Grant: Implementing Coverage and Cost-of-Care Links (CC Links)

Title: Implementing Coverage and Cost-of-Care Links (CC Links) – a novel, interdisciplinary financial navigation intervention for hematologic cancer survivors and their caregivers

Lead investigator: Dr. Jean Edward 

Research team: CHANGE

Total Award: $150,000

Project Period: October 1st 2020 to September 30th 2021

Sponsor: National Cancer Institute


The purpose of this study is test the feasibility and acceptability of CC Links© (Coverage and Cost-of-Care Links) – a novel, inpatient financial navigation intervention for adult hematologic cancer survivors and their caregivers, specifically those undergoing bone and blood marrow transplants (BMT). This project is being implemented in UK’s Division of Hematology and BMT at Markey Cancer Center where we serve a large rural and Appalachian population. We believe CC Links will help to proactively identifying cancer survivors and caregivers at risk for financial hardship and address the issue by linking the family to needed financial assistance resources, which in turn helps improve patient outcomes, and increase financial benefits for survivors. This program can also help improve financial return on investment for health systems. 

Dr. Jean Edward
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