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Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance, Inc. (SEGCA)
P.O. Box 22204, Savannah, GA 31403; 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404

In April 2004, the Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance (SEGCA) was designated a Regional Program of Excellence by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. The mission of the SEGCA is to reduce deaths from cancer and disparities in cancer care. The organizing dynamic of that mission is cancer research: gathering and analyzing county-specific data relative to epidemiologic indices such as at-risk population, incidence and prevalence; available resources; measurements of progress in delivering and accessing cancer care.

The encompassing strategy is to make the SEGCA a "laboratory" to:

  1. address the reduction of cancer-related deaths by addressing the disparities and gaps in cancer care.
  2. provide a base-line set of regional cancer-related data to measure progress and for future grant-writing opportunities.
  3. measure progress in cancer education, prevention, screening, diagnosing, treatment, and palliation services
  4. organize for strategic planning to obtain funding to address specific
    identified needs.
  5. use metrics to determine actions, and to evaluate those actions.
  6. continually refine and redirect research initiatives.

Contact Information
James F. Repella, Ph.D., President
P: 912-350-3726 F: 912-350-7041; E: drrepella@memorialhealth.com

Website: www.healthscience.armstrong.edu/SEGCA

Communities Served
The SEGCA covers a 24 county area, bounded by Brunswick, Douglas, Savannah, Statesboro, and Waycross. Counties served include Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bullock, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware, and Wayne. (The cities are Brunswick, Douglas, Hinesville, Statesboro, Savannah, St. Mary’s, Vidalia, and Waycross.)

Initiatives

July 2006 through June 2007

  • In cooperation with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the SEGCA completed a preliminary study entitled The Block Captain War on Cancer to measure the effects of presenting the ACS’ colorectal and prostate education programs to disadvantaged, at-risk populations in six (6) counties. This study involved offering 30 colorectal and prostate cancer programs to 232 at-risk participants.
  • The SEGCA made a poster presentation of the Block Captain project at the American Cancer Society’s national conference in New Orleans on April 2007 and at the annual meting of the Association of Allied Health’s meeting in San Diego on October 2007.
  • The SEGCA continues to provide leadership in the Georgia Cancer Coalition-funded South Georgia Assessment Project. Data is being collected in six (6) pilot counties: two (2) each in southeast, southwest, and central Georgia.
  • The SEGCA is working closely with the American Cancer Society to develop a financial roadmap to help uninsured and underinsured people to access cancer-related screenings.

Pre- July 2006 initiatives
Focused demographic/epidemiologic research:

  • With an NBLIC grant, the SEGCA studied the effect of education and prevention activities on participation in screening and diagnostic activities in three African American churches: one urban, one suburban, and one rural.
  • With an ACS grant, the SEGCA studied the effect of education and prevention activities on participation in screening and diagnostic activities in an urban (Chatham), a suburban (McIntosh), and a rural (Camden)county.
  • With the funding of the $32,000 Department of Health and Regh grant, studying effect of education and prevention activities on participation in screening and diagnostic activities in a comparable urban (Glynn), a suburban (Bryan), and a rural (Evans) county. This funding permitted the study to include both colorectal AND prostate cancers, and “drill down” to gather more data using additional tools (i.e. follow-up surveys; focus groups)
  • comparing data between and among counties to determine most effective education and prevention activities.

Professional Education Initiatives to address cancer-related personnel shortages

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University implemented new programs in Nuclear Medicine and Sonography, and enhanced existing programs in Medical Technology and Nursing.
  • Ogeechee Technological Institute, with financial support from the SEGCA, implemented an on-line, associate degree Tumor Registrar program.

Partners

  • The SEGCA partners with
  • Two (2) public health districts (9-1and 9-2)
  • Three (3) cancer centers including
    1. The Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion (LCRP) at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System
    2. The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah
    3. Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center
  • Seventeen (17) other health care systems and hospitals
  • Three (3) hospices
  • Ten (10) institutions of higher education, and K – 12 schools.
  • Physicians, nurses and allied health professionals
  • Representatives of community and cancer-related community - based organizations including the local and regionalAmerican Cancer Society, the Georgia Cancer Foundation, Georgia CORE, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the Komen and Lance Armstrong Foundations, and the local and state-wide National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III (NBLIC).
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

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