Want to collaborate to reduce the burden of cancer?
The Iowa Cancer Consortium periodically offers funding and partnership opportunities to support the goals and strategies outlined within the Iowa Cancer Plan.
Annually, the Iowa Cancer Consortium Board of Directors call for projects in support of the Iowa Cancer Plan. The Invitation for Proposals (IFP) process is typically released in early-spring and intends to fund as many collaborative projects which address identified gaps in Iowa’s cancer control efforts as possible. Applicants may typically apply for up to $25,000 annually. However, it is important to note that the Iowa Cancer Consortium receives funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health to award and manage community grants. The amount of funding awarded to grantees from year to year is subject to change. To receive notification about these opportunities, join our email list here.
The Iowa Cancer Consortium (including staff, members, and partners) contains cancer prevention and control experts from within and outside Iowa. And all of them are seeking to connect with new and sometimes unlikely partners who want to make bigger impacts with their work and resources. Community members are encouraged to contact the Iowa Cancer Consortium staff to discuss their project ideas and get connected to other members across the state who might be interested in similar initiatives. Contact us at [email protected].
Currently funded projects (2021-2022)
Above + Beyond Cancer Hotel Partnership Program
Above + Beyond Cancer is partnering with the American Cancer Society to rebuild the Hotel Partnership Program in Iowa that the American Cancer Society can no longer sustain due to the economic downturn that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. This program works with partnering hotels to provide complimentary and discounted rooms to cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel for cancer treatment and medical appointments.
Iowa Immunizes’ project aims to increase HPV vaccination completion rates among underserved populations in Iowa by leveraging partnerships to engage community influences, amplify health literacy messages, and ultimately increase vaccine confidence.
June E. Nylen
June E. Nylen Cancer Center is contracting with the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation (MMI), a non-profit university-affiliated program with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, to bring more genetic testing and counseling services to Iowa cancer patients and their families. There is a nationwide shortage of certified genetic counselors, making it difficult to recruit this specialized position to cancer centers serving a more rural region. By contracting with MMI, June E. Nylen’s rural patients will have access to genetic counseling and testing. There is also financial assistance available for those who could not otherwise afford this service.
Living Proof Exhibit
Funds from the Iowa Cancer Consortium will support a new journaling program that will launch in 2021 and focus on using writing as a healing art with specific programs designed and targeted to the local underserved communities of color, namely Black and Latinx communities. Funds from the Iowa Cancer Consortium will help fund the design, printing, and distribution of all of the journals as well as underwrite the cost of offering 6 programs – including two specifically for the local Black community with artists from that community and two specifically for the Latinx community with artists from that community – that teach journaling and art journaling as a healing art.
Promise Community Health Center Sister to Sister – Hermana a Hermana
Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center has recognized a need to increase access to breast health education, care, and mammography services for uninsured and underinsured women in Northwest Iowa. Their project addresses disparities including cost, language and transportation while providing patient education and increasing access to mammography.
Trinity Health & Gilda’s Club Trinity Health, Gilda’s Club, and their community partners are providing education and at-home screening tests (FIT kits) for colorectal cancer to the uninsured, under-insured, and underserved Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities in Scott, Louisa, and Muscatine counties. Follow-up is done to ensure tests are completed and returned, and support is given to those who receive a positive result.
Wings of Hope Cancer Center Healing Garden Online Mental Health Program This project’s mental health programming includes one-on-one counseling, patient/survivor support groups, caregiver support groups, guided imagery, and exercise classes (Tai Chi and Yoga). These services will be offered on our website as well as Zoom.
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