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CDC Awards Programmatic Funding to Support Breast Cancer Genomics

CDC funded three state health departments for a three-year cooperative agreement, "Enhancing Breast Cancer Genomic Practices through Education, Surveillance, and Policy," as part of a broader effort by CDC to support the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, section 10413 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

About the Cooperative Agreement

This funding catalyzes the adoption of evidence-based recommendations for breast cancer genomic tests and other related interventions into health practice in a way that maximizes health benefits and minimizes harm to individuals and populations. Funding enhances the state health departments' capacities to promote applications of evidence-based breast cancer genomics best practices through education, surveillance, and policy, and thus address the needs of young women at high risk for developing breast cancer. Funded applicants will develop or enhance activities related to promotion of breast cancer genomics, for example—

  • Increase appropriate BRCA 1/2 counseling and testing.
  • Increase insurance coverage of BRCA 1/2 and related clinical interventions for appropriate women.
  • Develop educational programs to increase the public's and health care provider's knowledge about family history, risk assessment, and the appropriateness of BRCA 1/2 counseling and testing.

About the Awardees

CDC received applications from eight state health departments. With available resources, CDC was able to fund health departments in Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon. The remaining applications were ranked as "Approved, but Unfunded."

Funding allows Michigan and Oregon to continue their work in breast cancer genomics (previously supported by CDC) and supports initiatives in Georgia for the first time. For the first year, each grant award is $300,000. Total funding for three years is up to $2.7 million.

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