2011 Community Outreach Report 
 
In 2011 the Saint Louis University Cancer Center Outreach experienced new heights in the community. The Cancer Center held its first community health fair on March 26, 2011. The health fair was a success with an attendance of 200 participants.  Sponsors of the health fair included Saint Louis University Hospital Auxiliary, SLUCare, The Physicians of Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University Hospital. There were several departments within the Hospital and the Cancer Center that collaborated and supported the health fair in the community. 

Each health fair participant received a Cancer Center tote bag and premium give-a-way items.  Also, the participants were treated to a cooking demonstration by the Cancer Center’s Dietitian that served healthy smoothies and healthy vegetarian quesadillas.  Another component of the health fair was an excellent vendor display area which gave the participants an opportunity to talk one-on-one with physicians, nurses and staff from the following departments and community organizations:

·         Otolaryngology

·         Neurosurgery

·         Grand Vision Cancer Information Center

·         Oncology Social Services/Bridging the Gap Emergency Breast Program

·         Hereditary Cancer Program / Show Me Healthy Women Program / Breast Center

·         Cancer Nutrition

·         Dermatology

·         Pulmonary

·         Hepatology / Gastroenterology

·         Urology

·         Gynecological Oncology

·         Medical Oncology

·         SLU Hospital Laboratory / SLU Hospital Patient Access Services

·         The Empowerment Network /Lung Cancer Connection / Be The Match Marrow Registry

In addition to touring the vendor display area, the participants also were offered cancer screenings and a lecture series by SLUCare physicians on the following topics: skin cancer, hereditary cancer, lung cancer and gynecological cancer.  The cancer screenings were provided by the SLUCare physicians from the Otolaryngology (ENT) Department (head and neck cancer screening), Dermatology Department (skin cancer screening), the Division of Urology along with Saint Louis University Hospital Laboratory staff and the Cancer Center’s community partner, The Empowerment Network (prostate cancer education and screening). Also, the physicians that support the Breast Health Center, the Hereditary Cancer Risk Director along with the Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator provided breast cancer screenings (through the generous support of the Show Me Healthy Women Program and St Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen).

Our cancer screening results from the community health fair is as follows:

·         67 participants were screened for head and neck cancer

·         61 participants were screened for skin cancer

·         41 men were screened for prostate cancer

·         7 women were screened for breast cancer   

Also, the participants provided very valuable comments that we will incorporate when planning our next health fair.  The feedback we received from the satisfaction surveys filled out by participants showed the screenings and lecture series were very positive.  The participants expressed their appreciation for these services.

2011 Missouri Black Expo

Saint Louis University Cancer Center and Saint Louis University Hospital participated in the 2011 Missouri Black Expo (MBE) Health Fair on August 20 – 21. The MBE reported an attendance of 17,000 in 2011.  The Cancer Information Center Nurses provided cancer education materials, posters/displays and answered questions participants had about cancer. The ENT Department led by Mark A. Varvares, MD, Chairman Department of Otolaryngology and Director of Saint Louis University Cancer Center screened 108 people for head and neck cancer.  Also, the Cancer Center’s Nurse Navigator for our Show Me Healthy Women Program educated women about the early detection of breast cancer and scheduled women who were uninsured and under-insured for free breast and cervical cancer screenings.  Also, Saint Louis University Hospital supported the MBE by providing physicians and nurses from Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine who volunteered their time to provide education and health screenings to the community. The Hospital’s Emergency Services Department provided the following health screenings at the MBE: blood pressure, diabetes testing, cholesterol testing, kidney testing, body mass index, height/weight and electrocardiograms (EKGs) for a total of 1,683 health exams.

The Cancer Center continues to strive to meet the cancer health care needs of our community by collaborating with community partners. The outreach team which is composed of dedicated physicians, nurses and other staff are making a significant impact in addressing health care disparities in our community.