PCI gets cancer funding
By By BRIAN BLACKLEY
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has received a $155,864 grant to help fund early detection and health screening services for breast and cervical cancer.
According to Arlene Mack, health planner for the PCI, this is the eighth year the reservation has received the funds and the results are noticeable.
The grant comes from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and requires a 25 percent match on the part of the tribe. The match funding is a small price to pay for the level of services that the grant provides, Mack said.
PCI is among the first of nine tribes to apply for and receive the grant.
A second grant that works closely with the CDC grant is a grant for $30,000 through Indian Health Services that allows PCI to screen younger women.
PCI has to provide nearly $40,000 in funding to get $116,000 from CDC, but Mack said the tribe believes the investment is worth making.