Volunteer

Reaching out to individuals in soup kitchens, at health fairs and through local radio Programs, the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s community grantees are making a difference in rural and urban communities. Facing limited resources and large undeserved populations, the five community grantees have made a tremendous impact in their communities by providing valuable cancer prevention education and screening services. Here is a snapshot of the Foundation’s community grant work:

  • Chenango health Network, Chenango County, Ny— The Chenango Health Network received a grant from PCF to educate a medically underserved region of New York about cervical cancer. Staff and volunteers reached over 2,300 women with important cervical cancer information and provided cervical cancer screenings to over 500 women. Community events, food banks, church groups and hair salons were among the various settings for this educational campaign featuring local women. The campaign shared information through computer kiosks, local radio and print media, and an array of educational materials to help educate the community about cervical cancer and screening. regarding the importance of annual screening and early detection for breast cancer. The women are mostly uninsured or under insured Latinas with very limited English proficiency. The group utilizes over 70 active volunteers and a team of peer educators to provide health information and facilitate access to health care. Because of this beneficial program, over 700 women were 26 women and mammograms to 98 women. The group is also utilizing medical records to improve care coordination for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.— Con Amor Aprendemos (With Love We Learn) is an interactive program that educates Hispanic/Latino couples about HPV and cervical cancer. Through a train-the-trainer course, this program is creating a network of promotoras (health educators) that share and help to educate about cancer prevention in their own Latino communities in Georgia.
  • Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc., Casselberry, FL— Through health fairs, community events and media outlets, peer health educators reached out to over 40,000 women in Florida with education regarding the importance of annual screening and early detection for breast cancer. The women are mostly uninsured or under insured Latinas with very limited English proficiency. The group utilizes over 70 active volunteers and a team of peer educators to provide health information and facilitate access to health care. Because of this beneficial program, over 700 women were referred for annual clinical breast exams and mammograms in the past year. 26 women and mammograms to 98 women. The group is also utilizing medical records to improve care coordination for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Md—This program is increasing cancer prevention among an underserved community in Maryland by providing colorectal cancer education and screening and utilizing a new referral system for mammograms. The new system has resulted in decreasing the time from referral to screening by over 100 days. The coalition has partnered with local hospitals and clinics to create a safety net for those women ineligible for other county programs. To date, colorectal cancer screening has been provided to 26 women and mammograms to 98 women. The group is also utilizing medical records to improve care coordination for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Rural health group, Roanoke Rapids, NC— Ten local community organizations joined a partnership created by the group to promote prostate awareness and prevention among African American men who are at highest risk in three North Carolina counties. The groups are co-sponsoring prostate cancer awareness events in communities, churches and civic groups. Over 400 men received prostate cancer screenings and 16 lay health advisors have been trained to disseminate the health education information. The purpose of the Foundation’s community grants is to support local cancer awareness education and screening programs across the country for all populations, especially underserved communities. The beneficial and important grants fund life saving prevention programs and help to educate communities about screening and cancer prevention guidelines.