The Office of Health Policy oversees several programs and initiatives at MD Anderson in the areas of community education, outreach, medical care and/or partnerships.
The group also coordinates activities with external policy-related organizations.
Work in the Office of Health Policy includes:
- The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, which is dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors, supporting cancer screening and reducing the cancer burden in the Houston region. It focuses on policy, education and community service in eight specific areas.
- The Uncompensated Care Program, which manages and tracks unreimbursed costs for uninsured and underinsured patients served by MD Anderson.
- Professional education services, including hosting our bi-annual Survivorship Conference, supporting our Professional Oncology Education website and managing both the Faculty Speakers Bureau and Family Medicine Survivorship Rotation.
- Community programs and collaborations, such as Project VALET, which offers mammograms to uninsured women, and the FIT-FLU program, which provides free colon cancer screening along with annual flu shots to low-income, uninsured, Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible adults age 50 to 75. Many of these efforts are supported by the Medicaid 1115 Waiver, which gives states the ability to design and improve their healthcare efforts.
- Overseeing the Texas Cancer Information website, which connects people in the state to cancer information and services.