Screening Mammography Action Response Teams (S.M.A.R.T.) are local community coalitions, usually created by not-for-profit organizations or clinical practices interested in improving breast cancer outcomes in their city or county.
What do they do?
- Identify a health need or gap in knowledge and want to make a change.
- Provide local leadership to plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies and measure the results.
- Work with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to ensure the best possible outcomes.
- Recruit community members/organizations to be actively involved in publicity, outreach, events and creation of materials.
- Seek resources to maintain services.
Where are they currently located?
A pilot program is underway in 2009-2010 in Lincoln and Tillamook counties where the screening rates and late stage diagnoses, respectively, are worse than the Oregon state average.