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Recorded ECHO Series Address Hepatitis C, A Risk Factor for Liver Cancer

Written by Katie Jones, MPH The Iowa Department of Public has partnered with the Iowa Primary Care Association and Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) in a demonstration project for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that aims to prevent liver cancer deaths. The project is targeted at promoting vaccination and screening among opioid…

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Starting a Cancer Clinical Trials Program in a Rural Iowa Hospital

On July 13, 2021, the Iowa Cancer Consortium was pleased to host Shannon Benson, Administrator at the Iowa Oncology Research Association and Lori Pietig, Cancer Services Director at St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center for an Iowa Cancer Clinical Trials Virtual Roundtable. During the roundtable, the two Consortium members discussed how their partnership came to be.…

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Catching Up on HPV Vaccines: Why It’s a Crucial Vaccine for Our Kids

Written by Nathan Boonstra MD, general pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital and chair of Iowa Immunizes state coalition As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, a lot of medical appointments were delayed or missed for a variety of good reasons. In fact, as a pediatrician, I was recommending delaying less urgent appointments until we knew…

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Engaging as an Iowa Cancer Consortium Member

Written by: Kelly Hendershot, LMSW, LSW In July 2015, I joined the staff at Gilda’s Club Quad Cities on a full-time basis. As a result of having been a group facilitator previously, I already had a good idea of how we functioned. Evidence-based, Gilda’s Club offers emotional support groups, educational programs, healthy lifestyle activities, social activities and provides important…

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5 Takeaways from the 2021 Spring Meeting

Written by: Rachel Schramm The Iowa Cancer Consortium’s annual Spring Meeting was held virtually on May 10-11, 2021. The event featured a 3-hour training by our friends at the Racial Equity Institute, as well as a 2-hour member meeting. Making the best of pandemic Zoom meetings, we laughed, we cried, and we learned from one…

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Cancer Health Disparities

By: Michele West, PhD; Amanda Kahl, MPH; Suzanne Bentler, PhD; and Mary Charlton, PhD The special section in the Cancer in Iowa 2021 report featured racial/ethnic cancer disparities in Iowa. This year we examined the cancer experience of Iowans according to the following racial/ethnic groups: non-Hispanic (NH) White, NH Black, other races including NH Asian/Pacific…

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Compassionate Conversations with Dr. Richard Deming

There are two common themes that resonate with patients, survivors, family members and friends after a conversation with Dr. Richard Deming, Medical Director of MercyOne Des Moines Cancer Center and Founder of Above + Beyond Cancer: joy and compassion. Born from Collaboration In 2009, the MercyOne Cancer Education Series developed as a collaborative effort between…

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