New Funding Opportunity for American Indian and Alaska Native communities

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will soon issue a new funding opportunity to support increased colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  ACS will offer grants of up to $100,00 ($50,000 per year for 2 years) to five organizations to support the implementation of CRC screening projects aimed to improve screening and decrease CRC disparities.  Details are included in the letter HERE.

The formal RFA will be released this spring, but we are circulating this information now in order to provide advance notice to organizations that may be interested in pursuing one of these grants, and allow them to be prepared to respond to the RFA upon its release.  If your organization may be interested in pursuing one of these grants we are requesting the submission of a non-binding Letter of Interest (LOI).  Please submit the LOI and any questions to spo@cancer.org by February 28, 2017.

As many of you know, in April 2016, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the ACS co-sponsored a meeting to explore barriers and solutions to increasing CRC screening in AI/AN communities.  The RFA represents one step ACS is taking to advance that work.  Thank you to those of you who shared significant contributions at that meeting.

We encourage you to apply and to share widely with other organizations that are working to improve the health of AI/AN populations.

AI/AN CHANGE Data Progress Report Form Example 2017

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WEBINAR -- "Business or Exploitation?"  Exposure of the tobacco industry's exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions -- Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1 p.m. EST (60 minutes) - Brought to you by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control, and Truth Initiative® -- Presenters:  Margaret Jaco Manecke, MSSW, Project Manager, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health; Ashley Persie, Senior Brand Marketing Associate, Truth Initiative®; Judith (Jodi) Prochaska, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of medicine, Stanford University -- Webinar Objectives:  1.  Explain why people with mental health conditions (depression and ADHD, for example) and substance use disorders have been historically targeted by the tobacco industry.  2.  State whether adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders smoke more than adults without those conditions.  3.  Describe the morbidity rates of people with mental health conditions and name specific causes of death that can be attributed to tobacco use.  4.  Explain the impact of the truth® campaign among its target audience.  5.  Describe evidence-based approaches for treating tobacco use and tobacco addiction in persons with co-occurring mental illness.  6.  Describe how you can leverage the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control's tools, resources, and network to combat tobacco use & cancer disparities among individuals with mental illnesses and addictions and network members.  REGISTER HERE | DOWNLOAD FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

It's About a Billion Lives Symposium -- February 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - SAVE THE DATE - LEARN MORE

EVENT -Dialogue for Action® - April 11-13, 2018; Hilton McLean Tysons Corner; McLean, VirginiaDialogue for Action® is an annual national conference that brings a diversity of stakeholders together to discuss the best ways to reinforce cancer screening, prevention, and risk reduction initiatives in their communities.  The Wednesday through Friday schedule is packed with unique opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in engaging presentations facilitated conversations, relationship building, and more.  LEARN MORE

Funding Opportunity - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Policies for Action:  Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health - HERE