Funds for cancer prevention programs reach underserved communities nationwide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 8, 2015
(Alexandria, Va.) – Six communities will now get the benefit of cancer prevention and early detection programs, thanks to Prevent Cancer Foundation grants. The grants will enable the communities to educate specific demographics on various preventable or early detectable cancers and HPV. Since 2007, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has awarded grants to 40 projects in 26 states, tribes and territories. The Community Grants program awards funds to community programs 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.
2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition will work to motivate 750 American Samoan women to seek breast and cervical health information, screening services and follow-up of abnormal screening results in order to reduce late-stage diagnosis, through the culturally competent Tautai Leveai’i (Talk Story) project.
Esperanza Health Centers will improve colorectal cancer screening rates among uninsured and Medicaid-enrolled Latino adults, as well as insured patients, on the Southwest side of Chicago through coordinated patient navigation, education and screening services. The Colorectal Cancer Pilot Project will provide colorectal education and screening linkage to at least 1000 patients ages 51 to 80.
Martin Luther King Health Center will measure success by providing risk reduction and prevention education to at least 10,000 individuals and screening services and needed follow-up care for at least 350 medically disenfranchised residents in northwest Louisiana. Targeted cancers include breast, cervical, prostate, colon and head, neck and throat disease.
Nevada Health Centers, Inc. will utilize their mobile mammography unit to provide mammography screenings to women who otherwise would not have access to them. The purpose of the program is to increase early detection of breast cancer through mammogram screenings and to reduce breast cancer death rates. The community grant will support mammogram screenings for 80 women in geographically isolated areas throughout Nevada.
Mt. Sinai Breast Health Resource Program will implement the BreastCare, Education and Screening Program through a partnership with Greenhope Services for Women, a residential treatment program for formerly incarcerated and addicted black and Latina women. The program aims to educate 200 women and provide screening services to at least 40 women in New York.
The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc., will convene a statewide HPV Vaccination Stakeholder Summit in West Virginia, to improve and sustain HPV vaccination rates among 9—26-year-olds, in order to reduce the incidence and mortality due to HPV-related cancers. Stakeholders will create an action plan that includes the development of coordinated traditional and social media messages; training opportunities; policy recommendations and evidence based-strategy recommendations.
The Foundation received 80 applications from organizations around the country for the 2015 grants cycle. All eligible applications were reviewed by an external review panel of community outreach, clinical and public health research experts. Visit www.preventcancer.org for more details about the program and funded projects.
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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided $138 million in support of cancer prevention research, education, outreach and advocacy programs nationwide and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org