Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards $40,000 in Community Grants

Support for cancer prevention programs reaches underserved communities nationwide.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa Merson
(703) 519-2107
Melissa.Merson@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) – Four community organizations on the front lines of the battle against cancer will receive a total of $40,000 in grants for cancer prevention education programs, the Prevent Cancer Foundation announced. Each of the $10,000 grants supports cancer programs focusing on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

The Community Grants program awards funds to community programs across the United States that:

  • Focus on helping people prevent cancer or find it earlier when it is more treatable.
  • Demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact in the field of cancer prevention.

AWARD RECIPIENTS:

The Foundation for Healthy Communities will develop a New Hampshire- specific health education module on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. The program will provide culturally- appropriate material tailored for low-literacy in 7 languages (Arabic, English, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and American Sign Language). This grant will be named for the Awesome Games Done Quick video speed gaming community that raised more than $1 million this year to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s work.

Georgia Regents University will develop and evaluate the colorectal cancer lifestyle tips (diet, physical activity and colorectal screening) component of the Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook, including diet, physical activity and colorectal screening. This resource will be shared with 7,200 African Americans in 13 states as part of a colorectal screening intervention.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance will develop and test culturally specific mailing and educational materials for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations to be used in Minnesota’s America Indian communities for the prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-associated cancers.

The Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will implement a culturally-competent outreach and education program, reaching community members at faith-based events, training lay Hispanic/Latino community health educators (promontoras) and motivating Latinas to seek breast health information and screening services to reduce late-stage diagnosis.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation received 107 applications from organizations around the country for its grants cycle in 2013. Four grants were awarded in 2013 and four projects were chosen for the 2014 grant awards program. All eligible applications were reviewed by an external review panel of community outreach, clinical and public health research experts.

The Prevent Cancer Community Grants program began in 2007 and has continuously funded community-based education and screening projects across the United States. Visit www.preventcancer.org for more details about the program.

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org