Bridging Cancer Care directs funding and develops partnerships to help narrow the differences in care and outcomes experienced by countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Priorities include capacity building for training oncology, general practice and public health nurses to increase their ability to care for cancer patients in the community, targeting funding at the community level and seeking to improve patient health outcomes and their quality of life
Bridging Cancer Care creates innovative partnerships with government and civil society organizations to support the public health response to cancer. Funding and initiatives are targeted at the community level for health care worker training (professional and lay), and for community mobilization, education and supportive services that remove barriers to care and support patients as they manage their disease at home and in the community. Bridging Cancer Care focuses on populations disproportionately affected by cancer, including the poor, ethnic minorities and people living in rural communities with limited access to cancer services.
Lessons learned are shared at annual conferences and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation advocates with its partners for improvements in standard of care and enabling policies based on the lessons learned.
In 2013, the Foundation awarded two, two-year grants totaling $700,000 to establish Cancer Nursing Centers of Excellence in oncology nursing and smoking cessation in Saratov Oblast, Russia, and Prague, Czech Republic. The centers will offer training and technical assistance to nurses and will disseminate lessons and impactful approaches to broader audiences throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
To date, the program has trained 5,700 healthcare workers and provided educational initatives for 476,000 people.
|Location||Eastern Europe, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia|