| Donate  
Print this page.

Grant-Year 2015 Iowa Cancer Plan Full Implementation Grants

Iowa Cancer Plan Implementation Grants up to $25,000 were awarded to the following collaborative projects that address identified gaps in Iowa's cancer prevention and control efforts. Project period is July 1, 2014-June 1, 2015.

Click here to view a list of recipients of grant-year 2015 Concept Grants (up to $5,000 awarded).

A Conversation About HPV 

Project Chair: Lori Parsons, Iowa Immunization Coalition,
This project will use an online media campaign to increase awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in males and females 19-26 years old. The grant also supports outreach to community health centers to encourage strong recommendations for HPV vaccination in adults ages 19-26, and to support implementation of strategies to ask all eligible patients about HPV vaccination.
Click here for more about this project.


Project Chair: Sandra Swanson, Mercy Des Moines, 
This colorectal cancer screening initiative using the FluFOBT model from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society will take place with employees at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. This innovative project will offer easy, inexpensive colorectal cancer screenings to all screening-eligible employees as they receive their mandatory flu shots.

Increasing HPV Vaccination Among African American and Latino Youth Living in Iowa

Project Chair: Jason Daniel-Ulloa, PhD, University of Iowa,
Increasing HPV Vaccination Among African American and Latino Youth Living in Iowa aims to increase acceptance for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and boost the percentage of parents planning to vaccinate their children. The project team will recruit parent-child pairs in West Liberty and Iowa City to participate in a two-session intervention designed to increase HPV vaccination rates by promoting awareness, communication, and problem-solving barriers.

Plan Not to Tan

Project Chair:  Karen Van De Steeg, June E Nylen Cancer   

This project provides sun/ultraviolet-safety classroom education to high school students. Students are encouraged to sign a pledge not to tan, to wear sunscreen, and to complete regular skin checks. After-prom committees will help promote the initiative, and community-donated cash prizes will be offered as incentive. 

Radon: The Invisible Threat

Project Chair: Kris Sargent, RN, OCN, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center,

This project is a continuation of a very successful collaborative effort. New this year is a focus on-site education to healthcare providers who administer well-child checks, and school nurses in the Cedar Rapids School District. The group will also hold a public forum featuring world-renowned radon expert Dr. Bill Field, a licensed mitigator, and Prairie City–Monroe Middle School Principal Steph Langstraat, who will share her story of lung cancer and radon in the home.

Skin Cancer Awareness Project for Teens

Project Chair: Gina Mandernach, John Stoddard Cancer Center,

The Skin Cancer Awareness Project for Teens works to educate Des Moines-area high school students about the dangers of tanning, and offers them incentives to pledge not to tan. This multimedia educational campaign will start in November, with onsite education taking place January through March.
Click here for more about this project. 

Taking Shots Against Cancer

Project Chair: Karen Crimmings, RN, CIC, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public

This project uses interventions such as client reminder and recall systems, manual outreach and tracking of clients, mass and small media, and expanded access to vaccination services to increase the number of HPV vaccinations given in identified public health clinics by 25%.
Click here for more about this project. 

Tobacco-Free Schools (TFS)/New Product Education

Project Chair: Beverly Walsmith,

This project encourages school districts to establish or update their TFS policies to include e-cigarettes and emerging dissolvable and smokeless nicotine products. This initiative will target geographic areas that do not have a Community Partner funded to address the issue.
Click here for more about this project. 

Web Quality-of-Life Project

Project Chair: Susan Lutgendorf, PhD, University of Iowa,

This project aims to provide the foundation for a web-based quality-of-life program for ovarian cancer survivors. The project will field test the intervention with patients enrolled from Iowa medical facilities.
Click here for more about this project. 

Grant-Year 2015 Concept Grants

Concept grants up to $5,000 were awarded to the following collaborative projects that address identified gaps in Iowa's cancer prevention and control efforts. Project period is December 1, 2014-June 1, 2015.

Drink Coaster Campaign

Project Chair:  David McCluskey, Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa,  

This project expands on a previously successful project at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Drink coasters with a colorectal cancer screening message will be placed in bars and restaurants around the state to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, IDPH’s Iowa Get Screened program, and the Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa’s screening resources and programs.   

FIT for Farm Bureau

Project Chair: Mary Charlton, PhD, University of

This project lays the framework for implementing and evaluating a population-based program of mailed Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FITs) among a select population of Iowa Farm Bureau members. Project outcomes will include creation of campaign materials, design of the mailing program intervention, and creation of implementation and evaluation plans.

Health in All Planning Policies

Project Chair: Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES, Public Health Consultant,

This project surveys planners, designers, commissioners, educators, and policy makers in Iowa to determine needs, and provides them with educational resources to help understand how community design and development impact social determinates of health.  

Safe Routes to School Northeast Iowa

Project Chair: Ashley Christensen, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission,

Partners on this project will collaborate with schools to teach pedestrian and bicycle safety education to prepare students for an active and safe summer biking season. Partners will also engage students, parents, and community members in active school travel through Walking School Bus programs, which boost physical activity.
Click here for more about this project. 

Tobacco Education and Prevention: Youth Activism at the Local Level

Project Chair: Nate Monson, Iowa Safe

This project will result in the development of an online course on tobacco use and prevention with an emphasis on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth and youth in general. The three-week course will examine basic knowledge about tobacco use among  youth and specific populations, work to change perceived attitudes about tobacco use, and educate school staff about tobacco prevention and intervention efforts for students. The project also encourages educators to have necessary policy-change conversations with administrators.  

What’s Going On?

Project Chair: Betty E. Johnson, First Light Christian Fellowship,

This project will sponsor four cultural educational forums to encourage lifestyle changes, provide cancer prevention education, and increase opportunities for breast cancer early-detection and treatment in Linn County’s under-served African American population.
Grants Home
Grant-year 2016
Grant-year 2014
Grant-year 2013

Grant-year 2012
Grant-year 2011