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The potential impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion on reducing colorectal cancer screening disparities in African American males

CHER Faculty Associates, Wizdom Powell, Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, and CHER Director and Faculty, Giselle Corbie-Smith, other authors have co-authored a paper on how medicaid expansion reduce cancer and saves lives for African American males.

Their publication is featured in UConn Today. Read full article here. According to the article, Powell, “If we had expanded Medicaid in North Carolina, could we have saved lives?” That was the question Wizdom Powell, director of the UConn Health Disparities Institute, wanted to answer. Powell, UNC systems scientist Leah Frerichs, and their colleagues at UNC created a population model that simulated all the African American and white men in North Carolina, based on county-by-county demographics. Every individual in the model (more than 338,000 Black men and 1,496,000 whites) was assigned a probability of colon cancer screening, based on real world statistics related to income, race, and neighborhood data.”

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