Funding Opportunity: Prostate Cancer Educational Workshops

Excluding all types of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Indiana men and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. During 2004-2008, according to the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012, there were approximately 3,954 cases of prostate cancer and 602 deaths per year in Indiana. African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic group and they are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as white men.

Due to the uncertainties in prostate cancer screening techniques and outcomes, most organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend informed decision making. Informed decision making is defined by the CDC as when a man:

  • Understands the nature and risks of prostate cancer.
  • Understands the risks, benefits, and alternatives to prostate cancer screening.
  • Participates in decision making at a level he desires.
  • Makes a decision consistent with his preferences and values, or defers the decision to a later time.

An ICC partner, the Cancer Early Detection Section at the Indiana State Department of Health, has announced a funding opportunity for the planning and implementation of prostate cancer educational workshops that provide Indiana men, aged 40-65, with an overview of prostate cancer, risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening, and the importance of informed decision making. Please note, discussing informed decision making is a requirement in order to receive grant awards. Grant awards of up to $2,499 will be reimbursed to selected organizations for conducting these workshops.

Please visit the RFP to learn more and apply.

Funding Opportunity: Workplace Wellness Initiative

The Indiana State Department of Health Cancer Control section just released a funding opportunity to help develop a pilot program for cancer screening initiatives in the workplace. Cancer screening is critical — early detection not only increases the effectiveness of treatment, but also long-term survival rates. And, often the workplace is seen as the new frontier in health initiatives. But why? What can the workplace gain by promoting cancer screenings?

In March 2008, 63 percent of the non-institutionalized adult population, approximately 145,969,000 adults, in the U.S. was employed – this means that a bulk of the average-risk population for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer screening could be found at work. For every employee without cancer, employers spend an average of $3,000 per year in direct medical costs. For employees with cancer, that number jumps to $16,000 per year in direct medical costs.

About 2.4 million Hoosiers, or two out of every five, will eventually develop cancer. This means that for a company that employs 100 people, 40 will develop cancer. That means for the 40 people who develop cancer the employer will spend $640,000 in direct medical costs, as opposed to the $180,000 in medical costs for the 60 healthy employees. Just in terms of dollars and cents, it makes sense to develop programs that encourage employees to participate in screenings that detect cancer early – sometimes before it is even considered cancer.

Wellness programs and initiatives in the workplace benefit the employers with a decrease in lost productivity and healthier bottom lines – but more importantly, workplace wellness and cancer screening programs save lives.

View the application for this funding opportunity.