2014 UCAN Grant Recipients

Congratulations to this year's grant recipients! These projects embody the mission of UCAN--to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Utah--by encouraging Utahns to practice healthy behaviors, encouraging Utahns to be screened for cancer, and providing much-needed services for Utah's cancer survivors.

 

Cancer Wellness House - ClubWell Socials

The Cancer Wellnes House is a community-based organization in Utah that offers free support services to cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers, friends and family. The ClubWell program provides kids and teens with a parent, sibling, or other loved one affected by cancer an opportunity to socialize in a safe environment and share their cancer journey with others. This grant will be used to support four ClubWell activities. These activities strengthen family unity and bonding; promote psycho-social support and camaraderie; and provide a respite from the illness, and a focus on play.

 

Contact:
Terri Goldstein
Cancer Wellness House, Inc
801-236-2294

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County - Radon Education

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County partners with the Utah County Health Department to educate local residents on the dangers of radon gas. This grant will be used to teach students about radon, educate home builders regarding radon-resistant new construction techniques, and educate people through the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. Activities will also include selling low-cost radon test kits, and testing for radon in homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County.

 

Contact:
Kena Mathews
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County
801-344-8527

Huntsman Cancer Institute - Lung Cancer Screening Awareness

Huntsman Cancer Institute's Public Outreach program will educate healthcare providers on new lung cancer screening guidelines for high-risk patients. Funds will be used to create and promote educational materials for provider use, including an education video, screening information, and posters.

 

Contact:
Lori Maness
Huntsman Cancer Institute
801-587-9976

Huntsman Cancer Institute/University of Utah College of Nursing - Cancer Screenings among Latina Women

An assistant professor from the University of Utah College of Nursing will be partnering with two Utah organizations (Alliance Community Services and Communidades Unidas) to educate Latina women on the need for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, and provide patient navigation services to help women access these life-saving screenings. This program is an adaptation of the "Prevention Care Management" program found on the National Cancer Institute's Research-tested Intervention Programs website.

 

Contact:
Deanna Kepka
Huntsman Cancer Institute/University of Utah College of Nursing
801-587-4565

Jewish Family Services - Mind-Body Bridging Techniques

Jewish Family Service provides non-denominational support services to clients, including case management, psychosocial support, and financial advocacy. Their mission is to strengthen individuals and families and educate communities through counseling, care management and community education. Jewish Family Service will use their grant to offer a series of Mind-Body Bridging workshops excluseively for cancer survivors.

Mind-Body Bridging is a mindfulness technique used to help people improve their quality of life by improving sleep and reducing depression and stress.

 

Contact:
Rebecca Turkanis
Jewish Family Service
801-746-4334

Mountain West Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates - Colorectal Cancer Education

The Mountain West Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (MWSGNA) is a professional organization for nurses and associates who specialize in gastroenterology. Grant funds will be used to host an educational conference on colorectal cancer, as well as two mini-lectures. Additional activities will include providing public education on colorectal cancer, and providing information on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates to 180 health clinics.

 

Contact:
Anne Jackson
Mountain West Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
801-278-0303

UCAN Survivorship and Quality of Life Implementation Team - Cancer Survivorship Day Event

This grant will be used to support the UCAN Survivorship and Quality of Life Implementation Team's annual event to celebrate Utah Cancer Survivorship Day. These free events provide cancer survivors with information and education, and also increase awareness of cancer resources in Utah. They give cancer survivors a chance to network with fellow survivors, provide a sense of community and leave survivors with hope and inspiration.

 

Contact:
Catherine Standiford
Co-Chair, UCAN Survivorship and Quality of Life Implementation Team
801-456-9898

 

Or

Rebecca Turkanis
Co-Chair, UCAN Survivorship and Quality of Life Implementation Team
801-746-4334

Utah Mammography Action Coalition - Breast Cancer Screening

A new division of UCAN, the Utah Mammography Action Coalition (UMAC) is focused on increasing Utah's mammography breast cancer screening rates. Grant funds will be used to work with three health insurers and three employers to increase breast cancer screening rates among their clients and employees.

 

Contact:
Leanne Peters
Chair, Utah Mammography Action Coalition
801-733-4815

Bear River Health Department - Radon Education

The Bear River Health Department will use their grant to increase radon awareness in their area. Activities will include discussions surrounding local efforts to reduce radon exposure, radon awareness advertisements in local media outlets, arranging radon awareness classes for home builders and realtors, and providing education to local Parent-Teacher Associations.

 

Contact:

Mark Stevens
Bear River Health Department
435-792-6578

 

Central Utah Public Health District - Colorectal Cancer Screening Education at Local Worksites

The Central Utah Public Health District will be educating employees at 17 local worksites on the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Education will be provided through presentations, newsletters, brochures, posters, and e-cards.

 

Contact:
Sue Hilderbrand
Central Utah Public Health District
(435) 896-5451

Davis County Health Department - Radon Education

The Davis County Health Department will educate local residents on the dangers of radon gas. Among other things, activities will include providing education to city and school district officials on radon-induced lung cancers; and coordinating radon education courses for the home builders, realtors, and the general public.

 

Contact:
Rachelle Blackham
Davis County Health Department
801-525-5107

Tooele County Health Department - Sun Safety

The Tooele County Health Department will work to increase sun safe behaviors that will prevent skin damage that can lead to skin cancer later in life by implementing the Pool Cool Sun Safety program with local outdoor swimming pools. Pool Cool is an evidence-based program based at the University of Pennsylvania, and is found on the National Cancer Institute's Research-tested Intervention Programs website. The program educates lifeguards, children enrolled in swim lessons and their parents, and other pool users on the importance of practicing sun-safe behaviors to prevent skin cancer.

 

Contact:
Louise Ekenstam
Tooele County Health Department
435-277-2369

Utah County Health Department - Skin Cancer Awareness

The Utah County Health Department will be providing skin cancer education to local residents through their health clinics, health fairs, and local media. They will also coordinate and host at least 15 skin cancer screening events.

 

Contact:
Jackie Evans-Black
Utah County Health Department
801-851-7024

Wasatch County Health Department - Sun Safety Education; Radon Awareness

The Wasatch County Health Department received two grants this year--one to provide sun safety education to employees and guests at Soldier Hollow Resort, and one to provide radon education to local residents.

 

Sun Safety Education

The Wasatch County Health Department's sun safety education program is based on the Sun Safe on the Slopes program developed by the Huntsman Cancer Institute and UCAN Primary Prevention and Awareness Team. Activities will include educating employees and youth participating in the resort's ski school, educating students at the Soldier Hollow charter school, providing education during an event at Soldier Hollow, placing sun safety reminders throughout the resort, and making sunscreen available at various locations.

 

Radon Awareness

The Wasatch County Health Departments radon awareness activities will include a discussion surrounding local efforts to reduce radon exposure, coordinating awareness classes for local home builders and realtors, and providing education through local media outlets.

 

Contact:
Trudy Brereton
Wasatch County Health Department
435-657-3312

 

 

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