and health systems assess their patient population and working on performance improvement initiatives throughout the state.

Lindsay received an Associate degree in Health Information Management and a certificate in medical record coding from Midlands Technical College. She is certified through the American Health Information Management Association as a Registered Health Information Management Technician and Certified Coding Associate, and has her PCMH Content Expert Certification from NCQA.


In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. 

This educational activity is approved for: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

This educational activity is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.*

This live course grants 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:

Trenessa Jones: None
LaShandal Pettaway-Brown: None
Lindsay Williams: None

Additional Planning Committee Members:
Wanda Ali: None
Cathy Beckner: None
Joseph Stankaitis: None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 IPCE
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE


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