HB 1149 and The Facts About Secondhand Smoke [INFOGRAPH]

On March 9, the Indiana General Assembly approved Indiana’s first statewide smoke-free air bill. While the ICC applauds the General Assembly and statewide press for giving House Bill 1149 the attention and publicity that it deserved, we cannot be satisfied with the final result. HB 1149 falls short in protecting Hoosier workers that are most vulnerable to secondhand smoke. The bill, which Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to sign in the coming days, will stand as one of the weaker smoke-free air laws in the nation.

Today, the Indiana Cancer Consortium thanks all of our members for the time and effort dedicated to the strengthening and passing of HB 1149, but more importantly, we ask that our coalition quickly shifts focus to the local level. Therefore, as an aid in local conversations, the ICC proudly presents “The Facts About Secondhand Smoke” infograph. Spread the word via blogs, Facebook, and Twitter and help the ICC get secondhand smoke out of business!

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Facts About Secondhand Smoke in Indiana

Funding Opportunity: Cancer Control in Public Health District 6

We are pleased to announce a Request for Applications for community grantees in District 6. Below, please find links to the RFP Brief along with two supporting documents, including an outline of contract deliverables and a work plan form. The RFP Brief contains detailed application instructions, a timeline, and a list of suggested readings. Please feel free to share these documents with organizations in District 6 that may be interested in pursuing this funding opportunity. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 16th.

As a note, Indiana Public Health District 6 includes the following counties: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Tipton, Union, and Wayne.

Also, please mark your calendars for the next District 6 Cancer Control Coalition meeting. It will be held on Thursday, March 1st from 10am-12pm, at the IU Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. Please note that while there is a technical assistance contact phone number and email provided on the RFA, this meeting will be the only opportunity to receive in-person technical assistance on the RFA.

 

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – Indiana Prostate Cancer Screening Events

Did you know September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? How about that prostate cancer is nearly 100% survivable if detected early? Screening events are taking place all across Indiana this month. Please see the list below to find one near you. If you know of any additional Indiana prostate screening events, please let us know in the comments.

 

Central Indiana Cancer Centers

Free screening program, accepts 8 patients per month

Call: (317) 356-2422 (CICC)

http://indianacancer.com/your-visit/our-services/cancer-screening/monthly-screening-program/

 

Community Healthcare System

Free Screenings

Sept. 17, 2011 from 9-10:45a.m.

Community Hospital Outpatient Center, 9660 Wicker Ave., St. John, IN

Call: (219) 836-3477 or 866-836-3477 to register

 

Sept. 21 2011 from 5-6:45 p.m.

Community Hospital, 901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster, IN

(219) 836-3477 to register

 

Franciscan St. Anthony Health

Free Screenings

Sept. 13 and 14 from 4-6 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 9-11 a.m.

The Burrell Center Institute, 1201 S. Main St., Crown Point, IN

800-931-3322 to register

 

Goshen Center for Cancer Care

Free screenings ongoing

http://www.goshenprostatescreening.org/

 

Hendricks Regional Health and Urology of Indiana

Free Screenings

Sept. 13 and 14 between 5-6 p.m.

Location: Urology of Indiana office (Building Three), Danville, IN

100 Hosptial Ln, Suite 105

Http://www.hendricks.org/formbuilder/forms.aspx?formid=7070&sid=1

 

IU Health Methodist Hospital

Monday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

(317) 916-3525

 

IU Health University Hospital

Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

(317) 948-2081

 

IU Health West Hospital Cancer Center

Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

(317) 217-3627

 

Northeast Indiana Urology

Free Screenings

Sept. 21, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m.

(260) 443-7420

http://www.neiurology.com/node/250

 

Regional Cancer Center at IU Health Morgan

Friday, Sept. 9, from 8 to 4 p.m.

(765) 349-6533

 

Riverview Cancer Center

Reduced cost screenings for $25, ongoing

(317) 776-7179

http://www.riverview.org/cancer-center.html

 

St. Vincent Hospital Trinity Clinic

Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

(317) 338.2273

 

St. Vincent Mercy Hospital

Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.

(765) 552-4587

 

Trinity Free Clinic, St. Vincent, and Urology of Indiana

Free screenings

Sept. 20, 2011

Location: 14598 Oak Ridge Road, Carmel, IN

http://www.trinityfreeclinic.org/

 

Urology of Indiana

Free Screenings

Sept. 19, 2011

St. Francis Indianapolis

Call: Urology of Indiana at 1-877-362-2778 or St. Francis Indianapolis, (317) 528-5000

 

Sept. 21, 2011

IU Health West

Call: Urology of Indiana 1-877-362-2778 or IU Health West (3170 217-3000

http://www.urologyin.com/even.html

 

Witham Health Services

Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

(765) 485-8120

 

Fifty People, One Question

On August 15, 2011, we grabbed a camera and set it up at the heart of Indianapolis. We had one question, and we wanted fifty answers. One by one, people took a leap of faith and stepped in front of our camera – not knowing what we might ask.

Here’s the result of what happens when you ask fifty strangers:

“If you could say one message to someone living with cancer, what would it be?”

Thank you to our fifty participants who gave us their time, their stories, and their honesty.

This is dedicated to all those living with cancer, the survivors, and their loving caregivers.

 

Introducing the ICC Blog

Nearly ten years ago, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana University Cancer Center, the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health, and the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division launched the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC), a statewide network of public and private partnerships united to reduce the burden of cancer in Indiana. Over the last decade, the ICC has welcomed over 150 members, both individuals and organizations, representing all regions and counties across the state of Indiana. Year after year, these members join together in partnership, collaboration, and organization to carry out the objectives established in a comprehensive plan that addresses cancers across the continuum from prevention through palliation.

Today, we are proud to announce our next organizational milestone and our next step in the fight against cancer: The Indiana Cancer Consortium Blog!

What can you expect from the ICC Blog?

The blog will be a place for the ICC to elaborate on its mission and objectives represented in the state plan by providing committee updates, event announcements, and various accomplishments achieved by the ICC and/or ICC partner organizations. However, more importantly, the blog will act as a tool for better connecting the consortium with members, health professionals, other coalitions, and various citizens interested in cancer control and prevention. With this blog, we promise to be more transparent and more accessible, and as a result, we hope to provide readers with both educational and informative content.

What will be written about on the blog?

The blog will focus on evidence-based cancer control and prevention with a specific aim to educate professionals and the public on the objectives outlined in the Indiana Cancer Control Plan, 2010-2014.

That said, our blog will also reflect the many hats the ICC wears in the Indiana cancer community (leader, advocate, planner, cheerleader, provider, etc.). In short, blog articles will explore:

  • The depths of cancer control in developing, implementing, and evaluating a state plan;
  • The intricacies of establishing local cancer control coalitions;
  • Advocacy issues ICC committees and partner organizations are undertaking;
  • Best practices on how to use social media with public health;
  • Cancer facts and figures reports specific to the Indiana cancer burden.

All this in addition to a few special blog series that you will surely not want to miss out on!

Wrapping up…

So, welcome to all of our readers! This project is one that will evolve over time to the needs of our members and readers, but we hope you are as excited as we are about what is to come. We encourage you to get involved by commenting on our posts and letting us know your thoughts or what your organization may be doing in the field of cancer control. Finally, we love hearing from our members and invite those interested to contact us for guest blogging opportunities.

Until next time, thanks for reading and have a good day!

Job Opening: Program Coordinator

Knowledge Services

Program Coordinator

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Purposes and Overall Responsibilities of this Position:

The Program Coordinator works under the guidance of the Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program Director as part of the Cancer Section at the Indiana State Department of Health. This position participates in program planning, develops communication strategies, and develops and administers evaluation activities for the CCC Program. Work is broad in scope involving complex program elements which require analytical, interpersonal, evaluation, and strong writing skills.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates, updates, and maintains the CCC Program’s five-year evaluation plan
  • Coordinates, maintains, and writes revision of the state cancer control plan
  • Oversees the design and implementation of program evaluation to determine the progress of program goals and objectives and to set performance measures
  • Coordinates and writes annual work plan objectives for grant proposals
  • Submits required grant progress and other reports to grantors on time
  • Works with the CCC Program in planning and implementing activities related to federal cooperative agreements and grants
  • Develops and implements communication strategies, specifically for dissemination of evaluation reports
  • Assists with CCC Program strategic planning to ensure program activities emphasize policies, systems changes, and environmental changes which support improved health outcomes related to cancer
  • Provides support to the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) on evaluation and other activities, and ensures responsibilities of the coalition are met by anticipated deadlines
  • Ensures that evaluation activities are complementary to state program operations and activities, and consistent with the state cancer control plan
  • Works with the Cancer Section team in developing partnerships throughout ISDH and externally to more effectively implement CCC Program objectives
  • Travels in- and out-of-state as required and as approved by the CCC Program Director
  • Provides support to the ICC and other cancer-related partners in development, implementation, and evaluation of a statewide cancer control plan

Job Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field preferred.

Two years relevant experience needed – in public or community health settings preferred.

Two years experience in program evaluation preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with developing grant proposals, program goals, and SMART objectives
  • Extensive knowledge of public health/health promotion evaluation methods
  • Marketing or communications experience
  • Extensive writing skills for the creation of reports
  • Experience with project coordination in an interdisciplinary/team environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret and disseminate evaluation results and make recommendations on implementation in a program area
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, including public speaking
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, local community and/or health organizations and other stakeholders
  • Ability to travel

Contractor reimbursed at hourly rate equivalent to annual salary of $42,000 to $46,000 plus vacation, sick time, and state holidays.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 24. Please send cover letter and resume/CV to Keylee Wright, ICCCP Director, at kwright@isdh.in.gov.

 

Job Opening: Health Policy Coordinator

Knowledge Services

Health Policy Coordinator

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Purposes and Overall Responsibilities of this Position:

The Health Policy Coordinator works under the guidance of the Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program Director to coordinate planning, implementation, and evaluation of policy-related interventions. The position is also responsible for advancing awareness and understanding of policy at the state and local levels and offering effective strategies to plan, adopt, and enforce policies related to cancer prevention and control. Work is broad in scope involving complex program elements which require analytical, interpersonal, and strong writing skills.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates efforts with the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) and the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Division, Healthy Communities Division, and Cancer Section at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as well as other external partners to implement policy agenda
  • Works with ICC Data Committee to identify communities with a disproportionate burden of cancer, as well as other chronic diseases, and risk factors
  • Works with Communities Partnership Coordinator at ISDH to assess readiness for policy change(s) in communities of highest need
  • Documents community-based public policies related to cancer and monitors effectiveness
  • Provides technical assistance to communities in order to build ready political environments
  • Administers mini-grants to communities throughout Indiana to support local initiatives, such as smokefree air ordinances and Complete Streets policies
  • Secures ICC representation at local town hall meetings to support policy initiatives related to cancer prevention and control
  • Works with the CCC Program Director, Health Education and Communications Coordinator, and Marketing Coordinator at the ISDH to develop, implement, and evaluate a communications plan to generate earned media supporting policy initiatives
  • Leverages resources necessary to support priority legislation and campaign activities
  • Promotes advocacy as a critical intervention for cancer prevention and control among ICC members, supportive coalitions, and related program areas
  • Supports ICC committee and action team efforts to implement policy initiatives
  • Monitors state legislation of interest to the Cancer Section, and in collaboration with the ICC Advocacy Committee, develops appropriate strategies and campaigns to support or oppose such legislation
  • Produces relevant materials to develop and support public policy initiatives, legislation, and regulations related to policy initiatives
  • Works with the CCC Program Director, ICC Evaluation Workgroup, and the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy to ensure evaluation of policy- and advocacy-related efforts and timely reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Job Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Public Health Policy, Political Science, or a related degree preferred. Two to four years relevant experience needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to professionals and general public
  • Ability to interpret federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to public health
  • Ability to analyze state and local level political environments to identify trends that make a policy more or less likely to be adopted
  • Working knowledge of The Associated Press Stylebook
  • Computer knowledge in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and national CCC-related resources and programs
  • Experience with project coordination in an interdisciplinary/team environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, local community, and/or health organizations and other stakeholders
  • Ability to travel – Requires up to 10 percent overnight travel (in- and out-of-state) and may require 20 percent in-state local travel

Contractor reimbursed at hourly rate equivalent to annual salary of $42,000 to $46,000 plus vacation, sick time, and state holidays. Medical, vision, and dental benefits are not included.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 24. Please send cover letter and resume/CV to Keylee Wright, ICCCP Director, at kwright@isdh.in.gov.

 

Indiana State Cancer Fact Sheet

The Epidemiology Resource Center at the Indiana State Department of Health recently published a new state cancer fact sheet.

To view the fact sheet, please click HERE.

Request for Proposal for Sodium Reduction Initiatives

Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Cardiovascular Health Program

To read the entire application, please click the following: ISDH CVH Mini Grant Application Form.

Funding Opportunity

The impact of cardiovascular disease on the general population cannot be overstated. It is the top killer of adults in Indiana and the U.S.  Stroke, which has cardiovascular origins, is close behind, ranking fourth as a killer of Hoosiers and third as a cause of death nationwide. Death rates due to both heart attack and stroke in Indiana have consistently outpaced US rates over the last ten years.1

The prevalence of hypertension in Indiana has increased by 20 percent in the last five years.  Nearly one third of Hoosiers (31 percent) have been told they have hypertension, or high blood pressure. Nearly 12 percent of Hoosiers who suffered heart attacks also had hypertension, and nearly 6 percent of stroke patients were hypertensive.2 As explained in the background section of this application, a chief factor in the development of hypertension is excessive consumption of sodium.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), through the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control’s Cardiovascular Health Program, in conjunction with the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the availability of funding to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-level sodium reduction initiatives.

Award

Funding up to $60,000 is available for one or more local health departments and/or community coalitions. Funds must be spent by Sept. 30, 2011. Additional funding may become available in future years for successful projects.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Be (1) a local health department (LHD) representing local city, county, district, or tribal communities, OR (2) a community coalition or action team representing the priority population identified in the proposal.
  • Demonstrate the LHD or community coalition’s commitment to the proposed effort, including how the project will collaborate with community partners from various local sources.

Additionally

Requirements

By virtue of applying, applicant agrees to:

  • Operate on a cost-reimbursement basis, accept electronic funds transfer (EFT), and be a registered vendor with the State of Indiana prior to billing for services.
  • Submit monthly progress reports.
  • Participate in mid-project, end, and follow up meetings (in person or by phone) with Indiana State Department of Health personnel to evaluate progress.
  • Share lessons learned with the Indiana State Department of Health and partners in promoting Cardiovascular Health.
  • Commit to and participate in state or national evaluation activities throughout and beyond the funding period.

Agencies unsure of their eligibility status should contact Stephen Clarke, ISDH Cardiovascular Health Program Coordinator, at 317-234-2864 or stclarke@isdh.in.gov .

TIMELINE

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 Request for Proposals made available.
Week of Dec 13 – 17, 2010

Technical assistance is available between the hours of 1:00 and 4 p.m. by calling 317-234-2864 or emailing stclarke@isdh.in.gov.
Friday, Jan 14, 2011 Completed applications must be received via electronic mail by close of business.
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 Grantees will be notified via e-mail.
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2011 Grantee’s project must be completed. All funds must be spent.

Great News for Comprehensive Cancer Control in Indiana

The Indiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program received notification of award this morning – Indiana was funded for Policy Initiatives for Cancer Prevention and Control. Thank you all for your contributions to this proposal. I look forward to working very closely with the Indiana Cancer Consortium as we implement the proposed policy agenda over the next five years:

·        Pass a comprehensive smokefree air law
·        Increase cigarette tax
·        Increase the number of Complete Streets policies
·        Require school corporations to provide at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity in elementary schools

The impact these policy initiatives can make in reducing the burden of cancer and other chronic diseases is very exciting! We have a lot of work to do, but a healthier Indiana is worth the effort.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Keylee M. Wright, M.A.
Director
Indiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Health and Human Services Commission
Indiana State Department of Health
2 N. Meridian St., 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204