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Grant Opportunity Available

The Indiana Cancer Consortium is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for a multi-phase grant initiative with select cancer centers or hospitals to focus on health systems change for tobacco treatment across Indiana. In order to help address the high smoking rates among those living with cancer, these funds support the development of statewide hospital and cancer treatment centers that are tasked with implementing evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation efforts according to area needs. This funding opportunity includes a baseline assessment of current tobacco prevention and control practices and the development of a 12-month implementation work plan to address specific barriers and gaps in tobacco cessation efforts supported by the ICC Tobacco and Prevention Cessation Manager (TPC Manager).

Project funding is up to $26,000 dependent on the number of organizations awarded. The awarded organization(s) will commit to championing the long-term effort to develop and evaluate evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental change strategies, as outlined in the Indiana Cancer Control Plan. Complete details of project deliverables can be found in the request for application and technical assistance will be provided throughout the project period. 

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, using a systematic technical acceptability review process. The quality and technical merits of the application will be scored using an objective set of criteria.

To download the application, click here.

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THE RELEASE OF THE INDIANA CANCER FACTS AND FIGURES:

FIFTH EDITION

In partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), ICC membership, and partnering organizations, the Indiana Cancer Consortium is proud to release our Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures: Fifth Edition!

At the time of publication, this report provides the most recent and accurate data for the state of Indiana, covering a wide variety of current cancer issues and trends, including cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics, as well as information on decreasing the risk of cancer, cancer symptoms, risk factors, early detection, and treatment.

We will be hosting a webcast to help members become more familiar with the data and better understand the Facts and Figures. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

The ICC would like to thank the ISDH and American Cancer Society for their organizational partnership in the development of this report. We also thank all those who helped make this report a reality, including section authors, report editors, and data contributors. The time, resources, and expertise shared will establish this report as a leading tool for Indiana’s cancer prevention and control efforts. Furthermore, we also recognize the value of all those who will now take this report and act according to its findings.

Registration Now Open

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Care ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) on September 17! The Cancer ECHO will deliver continuing education and actionable learning to health professionals in order to improve delivery of cutting-edge cancer care. Experts from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, the Indiana State Department of Health, the IU School of Medicine, Riley Hospital, the Indiana Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and the IU Simon Cancer Center will provide up-to-date cancer education and evidence-based strategies to health professionals across the state and support implementation of the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020.

Project ECHO is a case-based learning system and guided practice model that increases medical education and workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. Healthcare providers from multiple locations will connect with a specialist or team of specialists through video conferencing at regularly scheduled times. ECHO provides a forum for using case presentations to engage experts and learners in an “All Teach, All Learn” conversation. The key to ECHO’s success is moving knowledge, not patients to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Cancer ECHO is free to all participants. To participate in this ongoing, interactive, and relevant learning, all you need is access to the Internet. Participating with a webcam is highly encouraged but not required. No cost CME credits will be provided to all participants.

Additional benefits include:

  • Enabling providers to practice at the top of their licenses by confidently treating patients with common complex conditions.
  • Allowing patients to stay in their local communities and receive treatment from their own healthcare providers in their medical homes.
  • Enabling healthcare providers to acquire new skills and competencies.
  • Becoming part of a community of practice, increased professional satisfaction, decreased feelings of isolation when practicing in rural and underserved communities.

ECHO sessions are 90 minutes and include a brief didactic presentation of a topic related to cancer care and case-based discussions of patients submitted by participants. Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Care ECHO clinics will begin on Tuesday, September 17 and are scheduled every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 12:00pm-1:30pm ET for one year. We know that busy providers may not be able to join every ECHO clinic. Each ECHO clinic will be archived so registered participants can see what they missed! Please join us as your schedule permits.

Please click here to complete the online registration. Space is limited. For questions or more information, please contact Anyé Carson by phone (317-278-9725), email (carsona@iu.edu), or visit our FAQs page and the IU ECHO Center website.