Nine Community Projects will Receive Funding for Cancer Prevention Work

July 29, 2016

By Erica Childs Warner

cg1The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to support nine projects focused on increasing cancer prevention education, early detection and screening in communities across the country, from New York to California. The Foundation received statements of intent from organizations in 48 states for this highly competitive grants cycle. Each grantee organization will receive $25,000. A special thank you to the Awesome Games Done Quick video gaming marathon for raising the funds to make these grants possible.

The 2016 projects include education and testing for hepatitis C, which can lead to liver cancer; HPV vaccinations to prevent virally-induced cancers; colorectal cancer education and screening; breast health awareness and general cancer prevention and early detection promotion. The target populations for the projects include Southeast Asian, Latino and African-American communities, as well as worksite employees and baby boomers

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded community grants in in 29 states, tribes and territories through the Community Grants program.

2016 Recipients:

  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) in California will introduce a cancer education program called “Prevenir es Vencer (To Prevent is to Overcome)” led by trained community educators (promotoras) to reach Ventura County’s indigenous immigrants.
  • North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education will train more than 200 health care providers in North Dakota on how to promote HPV vaccinations to parents and patients during routine medical visits.
  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is planning a colorectal cancer education and screening project that will reach 3,300 employees and 700 community members over the age of 50, including 175 who are uninsured.

  • Philadelphia FIGHT in Philadelphia, PA, plans to partner with 20 community-based senior centers serving baby boomers to educate and test for hepatitis C through the “C a Difference” program.
  • Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Inc., will provide breast health education and assistance with breast services to at least 500 Latina women in Camden County, New Jersey, through workshops, home visits (living room sessions), referrals, vouchers, reminders and navigation for clinical breast exams and mammograms.
  • Southeast Asian Educational Development, Inc./Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health seeks to improve cancer literacy and increase early detection of breast, cervical and liver cancers in Southeast Asian refugee communities in Wisconsin by using community-based lay cancer educators.
  • Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC, Inc.) in Philadelphia will collaborate with medical partners to develop community workshop materials on cancer screening recommendations in Asian languages, reaching 120 community members.
  • Upstate Foundation’s “WE MATTER” project will use Resident Health Advocates (RHAs) to reduce colorectal cancer disparities and increase colorectal cancer screening among low-income, primarily African-American men and women in Syracuse, New York, through peer outreach, education, screening and navigation.
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc., in Charleston aims to reach 23,500 residents with hepatitis C education and risk assessment and screen 7,500 for the virus. The individuals who test positive will receive one-on-one and group counseling to encourage healthy lifestyle changes.

The nine projects awarded were the top-ranked proposals as determined by an external review panel of experienced clinical and public health experts.

Click here to learn more about this year’s community projects working to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!™

To stay informed on the 2017 grantee cycle, contact Erica Childs Warner.

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