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Summer 2022 Reading List

Summer is here! Although we don’t have a bike or a pizza party to give away for top readers, we do have some reading recommendations for your personal summer reading challenge! We asked our cancer control partners what they’ve been reading lately, whether it be about cancer, public health, health equity, or just a good…

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Legislation to Save Lives: Gail Orcutt Radon School Safety Act

It feels like yesterday when our staff attended some of the first meetings of the Iowa Radon Coalition in 2010 – back in the days before Zoom, when we relied on a mix of conference calls and meet-ups in Grinnell to convene stakeholders. What began as one Iowan telling her story of a lung cancer…

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Meet Emma Meador, Spring 2022 Practicum Student

Hello! My name is Emma Meador, and this semester, I’ve had the privilege to complete my practicum experience at the Iowa Cancer Consortium. This practicum experience is required of all MPH students and encompasses gaining real-world experience in public health. My role this semester has been to help design Iowa’s first pediatric cancer section for…

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Colon Cancer Screening in the United States

By Dr. Susannah Friemel Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Iowa (2022 Cancer in Iowa Report). The incidence of colorectal cancer in patients age 50+ has declined steadily since the mid-1980s, in part due to increased screening. However, within the past two decades, there has been a concerning increase in…

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Another Successful Virtual ACS CAN Day at the Capitol

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a non-partisan, non-political organization and does not use state funds to engage in lobbying. Views presented by Consortium members do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of the Iowa Cancer Consortium, its board of directors, staff or membership. By Bridget Toomey, MS, CPC, CPPM ACS CAN Volunteer Assistant Director…

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Committing to Support Cancer Awareness Efforts in 2022

By Ashley Ezzio, ICCE, CD(DONA) As I reflect on my key take-aways from 2021, I’m struck by a shift in focus. 2021 gave me several reminders of how precious my health and the health of those I love is.  I’ll never forget the day this shift in perspective began. During another busy workday, I received…

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Iowa Cancer Consortium’s 2021 Annual Report

It’s estimated two in five Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime (State Health Registry of Iowa). The Iowa Cancer Consortium believes all Iowans have a unique role in reducing the state’s cancer burden and have created the Iowa Cancer Plan to support its mission. Our Mission To advance cancer prevention and control…

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Meet Georgia Hodge, Black Hawk County Community Outreach Coordinator

Hi, I’m Georgia Hodge and I’m the Black Hawk County Outreach Coordinator contracted with the Iowa Cancer Consortium beginning in 2021. I am passionately involved in health equity and decreasing health disparities locally and statewide. I am a Community Health Worker (CHW) and a longtime member of the Iowa Cancer Consortium. I am presently a…

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Meet Kelly Angell, Rural Community Outreach Coordinator

My name is Kelly Angell and it is an honor to serve as the Rural Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa Cancer Consortium. I live with my husband, Brad, and our children Bryson (8), Claire (5), and Isabel (2), in Black Hawk County. We also have an Australian Shepherd named Zoey at home who likes to…

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