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Community Grantee Spotlight: Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Posted by PCF Admin on July 13th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Peak Vista, a 2011 community grantee, operates 19 outpatient health centers in Colorado, providing high quality health care to low-income, uninsured and under-insured families since 1971, including free skin cancer screenings. Over 420 Colorado Springs and surrounding area residents turned out for an annual skin screening in May, recognizing the importance of early detection when it comes to cancer protection. This was the largest turnout since it began - up over 150% from prior years. The event was hosted by the community skin screening team, comprised of 6 local health care agencies including Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Penrose Cancer Center, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Memorial Health System, American Cancer Society, local dermatologists and 18 volunteers. Through a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the team was able to utilize local marketing opportunities to reach the community with event details and is credited with positively impacting attendance. Participants ranged in age from 6-94 and of the 426 community members screened, 173 were referred for follow-up. “Screenings such as this one benefit our community through heightened awareness of skin cancer and saving lives through early detection of possibly fatal skin cancer," said Dr. Jim McCoy, a local dermatologist. Nine possible malignant melanomas were diagnosed at the screening. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that ...

Administration Announces Focus on Disease Prevention

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on July 12th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - On Thursday, June 16, the Obama Administration and his National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council announced a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a nationwide comprehensive plan designed to “increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.” This legislative mandate in the Affordable Care Act was the impetus for the plan, developed in partnership among 17 federal agencies and other stakeholders. The four key components of the plan ...

Learning with the Best: Bad Beat on Cancer Seminar with Annie Duke

Posted by Jan Bresch, Exec. V.P. & COO on July 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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Events - I flew to Las Vegas to support the 8th year of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Bad Beat on Cancer poker initiative at the World Series of Poker. I was anxious to see our new booth in action, and catch one of the free seminars with the pros. [caption id="attachment_4613" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Annie Duke speaking at the "Making Better Decisions" BBoC seminar"][/caption] I was delighted to find I’d be sitting in on the “Making Better Decisions” seminar given ...

Healthy Recipes: Grilled Eggplant & Portobello Sandwich

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Healthy Eating - Yield: 4 servings Servings: 4 Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Recipe Description: Looking for a vegetarian option for your next cookout? This grilled eggplant and portobello sandwich is our answer. For extra flavor, we top it with slices of garden-fresh tomato and spicy arugula. Serve with a mixed green salad. Recipe Ingredients: 1 small clove garlic, chopped 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds 2 large ...