Improving Cancer Survival Rates in the Fire Service 2019-2020

15-40 Connection and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine both work to provide access to vital health information to improve quality of life and the healthcare experience, especially in those audiences identified to have a greater need for these services. To close the gap in delayed diagnosis of cancer and provide the best medicine for cancer- early detection- individuals need to be empowered through an integrated approach to health education that drives behavior change. 15-40 Connection is the only organization that is using the power of patient awareness as the focus in the path to diagnosis with its 3 Steps Detect early detection education. 15-40 Connection is teaching audiences in high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations and community groups how to recognize early warning signs of cancer and how to work with doctors to detect their cancer at the earliest stages. A critical element of this education is continuity, reinforcement and access to reliable information and advice. Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has allowed for the incorporation of NNLM/Medline Plus resources into our 3 Steps Detect early detection education. All audiences we teach are provided Medline Plus as their credible resources for reliable and up-to-date information regarding doctor/patient relationships, symptoms, confidentiality and patient's rights.

Project Details

Organization Name

15-40 Connection

Organization Type
Community-based organization
Project Lead

Tricia Scannell Laursen

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Public Health Professional
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans
Asians/Asian Americans
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health