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Grant Year 2018 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. The project period is from July 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018.


All of Me: Prioritizing Sexual Health for Iowans Impacted by Cancer 


Project Chair: Erin Sullivan Wagner, After Cancer: Solutions for Sexual Healtherin@aftercancer.co

The goal of this project is to improve the sexual health of Iowans impacted by cancer through increased public awareness and education as well as program implementation for oncology care providers. A website for care providers will incentivize education and the implementation of best practices. Half-day multidisciplinary conferences will be followed up with all-day site visits that will include facilitated practice taking sexual histories, train-the-trainer instruction, and meetings with clinic leadership to address barriers to implementation. This project will finish and validate a training tool for use in provider-patient communication regarding sexual health for oncology patients. The project will also select content to be developed into four online learning modules for CEU CME credit.



Des Moines HPV VAC Project: Enhancing Clinical Communication Skills and Physician Recommendation Program 


Project Chair: Tim McCoy, DO, Mercy Clinic Des Moines, TMcCoy@mercydesmoines.org

The Des Moines HPV VAC Project will organize a program speaker and develop a marketing plan. This program will encourage and invite area physicians to attend the Des Moines "HPV VAC Project: Enhancing Clinical Communication Skills and Physician Recommendations" training. The goals of this project are that it will enhance HPV vaccination communication skills and improve the physician's recommendation to vaccinate for HPV in both boys and girls. In this way, the project will improve the HPV vaccination rates in Iowa and help to reduce the incidence of cancer. 
 

 

Increasing Awareness and Access to Clinical Trials for AYA in Iowa


Project Chair: Erin Mobley, MPH, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, erin-mobley@uiowa.edu 

The project "Increasing Awareness and Access to Clinical Trials for AYA in Iowa" will employ a multidisciplinary approach to influence clinical trial enrollment within the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population for the primary disease sites focused on through the AYA program over the first year of the project. In addition, the project will identify barriers to decrease the burden of regulatory mechanisms and requirements pertaining to clinical trial enrollment for AYAs at various steps in the process of opening a clinical trial and preparing for accrual. Finally, the project will enhance patient and provider awareness and understanding of clinical trials using a mixed methods approach. 
 

Quad Cities/Muscatine Quarterly Cancer Educational Prevention and Screening Series 


Project Chair: Kelly Hendershot, Gilda's Club Quad Cities, Kelly@gildasclubqc.org 

The Quad Cities/Muscatine Quarterly Cancer Educational Prevention and Screening Series will provide various screening programs to local high school-aged students and their families. Testicular Cancer Prevention will be presented in Davenport and Muscatine to males and their parents. In addition, the project will provide Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening programs to students and their parents in Davenport and Muscatine. The Quad Cities/Muscatine Quarterly Cancer Educational Prevention and Screening Series will also provide Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Screening programs to healthcare professionals in Davenport and Muscatine. Finally, the project will provide HPV Prevention programs to healthcare professionals in Davenport and Muscatine. 
 

 

School Radon Training and Support System Expansion Project 


Project Chair: Julie Weisshaar, Energy Association of Iowa Schools, juliew@energyais.org

The School Radon Training and Support System Expansion Project will provide matching grants to schools as an incentive to voluntarily participate in the project. Schools that volunteer to participate will receive radon education, training in development of a radon testing plan, test kits and assistance with mitigation (if necessary). Matching grant dollars will encourage ownership for schools, their administrators, and facilities staff, while helping schools work through their worries of the unknown and the cost of testing and potential mitigation. The School Radon Training and Support System Expansion Project will facilitate the creation and/or update of individualized School Radon Management Plans for approximately 21 rural Iowa school districts. In addition, the project will assist the participating rural Iowa school districts with completing short term radon testing in at least 1 of their enrollment centers/school buildings.


Siouxland HPV VAC Project 

Project Chair: Karen Van De Steeg, June E. Nylen Cancer Center, vandesteegk@jencc.com

The Siouxland HPV VAC Project will organize a speaker as well as a marketing plan that will encourage and invite area physicians and medical students to attend the Siouxland “HPV VAC Project: Enhancing Clinical Communication Skills and Physician Recommendations” program. The project will enhance clinical HPV VAC communication skills and improve the physician’s recommendation to vaccinate for HPC for both boys and girls. In this way, the project will improve the HPV vaccination rates in Iowa and helping to reduce the incidence of cancer. 

 

Traditions and Culture: Healthy Moms, Healthy Daughters 


Project Chair: Mandy Engel-Cartie, Girls Incorporated of Sioux City, mandy@girlsincofsiouxcity.org

The Traditions and Culture: Healthy Moms, Healthy Daughters project will educate participants over the course of a sixteen week program. Participants will learn about healthy nutrition and cooking techniques in weeks/sessions one through four of the program. In weeks/sessions five through eight, participants will be educated about breast, skin, and cervical cancer, screening, and prevention strategies. From week/session nine through week/session twelve, participants will learn about traditional and modern physical activities. Finally, in weeks/sessions thirteen through sixteen, all participants will be encouraged to follow through with program principles and objectives, with a focus on self-care, after the program ends.
 


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