Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $250,000 in community grants

Maggie Klee

Organizations across the country are doing extraordinary work to get at-risk communities the education and screenings they need to prevent cancer or detect it early. The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is proud to award $250,000 to 10 projects through the community grants program to improve education and screening rates. This year’s projects range from the beaches of Honolulu to the mountains of Reading, Pennsylvania. Each grantee will receive $25,000 for a one-year project to provide services to underserved populations in their communities.

Here are the 2017 recipients:

Baltimore City Health Department will provide colorectal cancer messaging, education and screening to residents in target neighborhoods to bring Baltimore closer to the national goal of having 80 percent of the recommended population screened by 2018.

Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) plans to increase early detection of colorectal cancer through increased access to FOBT or FIT tests (stool-based colorectal screening tests) among uninsured or underinsured Hispanic and African-American patients.

Farmworkers Self-Help Inc., in Dade City, Florida, will use bilingual and bicultural outreach workers to provide breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and skin cancer education to mostly undocumented immigrant farmworkers and will facilitate any necessary follow-up care.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered based in Tampa, Florida, will expand their Peer Navigation Program to reach individuals affected by, or at high risk for, hereditary breast, ovarian or related cancers who lack access to risk management and prevention resources in rural Kansas.

Norton HealthCare in Louisville, Kentucky, will introduce a cancer education program, “Promotoras Tobacco Cessation in the Hispanic Community,” led by trained community educators to encourage Hispanic residents to stop smoking.

Penn State HealthSt. Joseph Medical Center Foundation will reduce cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers and improve access to breast health for Latinas in Reading, Pennsylvania, through targeted outreach, education and patient navigation.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver will provide clinical breast exams and mammograms to medically underserved women at four of their clinics.

The Cambodian Family in Santa Ana, California, will use culturally and linguistically tailored health education workshops to promote healthy lifestyle changes, breast cancer awareness and screening to 100 Cambodian women and their spouses.

The CHOW Project in Honolulu will implement a hepatitis B education program to test at-risk Pacific Islanders, and link anyone with positive results to hepatitis B care coordinators for treatment to prevent liver cancer.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston aims to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by improving access to screening and clinical management of cervical dysplasia (precancerous conditions).

Thank you to Awesome Games Done Quick for making these grants possible.