The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has awarded Tung Nguyen, MD, and Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD, a three-year, $750k grant for a project named Patient COUNTS. The project entails creating an in-person and virtual patient navigation program to enhance the quality of cancer care for English, Chinese, and Vietnamese patients newly diagnosed with colorectal, liver, or lung cancer in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Cancer is the most common cause of death for Asian Americans, but many patients do not receive appropriate treatment or patient-centered survivorship care. Two-thirds of Asian Americans speak a language other than English at home, and 31% are not proficient in English. Even though many Asian Americans report using the internet for health or medical information, there are very few health-related web-based platforms available for non-English patients.