Texas Cancer Information Wins 2010 Web Health Award
Texas Cancer Information (TCI) is honored to announce that the TCI website is a Bronze winner in the 2010 Web Health Awards. Nearly 500 entries in the 2010 Web Health Awards Program were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges. Using a rating scale of 1 to 100, each judge evaluated entries for content and design, creativity and the user experience. This panel of online health information experts from across the nation reviewed entries based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality. The scores were then totaled and averaged. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Merit certificates were awarded on the basis of these averaged scores.
Now in its 12th year, the goal of the Web Health Awards (formerly the World Wide Web Health Awards), is to recognize high-quality electronic health information. The awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. TCI won a Bronze in the 2000 World Wide Web Health Awards for the Texas Cancer Data Center website, the predecessor of the current TCI website.
TCI would like to thank our Advisory Committee for their guidance and support.
Texas Cancer Information Earns 2008 eHealthcare Leadership Award
We’re pleased to announce that Texas Cancer Information (TCI) earned national recognition with a Best Site Design award at a November 11 awards conference in Orlando, receiving third place honors in the Consumer Disease-Focused Site classification.
Criteria for Best Site Design category included:
- Is the Web design unusual, attractive and engaging?
- Does the design facilitate access to key site information?
- Does it provide strong branding and excellent usability?
The competition included more than 1,100 entries nationwide. An independent panel of 114 judges rated each Web site based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compared with others in their group classification.
eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading Internet resource published by Health Care Communications, Rye, NY, sponsors the annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This year’s conference marks the organization’s 12th annual recognition ceremony.
TCI would like to thank our Advisory Committee for their guidance and support.
Congratulations to all the TCI staff!
TCI educational posters are ready for their close-up! Though the posters were not shown close up, they ddid make their television debut in an episode of the USA Network original series Burn Notice. The episode, which first aired on July 1st, is titled Neighborhood Watch. The TCI posters appeared in scenes that took place in a neighborhood clinic.
How did the TCI posters get their big break? The Art Department Coordinator for the show was looking for medical/healthy living posters for the clinic scenes when she "discovered" the TCI educational posters on the website and saw their star potential. The posters received glowing reviews and may be used in a future episode, as well.
Twice yearly TCI collaborates with the Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) and the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to produce English/Spanish educational posters with the dual purpose of educating health professionals and the public. TCI’s educational posters are distributed to Texas physicians as inserts in the Texas Medical Association’s publication, Texas Medicine. TCI also responds to requests from physicians, other health care professionals and community groups for TCI brochures and educational posters for distribution to the general public through their offices or community health fairs. You can find links to PDFs of TCI posters and other educational materials and how to request copies at http://www.texascancer.info/poster
Texas Cancer Information is now on Twitter! Follow us at www.twitter.com/TexasCancer and keep up with what's new on the Texas Cancer Information Web site, what new educational posters are available, and what resource surveys are underway.
Texas Cancer Information’s Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Texans is your guide to cancer screening and treatment services for low-income and uninsured Texans.
TCI has completed the Access to Care resource for all 254 Texas counties. We’re now working on translating these resources into Spanish, starting with counties with the highest Spanish-speaking populations. The following 77 counties are now available in Spanish:
- Atascosa County
- Austin County
- Bandera County
- Bee County
- Bell County
- Bexar County
- Brazoria County
- Brazos County
- Brewster County
- Brooks County
- Cameron County
- Chambers County
- Collin County
- Crockett County
- Culberson County
- Dallas County
- Deaf Smith County
- Denton County
- Dimmit County
- Duval County
- Ector County
- El Paso County
- Ellis County
- Fort Bend County
- Frio County
- Galveston County
- Gonzales County
- Gregg County
- Guadalupe County
- Hale County
- Harris County
- Hidalgo County
- Hudspeth County
- Jefferson County
- Jim Hogg County
- Jim Wells County
- Kenedy County
- Kinney County
- Kleberg County
- La Salle County
- Liberty County
- Lubbock County
- Maverick County
- Medina County
- Midland County
- Montgomery County
- Nueces County
- Orange County
- Pecos County
- Polk County
- Potter County
- Presidio County
- Randall County
- Reeves County
- San Jacinto County
- San Patricio County
- Schleicher County
- Smith County
- Starr County
- Sutton County
- Tarrant County
- Taylor County
- Terrell County
- Tom Green County
- Travis County
- Upton County
- Uvalde County
- Val Verde County
- Waller County
- Ward County
- Webb County
- Wichita County
- Willacy County
- Williamson County
- Winkler County
- Zapata County
- Zavala County
To help Texans better understand issues surrounding access to health care services, Texas Cancer Information is now providing easy access to estimates for the number of insured and uninsured in Texas and in each Texas county.
The health insurance estimates are from the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, that were revised August 3, 2009. The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program develop model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states, building upon the work of the U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. The program is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).
To help Texans better understand issues surrounding access to health care services, Texas Cancer Information is now providing easy access to United States, Texas, and Texas county-level poverty and median income estimates.
The poverty and median income estimates are from the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Estimates Branch, release date December 2008. The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program produces annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all states, counties, and school districts. The main objective of the SAIPE program is to provide estimates of income and poverty for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions.
Texas Cancer Information is now providing a Community Events page where community cancer coalitions can post information about upcoming meetings and events. The Community Events page, at http://www.texascancer.info/communityevents.html, will also provide information on cancer prevention, screening and educational events that may be of interest to coalition members and their communities. To have your meeting or event posted on the Community Events page, please e-mail Texas Cancer Information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each month, Texas Cancer Information will focus on a different cancer topic on the site home page and repeat the information here on the What's New? page. The Monthly Focus includes links to Texas Cancer Information databases and documents that provide information related to the current topic. It also includes links to external Web sites that contain useful information about the topic. You can find more related links in the Texas Cancer Information Links by Topic database.
Monthly Focus for February 2013: Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients
Texas Cancer Information has updated and enhanced the Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients tool. The tool is now interactive and includes information on all 254 counties in Spanish. TCI is also offering a free continuing education module on access issues to nurses and social workers. The online CE module is funded by a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas,.
Check out these texascancer.info pages for information related to access to cancer care:
- Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients
Now Online at http://www.texascancer.info/access
- Acceso a los cuidados del cáncer para los pacientes que tienen bajos ingresos o sin seguro
- Access to Cancer Care/Acceso a los Cuidados del Cáncer
- Health Insurance Coverage in Texas Counties
- Poverty and Median Income Estimates for Texas Counties
- Texas Cancer Incidence
- Texas Cancer Deaths and Age-Adjusted Mortality Rates
Visit these other Web sites for additional information about access to cancer care:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration - Find a Health Center
- BCCS - Breast and Cervical Cancer Services Clinic Locator
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Centers in Texas
- Contact NCI's Cancer Information Service: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- American Cancer Society (ACS): 1-800-227-2345
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Patient Advocate Foundation
Read our latest newsletter! - TexasCancer.informer, Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2011