The centers are among 810 nationwide that received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to help them become "medical homes" that will coordinate patients' care. DHH says patients seen in such practices get more preventive services, including cervical cancer screening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that cervical cancer it kills more than 4,000 women a year in the United States.
The Pap test and the human papilloma virus test are used to detect pre-cancerous changes. Treating those will keep them from becoming cancers.
The grant recipients included Greene Area Medical Extenders, Leakesville; Central Mississippi Health Services, Jackson; Coastal Family Health Center, Biloxi ; Family Health Care Clinic, Pearl; Family Health Center, Laurel; Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Fayette; Northeast Mississippi Health Care, Byhalia; Amite County Medical Services, Liberty; Delta Health Center, Mound Bayou ; G.A. Carmichael Family Health Care Clinic, Canton; Greater Meridian Health Clinic, Meridian; Mantachie Rural Health Care, Mantachie; Outreach Health Services, Shubuta; Access Family Health Services, Smithville; Claiborne County Family Health Center, Port Gibson; Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center, Clarksdale; and Central Mississippi Civic Improvement, Jackson.