Complete Streets [INFOGRAPH]

The city of Indianapolis adopted Indiana’s sixth Complete Streets policy on August 23. In honor of the success, the ICC has released our latest infograph that models a Complete Street, details the health and economic benefit of active transportation, and illustrates how much of Indiana is now covered by a Complete Streets policy.

Complete Streets legislation ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind including pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, mass transit riders, and those with disabilities. When “streets are complete,” alternative modes of transportation (walking, biking, etc.) are more attractive; physical activity is promoted; safety is improved for all users, and in the case of safe routes to school, safety is improved for children; and the unintended negative health outcomes of a less active lifestyle are minimized.

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July is UV Safety Month

Warm weather usually means lots of time outdoors grilling out on the deck and playing in the pool. July is UV Safety Month and encourages people to protect themselves from the sun.

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources, like tanning beds, can be a big risk factor for developing skin cancer. When going outside, always take measures to protect yourself from the sun.

Listed below are tips on what you can do to prevent yourself and loved ones:

  • Limit or avoid exposure to the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • Wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear clothing that has built-in SPF in the fabric or wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and long pants.
  • Wear a hat that protects your scalp and shades your face, neck, and ears.
  • ALWAYS protect your skin—Skin is still exposed to UV rays even on cloudy days and during the winter months. Use extra caution around water, snow, and sand as they reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Avoid use of tanning beds and sun lamps.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ocular melanoma.

According to the 2012 Indiana Cancer Facts & Figures report, skin cancers affect more people than lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.  The two most common types of cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, are highly curable; however, melanoma, the third most common form of skin cancer, is deadlier.

The best way to detect skin cancer early is to recognize changes in skin growths or the appearance of new growths. Adults should thoroughly examine their skin about once a month.  New or unusual lesions or a progressive change in a lesion’s appearance–size, shape or color, should be evaluated promptly by a health care provider.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its skin cancer final recommendation statement in May. In an update to its 2003 recommendation, the USPSTF now recommends counseling children, adolescents and young adults ages 10 to 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce risk for and prevent incidence of skin cancer. The final recommendation statement is available on the USPSTF Web site at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsskco.htm.

To learn more information about skin cancer and melanoma, please refer to the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012.

 

 

The Impact of Cancer in Indiana [INFOGRAPH]

April is National Cancer Control Awareness Month. Cancer control month highlights advances in fighting cancer like prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.

This month, the Indiana Cancer Consortium hosted our 2012 Annual Meeting on April 27 at Joseph E. Walther Hall at IUPUI. During the event, we unveiled the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012 and our second infograph entitled “The Impact of Cancer in Indiana.”

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The Impact of Cancer in Indiana

Safe Routes to School in Indiana

Longtime ICC member Health by Design recently rebranded the Safe Routes to School Workgroup as the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership. Check out the Partnership’s new logo!

The Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership is hosting many initiatives during April and May to increase the number of Hoosier Children safely walking and biking to school. The ICC supports these events and encourages our membership to attend to learn more about Safe Routes to School policy and advocacy.

Through the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014, the ICC works to increase policies that promote physical activity for students, and we specifically advocate for Safe Routes to School programs including both infrastructure projects and educational activities that facilitate safe walking and biking to school.

Safe Routes to School programs also directly relate to the ICC Policy Agenda. The ICC advocates for Complete Streets policies at the state and local level, which ensure that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind. When “streets are complete,” alternative modes of transportation (walking, biking, etc.) are more attractive; physical activity is promoted; safety is improved for all users, and in the case of safe routes to school, safety is improved for children; and the unintended chronic disease effects of a less active lifestyle is minimized.

To learn more about the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and their upcoming events, please visit the Health By Design. To learn more about how the ICC is involved, join the ICC Advocacy Committee.

 

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.

 

Job Opening: District 6 Cancer Coalition Coordinator

Purposes and Overall Responsibilities of this Position

The District 6 (D6) Cancer Coalition Coordinator works under the guidance of the Indiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (ICCCP) Health Policy Coordinator and Administrator of the Delaware County Health Department to support all activities associated with the D6 Cancer Control Coalition, such as: managing mini-grant process; reporting; and providing general oversight for coalition communications, events, and meetings. The D6 Cancer Coalition Coordinator will coordinate the activities of the coalition including meeting scheduling, in-kind and attendance tracking, event planning, membership recruitment, project and program support, and other duties as assigned. Work is broad in scope involving strong communication, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate mini-grant process to support the ICCCP and the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) in efforts to address the disproportionate lung cancer burden in D6 through public and organizational policy initiatives, health systems change, and health communications
  • Coordinate release of a Request for Proposals, formal review process, and contract execution with mini-grantees
  • Oversee cancer control interventions carried out at the local level by mini-grantees in D6
  • Submit quarterly program activity reports to the ICCCP Health Policy Coordinator
  • Collect quarterly program activity reports specific to mini-grantee work and submit aggregate reports to the ICCCP Health Policy Coordinator
  • Fulfill additional data requests as needed to the ICCCP and ICC
  • Participate in regular meetings and/or conference calls with ICCCP Health Policy Coordinator
  • Write and implement a coalition development plan that involves participation from all sectors (education, health care, civic, faith, business, and youth) in D6
  • Develop communication channels and outreach between the coalition and: local health departments; hospitals and local health clinics; rural health clinics; federally qualified and community health centers; community mental health centers; minority health coalitions; addictions treatment facilities; Purdue Extension offices; schools – public and private; state and local policymakers; public housing authorities; local chambers of commerce; businesses; not-for-profit organizations; cancer centers; hospice/palliative care providers; and cancer registries
  • Host monthly D6 Cancer Control Coalition meetings
  • Document coalition meetings with transcribed minutes
  • Attend all required training opportunities and workshops (coordinator will be notified of all required trainings and workshops through the ICCCP Health Policy Coordinator)
  • Facilitate increased coalition membership and meeting attendance, with the goal of attaining representation from all 13 counties in D6
  • Present on the efforts, activities, and progress of the D6 Cancer Control Coalition to the ICC Steering Committee and as part of the ICC Annual Meeting (dates TBD)

Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Science, or a related field required. Masters of Public Health preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to interpret 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
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to professionals and general public
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience with project coordination in an interdisciplinary/team environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state, local community, and/or health organizations and other stakeholders
  • Computer knowledge in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher
  • Ability to travel – Requires up to 30 percent in-state local travel
  • Resides in one of the 13 counties within D6 (Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Tipton, Union, or Wayne)

Part-time position, up to 25 hours per week, at a rate of $18 per hour. Position housed at the Delaware County Health Department. To apply, please send cover letter with CV/resume to Katelin Ryan at karyan@isdh.in.gov by Friday, December 23, 2011. Please identify title of position in email subject line.


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!