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Community Grants

Organizations across the country are doing extraordinary work to get at-risk communities the education, screenings and vaccinations they need to prevent cancer or detect it early. Since 2007, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® has awarded grants to outstanding projects in 33 states, tribes and territories. 

In 2018, 12 projects ranging from Los Angeles to Midlothian, Virginia, received $25,000 to provide cancer prevention education, early detection and vaccination services for underserved populations in their communities. Learn more about these projects focusing on a diversity of goals, cancers and populations in the section below. 

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Community Grant Awardees

Organization: Asian Health Coalition
Location: Chicago, IL
Grant Amount: $25,000

The Coalition will develop a collaborative resource guide for their existing web portal to link uninsured patients who have positive fecal tests for colorectal cancer with donated colonoscopy appointments. The project will utilize the new toolkit and website to expedite necessary follow-up screening. Together with related training materials for community health center and hospital staff, the Coalition expects this project to increase rates of early detection of colorectal cancer and reduce health disparities.

Organization: Hepatitis B Foundation
Location: Doylestown, PA
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project aims to reduce rates of liver cancer in African immigrant and refugee communities in Philadelphia, by offering 150 free hepatitis B and C screenings. Those who test positive will be offered navigation services to link them to necessary medical care and treatment. Culturally competent, language-appropriate education will be a key component in their effort to improve understanding of the link between hepatitis B and C and liver cancer.

Organization: Hitting Cancer Below the Belt
Location: Midlothian, VA
Grant Amount: $25,000

In an effort to reduce barriers to colorectal screening, inexpensive in-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) will be offered to medically underserved populations. The program plans to provide FIT tests to 1,000 individuals and offer in-person education to 5,000 individuals. Those who have positive FIT tests will receive financial support to cover additional screening costs. The project also plans to reach nearly 200,000 households through a #cancerhatesthat television media campaign focused on colorectal cancer.

Organization: Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
Location: Iowa City, IA
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project will provide hepatitis C testing and prevention education to 400 people with histories of injection drug use in rural and semi-rural communities in Iowa. Those who screen positive will be navigated to necessary follow-up health care. The project aims to reduce rates of hepatitis C transmission and prevent liver cancer through the provision of culturally competent prevention services.

Organization: McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation
Location: Petoskey, MI
Grant Amount: $25,000

Lung cancer screenings will be provided for 400 patients and education about lung cancer prevention for 1,350 community members across 22 rural counties of Michigan. The program expects a 33 percent increase in lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients and a 50 percent enrollment increase in smoking cessation programs. The program will use grant funds to increase knowledge about lung cancer screening services and address financial barriers for eligible patients.

Organization: Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.
Location: Shelby, MI
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project will utilize bilingual community health workers based in health centers to increase screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers among residents in rural northwest Michigan. Screening services and follow-up care are provided at the health centers and partner organizations. The program aims to provide 100 cervical cancer screenings, 50 breast cancer screenings and 100 colorectal cancer screenings, along with 200 HPV vaccinations.

Organization: OhioHealth Foundation
Location: Columbus, OH
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project will provide HPV vaccinations to 100 high-risk women under the age of 26 in central Ohio, including victims of sex trafficking. One-on-one patient education and group education classes will also be provided. A mobile health clinic will bring health care services to target neighborhoods to increase access to HPV vaccines. In addition, the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic will be shown in various central Ohio locations to raise awareness of the link between HPV and cancer.

Organization: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project will provide cervical cancer screening and prevention services to low-income, uninsured and undocumented Latina women in 21 health centers in Milwaukee, as well as in southeast and central Wisconsin. The health centers will provide about 6,500 Pap tests, 2,900 HPV tests, 120 HPV vaccines, 450 colposcopies and 100 referrals for women needing follow-up diagnoses or treatment.

Organization: Spectrum Health Foundation
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project plans to increase access to breast care services in West Michigan for African-American, Hispanic and rural residents who are uninsured or under insured and do not qualify for the state breast and cervical program. The project will use grant funds to provide an estimated 48 mammograms and 100 tomosyntheses (3D breast cancer screenings) and at least 20 outreach events. Participants will be provided with comprehensive follow-up services and culturally competent education.

Organization: St. Vincent Foundation
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Grant Amount: $25,000

The Liver Cancer Prevention project will expand their existing program, which provides chronic hepatitis B education, screening, consultation and prevention services to an underserved Asian-American population. Two to four times a month, language-appropriate outreach events will be conducted. Those who screen positive for chronic hepatitis B will receive liver cancer screening, as well as support through phone consultations and educational sessions. Liver cancer education brochures will also be provided to 3,000 at-risk community members.

Organization: University of New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Grant Amount: $25,000

The Breast Health Pláticas project will be expanded to offer breast health education classes to at least 300 Hispanic women/Latinas in three additional counties. Working with 38 community partners, the project aims to provide education and navigation services to reduce barriers to screening and conduct follow-up with participants. The project aims to increase breast cancer knowledge by 80 percent among participants.

Organization: University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Grant Amount: $25,000

The project aims to provide lung cancer education and screening and smoking cessation services to the surrounding Korean American community. Working with community partners, the project will provide tailored education to 300 people and lung cancer screening at no cost to 100 at-risk eligible individuals. Participants will receive comprehensive navigation services for any necessary follow-up care and treatment. Photo courtesy of the KHEIR Center.

Baltimore City Health DepartmentOrganization: Baltimore City Health Department
Location: Baltimore, MD
Grant Amount: $25,000

Baltimore City Health Department will train health care providers to increase the use of fecal immunochemical tests (FIT tests), a stool-based colorectal screening test, along with motivational interviewing and other colorectal cancer screening tests. Their goal is to bring Baltimore closer to the national goal of having 80 percent of the recommended population screened by 2018. The program aims to provide colorectal cancer messaging and education to 2,000 residents in target neighborhoods.


Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC)Organization: Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC)
Location: Chicago, IL
Grant Amount: $25,000

Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) plans to increase early detection of colorectal cancer through increased access to fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) or FIT tests by enhancing their provider reminder system. CFHC has five clinics throughout Chicago and serves mostly uninsured or underinsured Hispanic and African-American patients. The project expects to increase the clinics’ rate of colorectal screenings by 15 percent (from 51 percent to 66 percent) by the end of the grant period.


Farmworkers Self-Help Inc.Organization: Farmworkers Self-Help Inc.
Location: Dade City, FL
Grant Amount: $25,000

Farmworkers Self-Help Inc. will use bilingual and bicultural outreach workers to provide breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and skin cancer education to mostly undocumented immigrant farmworkers and to expand their understanding of connections between their good nutrition, exercise and health. The project will also facilitate any necessary follow-up care. The team will canvas migrant camps, housing projects, churches, flea markets and other venues to educate community members one-on-one and will also conduct group-training sessions at community events.


FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer EmpoweredOrganization: FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Location: Tampa, FL
Grant Amount: $25,000

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered 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. Through this project, FORCE will provide 150 people confidential one-on-one telephone support from highly-trained volunteers and a free personalized resource guide with information to help them find health care professionals who specialize in hereditary cancer.


Norton Health CareOrganization: Norton HealthCare
Location: Louisville, KY
Grant Amount: $25,000

Norton HealthCare 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. The outreach component will use pláticas (conversational chats) as a method to assess the participants’ readiness to quit, taking cultural factors into account. The promotoras (community educators) will provide participants with relevant information and smoking cessation resources.


Penn State Health-St. Joseph Medical Center FoundationOrganization: Penn State Health–St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation
Location: Reading, PA
Grant Amount: $25,000

Penn State Health–St. 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. The program will use a promotora community health worker approach, and the group aims to provide one-on-one and group education for 500 Latinas, as well as screening mammograms for 100 of these women.


Planned Parenthood of the Rocky MountainsOrganization: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Location: Denver, CO
Grant Amount: $25,000

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will provide clinical breast exams and mammograms to medically underserved women at four of their health centers. In addition to medical services, the group will provide one-on-one preventive cancer education and assistance in navigating the healthcare continuum.


The Cambodian FamilyOrganization: The Cambodian Family
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Grant Amount: $25,000

The Cambodian Family will use culturally and linguistically tailored health education workshops to reach 100 Cambodian women and their spouses. The workshops aim to promote healthy lifestyle changes, increase breast health knowledge and breast cancer awareness and improve access to screening services through bilingual case management and patient navigation.


The CHOW ProjectOrganization: The CHOW Project
Location: Honolulu, HI
Grant Amount: $25,000

The CHOW Project will implement a hepatitis B education program with the goal of testing at least 250 at-risk Pacific Islanders. The project will link those who test positive for the virus with hepatitis B care coordinators who will ensure they get necessary medical care and treatment to prevent liver cancer. In addition to testing, the program will provide culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate hepatitis B education to patients.  
 
 
 

 


University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer CenterOrganization: University of Texas—MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location: Houston, TX
Grant Amount: $25,000

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by improving access to screening and clinical management of cervical dysplasia (precancerous changes). They will train and mentor 50 medical providers located in five under-resourced regions in Texas. This will increase provider capacity to identify women with cervical cancer dysplasia and triage and treat them according to national guidelines, as well as build provider skills to find and treat dysplasia in underserved populations.

Organization: Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
Location: Oxnard, CA
Project Director: Norma Gomez
Grant Amount: $25,000

Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) in California will launchPrevenir es Vencer (To Prevent is to Overcome), a cancer education program led by trained community educators (promotoras) that reaches Ventura County’s indigenous immigrants. Through Prevenir es Vencer, MICOP will develop and teach an evidence-based four-part curriculum on: 1) Common types of cancer; 2) Risk reduction through healthy lifestyle changes; 3) Breast awareness and mammograms; 4) Importance of well-woman visits.  One-hour workshops will be taught by promotoras in Spanish and Mixteco to 500 indigenous immigrant women.  Each module will be recorded and broadcast monthly on MICOP’s radio station, Radio Indígena, reaching at least 2,000 listeners.


Organization North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education
Location: Fargo, ND
Project Director: Kylie Hall
Grant Amount: $25,000
North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Educationwill train 200+ health care providers in North Dakota on how to promote HPV vaccination to parents and patients at medical visits. Project staff and HPV vaccination experts will canvass the state to provide peer-to-peer education to pediatric and family medicine health care providers on how to make an effective recommendation to get vaccinated against HPV.


Organization Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Project Director: Teresa Labovich
Grant Amount: $25,000

Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will use the grant funds to reach more than 3,000 employees and 700 community members over the age of 50, including 175 who are uninsured. The grant will provide free Fecal Immunohistochemical Testing (FIT) kits for screening and will cover several colonoscopies for low-income patients who have a positive screening test, are symptomatic or considered high risk. The goal is to increase the colorectal screening rate to 55 percent or better in its clinics, which provide care to uninusured and under-insured individuals.


Organization Philadelphia FIGHT
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Project Director: Stacey Trooskin
Grant Amount: $25,000

Philadelphia FIGHT aims to educate about hepatitis C and test for the virus in community-based senior centers serving baby boomers. The “C a Difference” program will partner with 20 senior centers with the goal of educating 4,000 baby boomers about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer, signs and symptoms of hepatitis C infection and modes of transmission and then testing 500 people for the virus. Patient navigators will connect individuals who are diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C with follow-up care.
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Organization Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Inc.
Location: Camden, NJ
Project Director: Angelica Santiago
Grant Amount: $25,000

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. This will be done through extensive outreach using breast health educational workshops, home visits (living room sessions), referrals, vouchers, reminders and navigation for clinical breast exams and mammograms. The project staff will work in collaboration with other health partners to provide bilingual workshops and vouchers for free mammograms to uninsured and under-insured Latina women, 40 years of age or older.


Organization Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Project Director: Mayhoua Moua
Grant Amount: $25,000

Southeast Asian Educational Development, Inc./Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health seeks to improve cancer literacy and increase early detection of breast, cervical and liver cancer in Southeast Asian refugee communities in Milwaukee by using a community-based lay cancer health educators. The group will educate 125 Hmong, Burmese and other Southeast Asian refugees through small-group workshops in Wisconsin.


Organization SEAMAAC
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Project Director: Amy Jones
Grant Amount: $25,000

Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC, Inc.) in Philadelphia will collaborate with medical partners to develop community workshop materials on cancer screening recommendations. Staff will conduct 12 community workshops in Asian languages (Cambodian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Indonesian) reaching 120 community members. Staff will schedule appointments for screenings and other primary care needs for them and their family members.


Organization Upstate Foundation
Location: Syracuse, NY
Project Director: Linda Veit
Grant Amount: $25,000

Upstate Foundation will pilot the “WE MATTER” project to demonstrate the effectiveness of using trained Resident Health Advocates (RHAs) to reduce colorectal cancer disparities and increase colorectal cancer screening in low-income, primarily African-American men and women through peer outreach, education, screening and navigation. The target population is 803 residents, ages 30-75, of three low-income public housing developments in Syracuse, New York.


Organization West Virginia Health Right, Inc.
Location: Charleston, WV
Project Director: Angie Settle
Grant Amount: $25,000

West Virginia Health Right, Inc., in Charleston aims to reach 23,500 West Virginia residents with hepatitis C education and risk assessment and screen 7,500 for the virus. The individuals who test positive, estimated at 300, will receive one-on-one and group counseling to encourage behavior modification and lifestyle changes. They will be also be encouraged to attend relevant health education classes, and those who participate in needle exchange will be offered counseling. One hundred thirty will receive treatment for their infections.

Organization: American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition
Location: Pago Pago, American Samoa
Project Director: Luana Scanlan
Grant Amount: $10,000
Project Description:

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. The project will produce one trained Patient Navigator who will in turn train five community health workers to recruit, navigate, and support women. The outreach will occur in 30 different villages in non-traditional settings including church halls, private homes, private businesses and exercise groups.


Organization: Esperanza Health Centers
Location: Chicago, IL
Project Director: Carmen Vergara
Grant Amount: $10,000
Project Description:

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 through their Care Coordinatation team to at least 1,000 patients ages 51 to 80. They aim to improve the colorectal cancer screening rate in their community from 48% to 60% by July 2016.


Organization: Martin Luther King Health Center
Location: Shreveport, LA
Project Director: Janet Mentesane
Grant Amount: $10,000
Project Description:

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.  Through partnerships in the Shreveport area and outlying rural parishes, the  program will enable participants to access services closer to home. A key component is education to reduce the fear of screening and to promote the importance of early detection. Targeted cancers include breast, cervical, prostate, colon and head, neck and throat disease.


Organization Nevada Health Centers, Inc.
Location: Carson City, NV
Project Director: Colleen Petrosky
Grant Amount: $10,000
Project Description:

Nevada Health Centers 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 help reduce breast cancer death rates. The community grant will support mammogram screenings for an additional 80 women (2,786 mammograms provided in 2014) in geographically isolated areas throughout Nevada. The Van will reach women in need by going to local grocery stores, churches and community centers.


Organization: Mt. Sinai Breast Health Resource Program
Location: New York, NY
Project Director Andrea Geduld
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description:

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. Addressing the needs of this high-risk population, many of whom with co-morbidities including HIV and Hepatitis and limited access to breast cancer screening, is a much-needed service.


Organization: The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
Location: Hurricane, WV
Project Director Elaine Darling
Grant Amount $10,000
Project Description:

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 project will combat West Virginia’s staggeringly low HPV vaccination rates.

Named Grant: Awesome Games Done Quick
Organization: Foundation for Healthy Communities
Location: Concord, NH
Project Director: E.V. Banks
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
The goal of the Healthy Families –>Healthy Communities Cancer Prevention Project is to construct a New Hampshire specific, culturally, linguistically, and low-literacy tailored health education module on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening in seven languages. This collaborative project will partner with state and national health programs to target underserved ethnic communities. A community teaching session of the cancer module in each language will be recorded, transcribed and shared to increase community-level cancer awareness and knowledge about screening resources.


Organization: Georgia Regents University
Location: Augusta, GA
Project Director: Selina A. Smith
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
TIPS: Developing Lifestyle Modification Tips for the Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook – Colorectal cancer (CRC) modifiable lifestyle tips (diet, physical activity and CRC screening) will be developed and evaluated for the Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook using a community-based participatory approach. The cookbook is part of a CRC screening intervention with dissemination to 7,200 African Americans in 13 states. The tips will be developed by 1) examining scientific literature and consumer educational materials; 2) soliciting input from experts and 3) conducting focus groups in rural, suburban and urban communities.


Organization: Minnesota Cancer Alliance
Location: St. Paul, MN
Project Director: Heather Hirsch
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
Development of Culturally Appropriate Educational Materials on HPV for American Indian Communities – The purpose of this project is to develop and test, through focus groups, culturally specific mailing and educational materials for Human Papilloma Virus vaccinations to be used in Minnesota’s America Indian populations for the prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-associated cancers. The cancer prevention materials will be distributed throughout the state to reach these primary audiences: 1) the parents of American Indian children ages 11-18 years and 2) the adolescents themselves.


Organization: Los Angeles Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Project Director: Gwendolyn Barker
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
Unidas en Rosa: Breast Health Education for Latinas – The project aims to improve breast cancer outcomes for Latinas in LA County through Unidas en Rosa, a culturally-competent outreach and education program created to motivate Latinas to seek breast health information and screening services in order to reduce late-stage diagnosis. Goals include educating 250 Latinas through 32 culturally-sensitive sessions at churches, training 25 Unidas en Rosa Promotoras on health communication and breast health basics, and reaching over 600 community members through at least 12 Promotora-hosted events.

Organization: Custer Health
Location: Mandan, ND
Project Director: Jodie Fetsch
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
In North Dakota, American Indians have a higher risk both of developing cancer and of dying from cancer compared to whites. One way to address these disparities is to increase screening amongst American Indians. Custer Health seeks to do this by working with the Standing Rock Reservation to conduct worksite lunch and learn sessions that provide cancer education,with open discussion to identify barriers to screening. As part of the sessions, participants are able to schedule appointments for cancer screening at local clinics.


Organization: Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Location: Somerset, KY
Project Director: Peggy Tiller
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
HPV vaccination rates in Kentucky are significantly lower than the national rate. To increase vaccination initiation and completion rates among youth, this program will provide education on HPV, cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine to middle and high school students in south central Kentucky. The Department will also partner with schools to remove barriers by providing the vaccine at school-based clinics.


Organization: Nueva Vida
Location: Baltimore, MD
Project Director: Sandra Villa de Leon
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
The goal of the program is to develop a culturally competent, evidence-based comprehensive support model to help reduce late-stage breast and cervical cancer diagnosis and mortality for underserved Latinas in the Baltimore metro area. Nueva Vida will provide culturally relevant education on cancer prevention and screening and provide timely access to quality cancer screening care through patient navigation from screening to diagnostic resolution.


Organization: Skin Cancer Foundation
Location: New York, NY
Project Director: Whitney Potter
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
Skin cancer is a lifestyle disease that can be prevented by being well informed. To increase knowledge about skin cancer prevention and early detection, the Skin Cancer Foundation created a youth education program: Sun Smart U. Through this grant, the Foundation will be able to extend the national reach of cancer prevention to educators and thus to more students.

Organization: American Indian Cancer Foundation
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Project Director: Kris Rhodes
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
The goal of the project, Powwow 4 Hope, is to increase cancer awareness and prevention knowledge for American Indian families. The Powwow 4 Hope project aims to reach 3,000 participants, expected to travel from reservations in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Powwow participants will be evaluated on 1) their sustained knowledge on cancer prevention, 2) any screenings since the event, 3) change in beliefs around cancer, and also 4) their level of satisfaction of the event.


Organization: Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Location: Columbus, OH
Project Director: Nicholas Yeager
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
This program will raise awareness about adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers by educating and training medical students and residents. The program will provide knowledge regarding the most common AYA cancers, the signs and symptoms associated with them, and ways to prevent these cancers. Armed with this teaching early in their careers, medical students will educate and examine patients, and “pay it forward” by going out into the community to educate high school and college students with their new knowledge.


Organization: Utah Department of Health
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Project Director: Kathryn Rowley
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
This project will encourage Utah children and their parents to practice sun safe behaviors. The Program will partner with professional soccer player Chris Wingert to educate Utahns through local parks and recreation youth soccer leagues in low income and underserved areas, as well as other counties in Utah with high melanoma incidence rates. The program will have three major components: education, provision of sunscreen, and evaluation. Goals include the distribution of 5,000 educational pieces, training for coaches and booths held with interactive sun safety activities.


Organization: Women’s Resource Center
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Project Director: Annette Zacharias
Grant Amount: $10,000

Project Description:
Through this grant, the Organization: will provide education, mammograms, patient navigation and other services for women at risk of breast cancer or reproductive cancers (cervical, ovarian and uterine), particularly women facing barriers and disparities to care. The Women’s Resource Center uses an innovative continuum of care model that provides a full spectrum of breast and reproductive cancer services, including patient navigation and aims to reach 5,000 women with health information and connect 650 low-income women to free and low cost breast cancer screenings.

Organization: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Project Director: Christine DeCourtney
Grant Amount: $25,000

Project Description:
The Organization: will develop and distribute a culturally appropriate “Traditional Food and Activity Workbook” for Alaska Native youth aged 8-10 years, who are at risk for obesity. The goal is to increase the likelihood that Alaska Native youth will make healthy lifestyle choices and adopt healthy eating behaviors of traditional foods, in order to reduce their risk of cancer and other diseases.


Organization: Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, Inc.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Project Director: Ansley Mora
Grant Amount: $25,000

Project Description:
Through this grant, the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center will provide colorectal and prostate cancer education and promote preventive behaviors among medically underserved Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans in Sarasota. The education sessions will be run by trained community health workers familiar with the cultures and languages of the populations they serve.


Organization: Gilda’s Club South Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Project Director: Elizabeth Wynter
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
This project will provide education about breast cancer screening to women of color in south Florida. They will do this, in part, by establishing a dialogue within the African American community about breast cancer disparities and prevention and early detection. This dialogue will grow by using a social networking approach that encourages participants to share what they learn with friends, family, and colleagues.


Organization: Linda Creed: Fighting Breast Cancer with Heart
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project Director: Donna Duncan
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
This project will provide culturally competent and comprehensive breast health education to African American and Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender communities. The Organization: has created two separate breast health education curricula to address the specific needs of both communities.


Organization: The Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Project Director: Ambrocia Lopez
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
The grant will support a project to increase breast cancer education and regular screening among Latina women of Mexican descent. Through education and outreach, the project aims to decrease late-stage breast cancer diagnosis and mortality in Orange County.


Organization: Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Project Director: Glenda Pecor
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
Funding will support an annual Skin Cancer Screening event that provides community members with free screenings, educational materials about skin cancer and referrals for follow-up care. Each year about 400 participate and 100 to 200 individuals are referred for further care.


Organization: The Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Project Director: Heather Hiscox
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
The Skin Cancer Institute’s Project, Hats On, will provide parents of young children with information about skin cancer and sun protection to strengthen sun-safety habits for both their babies and themselves.


Organization: Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance
Location: Easley, South Carolina
Project Director: Johnny Payne
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
The Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance will use this grant to increase prostate cancer education and awareness among African American men in twelve counties. Education sessions will be held at local establishments such as churches and conducted by trained facilitators, some of whom are prostate cancer survivors.


Organization: Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Project Director: Sheila Bates
Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Description:
The Center will educate women age 35 and older about healthy lifestyle choices that can help them reduce their risk of developing certain cancers.  This project is unique in that it targets several types of cancer and provides educational information through a live theatrical “edutainment” program Cancer Queens! A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue.

April 2008 – April 2010

Reaching out to individuals in soup kitchens, at health fairs and through local radio programs, the Foundation’s community grantees are making a difference in large and small, rural and urban communities. Community grants are one way the Foundation supports vital education and services for people who need them. Facing limited resources and large underserved populations, these five community grantees are making a tremendous impact by providing valuable cancer prevention education and screening services.

Here are snapshots of the Foundation’s grantees:


Organization: Chenango Health Network
Title: Cervical Cancer Outreach Project
Project Director: Tina Utley Edwards, MPA
Amount: $50,000 for one year

Progress:
The Chenango Health Network received a grant from the Foundation to educate women in a medically underserved region of New York about cervical cancer. Staff and volunteers have supplied over 2,300 women with important cervical cancer information and provided cervical cancer screenings to over 500 women. Community events, food banks, church groups and hair salons are among the various settings for this educational campaign featuring local women. The campaign uses computer kiosks, local radio and print media to help educate the community about cervical cancer and screening.


Organization: Emory University School of Medicine
Title: Trainer Workshop: Con Amor Aprendemos (CAA), With Love We Learn
Project Director: Lisa Flowers, MD
Amount: $50,000 per year for two years

Progress:
Con Amor Aprendemos (With Love We Learn) is an interactive program that educates Hispanic/Latino couples about Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Through a train-the-trainer course, this program is creating a network of promotoras(health educators) that help educate about cancer prevention in their own communities in Georgia.


Organization: Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.
Title: Mi Salud en Mis Manos, My Health is in My Hands
Project Director: Josephine Mercado, BA, JD
Amount: $25,000 per year for two years

Progress:
Through health fairs, community events and media outlets, peer health educators have reached out to over 40,000 women in Florida with education regarding the importance of annual screening and early detection of breast cancer. The women are mostly uninsured or under-insured Latinas with very limited English proficiency. The group utilizes over 70 active volunteers and a team of peer educators to provide health information and facilitate access to health care. Because of this beneficial program, over 700 women were referred for annual clinical breast exams and mammograms in the past year.


Organization: Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Inc.
Title: Improving Access and Eliminating Barriers to Cancer Prevention Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Women
Project Director: Maria Triantis, RN, MBA
Amount: $50,000 per year for two years

Progress:
This program is increasing cancer prevention among an underserved community in Maryland by providing colorectal cancer education and screening and utilizing a new referral system for mammograms. The new system has resulted in decreasing the time from referral to screening by over 100 days. The coalition has partnered with local hospitals and clinics to create a safety net for women ineligible for other county programs. To date, colorectal cancer screening has been provided to 26 women and mammograms to 98 women. The group is also utilizing electronic medical records to improve care coordination for colorectal cancer screening.


Organization: Rural Health Group, Inc.
Title: Action and Intervention for Men (A.I.M.)
Project Director: Patricia Peele, BS, MAEd
Amount: $50,000 per year for two years

Progress:
Ten local community organizations have joined a partnership created by the group to promote prostate awareness and prevention among African American men who are at highest risk for prostate cancer in three North Carolina counties. The groups are co-sponsoring prostate cancer awareness events in communities, churches and civic groups. Over 400 men have received prostate cancer screenings, and 16 lay health advisors have been trained to provide health education.

Community Grant Resources

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News | Aug 17, 2018The Prevent Cancer Foundation awards $300,000 in community grants
News | Sep 29, 2017Prevent Cancer Foundation® provides nearly $300,000 in international grants
News | Sep 8, 2017Prevent Cancer Foundation® Awards $250,000 in Community Grants
News | Sep 7, 2017Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $250,000 in community grants
News | Mar 27, 2017Prevent Cancer Foundation’s community grantees work toward 80% by 2018
News | Jan 13, 2017Community grantees promote cancer prevention through HPV vaccination
Video | Jan 5, 2017Cancer Screening Education in the Asian Community
Video | Jan 5, 2017Breast Cancer Education in the Latina Community
News | Sep 16, 2015New Cookbook with Healthy Living Tips Developed by Community Grant Recipient
News | Jul 17, 20152015 Community Grant Awardees Announced
News | Jul 8, 2015Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards Annual Community Grants
News | Oct 23, 2014Cooking up prevention: 2014 community grantee spotlight
News | Jan 31, 2014Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards $40,000 in Community Grants
News | Oct 18, 2013Community grantee spotlight: Cancer prevention on the Standing Rock Reservation
News | Jun 28, 2013Announcing the 2013 Community Grant awardees
News | Apr 16, 2013Foundation spotlights community grantees for National Minority Cancer Week
News | Feb 1, 2012Announcing the 2012 Community Grants Awardees
News | Jul 13, 2011Community Grantee Spotlight: Peak Vista Community Health Centers
News | Jun 8, 2011Community Grantee Spotlight: Fighting Breast Cancer with Heart
News | Jan 20, 2011Prevent Cancer Foundation Announces 2011 Community Grant Recipients
News | Mar 3, 2010Making a Difference Locally — Community Grants
News | Apr 11, 2008Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards Additional $400,000 in Community Grants

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