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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.
 


2018 Boost Grants 


Boost grants were awarded of up to $5,000 to the following projects that will "boost" current comprehensive cancer control work in the state. 

 

 


Cancer 2 Health Stress Management Intervention for Young Adults with Cancer


Gilda's Club Quad Cities' project, "Cancer 2 Health Stress Management Intervention for Young Adults with Cancer," will work to expand the reach of the evidence-based stress management intervention Cancer 2 Health (C2H) in Iowa. This intervention helps cancer patients reduce the emotional distress associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Gilda's Club Quaad Cities will host weekly group sessions to help patients manage their stress, symptoms, and cope with the associated psychological distress. Specifically, Gilda's Club will be modifying the current C2H curriculum to address the unique needs of young adults with cancer while expanding the reach of the C2H program by offering the program in an additional four Iowa cities and hosting an online session via video conference for those unable to attend the sessions in person. Gilda's Club will also conduct an evaluation of the AYA C2H program. 
 

 


Reducing Tobacco Use in the LGBTQ Community


The American Lung Association's project will work to develop a digital and print media series to address the disparity of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community in Adair, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk, Union and Warren counties. These resources that will be created will be shared with community partners as they highlight personal stories and drive individuals to evidence-based tobacco cessation programs such as Quitline. The American Lung Association reports that LGBTQ Iowans use tobacco at a 10% higher rate than other populations within the state and by highlighting personal stories and opportunities for change, they hope to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community. 
 

 


SafeNetRx


SafeNetRx submitted their Boost Grant request to cover 100 additional pharmacist hours to restock the Iowa Drug Donation Repository. This Boost Grant will allow the Repository to process an additional 50,000 units of medication. SafeNetRx estimates that 4,157 Iowans will be reached by the Boost Grant project during the 5-month grant period. In FY2017, 9,811 Iowans received 1,318,373 doses of medication from the Iowa Drug Donation Repository, with an average of 134 doses of medication per Iowan served. SafeNetRx also plans to partner with the United Way of Central Iowa to recruit and train volunteers to remove HIPAA-sensitive information from donated medication. This will ensure that there is a steady stream of volunteer support for their organization. 
 

 


School Radon Training & Support System Expansion Project Technology Efficiency Boost


The Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) is a currently-funded IFP grant recipient working to create and update the School Radon Management Plans for rural Iowa school districts. With the Boost Grant funds, EAIS plans to improve the technological efficiency of their data management and resources. EAIS will partner with Webspec to create and expand a web database or app to connect school radon forms, test results, project data and create report summaries. This "Technology Efficiency Boost" 
 

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