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Grant Year 2019 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, 2018 - June 1, 2019.

Transportation Improvement Plan

Project Chair: Kelly Angell, American Cancer Society (
The Transportation Improvement Plan project is a partnership between the American Cancer Society, Iowa Transportation Coordination Council, and various other partners across the state of Iowa to provide efficient transportation options for cancer patients and improve healthcare transportation. The project will focus on Iowans with a transportation barrier to cancer treatment in Iowa City or Des Moines and will facilitate discussions with health systems and providers through the end of the project period to identify priority needs.

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

Project Chair: Erin Sullivan Wagner, After Cancer Solutions for Sexual Health (
The 'All of Me' project will develop and implement self-sustaining education programs, along with an awareness campaign for oncology care providers, on patient-provider conversations about sexual health. Target audience: Oncology nurses, social workers, physical and mental health therapists, and advance practice professions.



Body & Soul Community Outreach Program

Project Chair: Paulette Clark, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (
This project aims to provide programs on healthy lifestyle choices including physical activity and nutrition among the African American community. Activities will include fitness classes, community gardening, nutrition programs, and wellness education. Two speakers will discuss the importance of cancer prevention and screening.


Mercy's Mission: HPV Cancer Free - Increasing Mercy's HPV Vaccination Rates by Making Effective HPV Vaccine Recommendations

Project Chair: Dr. Tim McCoy, DO, Mercy Clinics Quality Chari (
The biggest predictor of HPV vaccination uptake is an effective recommendation from a health provider. National guidelines recommend routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for all 11- or 12-year-olds; however, vaccine coverage in Iowa is persistently low. The HPV Cancer Free project will build upon Mercy Clinic's effort to engage and train clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure consistent message delivery to parents and patients regarding HPV vaccinations in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Des Moines University, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Noel T. Brewer, PhD (Professor of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina and Chairmen of the National HPV Roundtable). 

School Radon Training and Support System Expansion Project 

Project Chair: Julie Weisshaar, Energy Association of Iowa Schools (
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the entire state of Iowa is considered a high-risk zone for elevated indoor radon levels. The decay products resulting from radon are the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. This project will provide training, matching grants, and support to Iowa schools who voluntarily choose to participate in the School Radon Training and Support System (SRTSS) and learn to test their buildings for radon themselves. Matching grant dollars will encourage ownership in the process, while helping schools work through their worries of the unknown and cost of testing and potential mitigation. 

2019 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. 


Above + Beyond Cancer: Evaluating the Existing and Potential Benefits of an Exercise-Focused Cancer Survivorship Program to Improve Health Services Access and Equity

This project seeks to recruit 100 patients (approx.) with cancer who have been referred to an existing medical exercise and survivorship program through Above + Beyond Cancer in partnership with researchers from Iowa State University. The grant will test theory-supported predictors of exercise initiation and maintenance (i.e. program engagement and continuation) by analyzing data collected at various points throughout the program and provide evidence to determine the effectiveness of programming and inform practice across the state. 


Promotores de Salud Siouxland‚Äč

Promotores de salud, also known as promotoras, is the Spanish term for "community health workers". In communities with well-established Promotores programs, the Hispanic community recognizes promotoras as lay health workers who work in and advocate for Spanish-speaking communities. Similarly, the health care community recognizes promotoras as critical to reaching vulnerable, low-income and underserved members of Latino/Hispanic populations. Siouxland has never had a Promotores program, and is creating a cancer prevention-focused program through this grant opportunity in an effort to reduce barriers to cancer care and prevention and connect service providers to the Latino community in Woodbury County.



LGBTQ Patient Navigation Pilot Program

One Iowa has partnered with UnityPoint's John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines to pilot an LGBTQ patient navigation program. Through this program, LGBTQ Iowans receiving services from John Stoddard Cancer Center will be referred to One Iowa for direct, 1:1 guidance to navigate the healthcare system and access resources specific to their needs. Additionally, the One Iowa staff will provide training and policy guidance for the cancer center providers to ensure they are creating a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients as possible. Lessons learned from the project will be shared and the project team will determine if the project could be shared statewide.



Mills County Smoke-Free Housing

The Smoke-Free Housing Project in Mills County will allow for the addition of two partners to assist with providing outreach and services to include more than thirty landlords and technical support to implement smoke-free, tobacco-free, or nicotine free housing for approximately 1,300 housing units.. 



Iowa Army of Pink - Spanish Language Initiative

The Iowa Army of Pink will promote awareness of breast density, and educate on the cancer risks associated with the masking effects of breast density on mammograms to the Spanish-speaking community across the state of Iowa. The organization will focus on 11 counties in Iowa (chosen based on total population and percent Hispanic/Latino population) working alongside community health and public health offices. 

8-Week Mind, Body, Spirit Challenge

Gilda's Club will offer a healthy lifestyle series specifically targeting families and the Hispanic community in Muscatine, Iowa. The program will use the Consortium's Zoom virtual meeting platform to broadcast the finalized workshops in an effort to decrease access barriers. 


Boost HPV Vaccination Rates 

The Boost HPV Vaccination Rates project aims to increase the HPV vaccination completion rates through an expansion of the Immunization Program in Cerro Gordo County. Partners include the Cerro Gordo County Health Department, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Positive Youth Development (PYD) Program, among others. The project will allow expansion to services that are already provided within the community, specifically to youth/families who experience barriers to access services.