Access to Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients in Hancock and Washington Counties must travel long distances to get to the major treatment Center in Brewer. The Beth C. Wright Center through its financial assistance program eases the financial stresses of accessing cancer treatments for people living in Hancock and Washington Counties. The Center also helps people get to treatment by making referrals to Sarah’s House, a non-profit organization that offers overnight stays to people getting treatment in Brewer for just a small donation.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Access to Cancer Treatment $50,000 Transportation Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2017 General Operating Support $15,000 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2017 Access to Cancer Treatment $7,500 Transportation Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2016 Access to Cancer Treatment $15,000 Transportation Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2015 Access To Cancer Treatment $7,000 Transportation Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2013 Evaluation of Financial Assistance Program $9,800 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2011 Funding for Program Coordinator Position $10,000 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2010 Housing Assistance for Cancer Patients in Hancock and Washington Counties $5,520 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2008 Committee To Tackle Cancer Issues in Washington County $2,500 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2006 Support Grant $2,200 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2005 Support Grant $1,500 Support Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
2005 Real Life Science: Conversations on Cancer Research and Coping with Scientists from Jackson Lab $700 Education Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

MPHA Tobacco Coalition for Cancer Prevention

The Maine Public Health Association's Tobacco Coalition is comprised of advocacy leaders and researchers focused on tobacco use prevention and cessation. This project will provide funding to enhance our advocacy and education efforts related to cancer prevention, specifically related to tobacco use.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Maine Tobacco Coalition for Cancer Prevention $99,264 Prevention Maine Public Health Association
2017 MPHA Tobacco Coalition for Cancer Prevention $10,000 Prevention Maine Public Health Association
2015 Reducing Cancer Rates in Maine through Tobacco Education and Policy Development $50,000 Education Maine Public Health Association
2013 Investing In Maine's Future through Public Health, Education and Advocacy $25,000 Prevention Maine Public Health Association

Sun Safety with the Portland Sea Dogs

In this project, the City of Portland Public Health Division will partner with the Portland Sea Dogs on a Sun Safety campaign for the 2017 baseball season. The campaign will include both sunscreen dispensers as well as sun safety promotion and education throughout the ball park. The Portland Sea Dogs baseball games at Hadlock Field are popular events in Maine lasting from April through September, and the sunscreen dispensers would act as a sustainable tool for increasing sun safety and preventing skin cancer.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Sun Safety with the Portland Sea Dogs $20,000 Prevention City of Portland Public Health Division
2016 Sun Safety at Casco Bay Lines $5,000 Prevention City of Portland Public Health Division

Waldo Screen to Save

This project will implement evidence-based intervention strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among the rural communities served by Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH), its four affiliated healthcare centers and 19 primary care practices. WCGH’s Population Health Team of three Patient Care Coordinators will work proactively with primary care providers and staff to deliver colorectal cancer prevention education, FIT screening kits and other educational and screening resources to over 2000 patients per year, for each of the two project years.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Waldo Screen to Save $45,566 Screening Waldo County General Hospital
2010 Patient Navigator Program $6,465 Navigator Waldo County General Hospital

80% Colon Cancer Screening Project

This project will implement multi component interventions to increase colon cancer screening rates as recommended by the CDC Community Guide. Winthrop Family Medicine, Augusta Family Medicine and Gardiner Family Practices in partnership with MaineGeneral's Prevention center will increase colon cancer screening rates in these 3 practices to 80% by implementing new practice workflows including the use of Community Health Workers who will address barriers to screening with patients.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 80% Colon Cancer Screening Project $99,627 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2017 Reducing Barriers to Cancer Care for Low Income, Rural Residents of Kennebec and Somerset County $161,562 Navigator MaineGeneral Health
2016 Expansion of the Role of Community Health Workers to Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates $29,937 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2012 Cancer Screening Navigator Program $25,000 Screening MaineGeneral Health
2010 Move More exercise $5,000 Education MaineGeneral Health
2008 "No Polyp, No Cancer" Program Funding $10,000 Education MaineGeneral Health

One-by-One, CRC Screening and Navigation Project

The One-by-One, CRC Screening and Navigation Project will partner with the Community Para-medicine program of NorthStar Emergency Medical Services throughout Franklin County, bringing colorectal cancer education and non-invasive screening options to individuals in the security of their own homes. Year One will focus on 1:1 engagement while Year Two will branch into school systems, businesses and worksites. The program will pilot the business challenge with FCHN employees, and add area worksites, one-by-one.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 General Operating Support $50,000 Prevention Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2017 One-by-One, CRC Screening and Navigation Project $99,832 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Conquering Cancer in Franklin County $6,500 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Tobacco Free Franklin $199,976 Prevention Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Franklin's Navigator Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening $164,000 Navigator Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2013 Conquering Colon Cancer in Greater Franklin County $25,000 Prevention Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2012 Conquering Cancer in Greater Franklin County $10,000 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2008 Cancer Education in Franklin County $10,000 Education Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2003 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign $5,000 Education Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County

Expanding Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening through Patient Outreach and Recall

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) will expand our colorectal cancer prevention efforts to Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast.  We will hire a patient navigator medical assistant who will work closely with PCHC clinical leadership and Seaport providers to adopt processes and procedures to improve colorectal cancer screening rates.  The patient navigator will utilize a population health management approach that involves outreach and education.  While this project will focus on colorectal cancer screening, the navigator will also help identify those who are due for breast and cerv

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Expanding Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening through Patient Outreach and Recall $100,000 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2016 Peer-Led Tobacco Cessation Training at Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse $26,116 Prevention Penobscot Community Health Care
2016 Provide a Reminder and Recall System for Colorectal Cancer Screening $30,000 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Gaps-in-Care Cancer Screening $38,500 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Eliminating Barriers to Cancer Screening through Use of Navigator Medical Assistants $164,000 Navigator Penobscot Community Health Care

Building Capacity at MaineHealth to Enahance Colorectal Cancer Screening

At MaineHealth (MH) we plan to significantly improve our colon cancer screening rates by building out our colon cancer screening documentation into our Epic Shared Electronic Health Record (SeHR) using Information Services support and a dedicated Medical Assistant to retrieve and identify patient documentation and data for colon cancer screening. Once this data is entered into Epic, appropriate documentation is retained, reminders set up, and updates made periodically in perpetuity.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2016 Building Capacity at MaineHealth to Enahance Colorectal Cancer Screening $28,863 Screening Maine Medical Center
2016 The Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening (Maine LungCAPS) Initiative $400,000 Prevention Maine Medical Center
2015 Extending Lung Cancer Screening to Primary Care $49,899 Screening Maine Medical Center
2013 Lung Cancer Screening Shared Decision-Making $25,536 Screening Maine Medical Center
2013 Endometrial Cancer & Obesity: A Survivorship Program $10,000 Survivorship Maine Medical Center
2012 Improving Colorectal Cencer Screenings in Low-Income Primary Care Settings Using Shared Decision Making $97,860 Research Maine Medical Center
2012 Cancer Survivorship Support $10,000 Survivorship Maine Medical Center
2012 Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency $5,000 Support Maine Medical Center
2012 Gas Cards for Emergency Aid $1,000 Beacon Fund Maine Medical Center
2012 Inhibitory Effects of Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-4(IGFBP-4) on Melanoma Growth and Metastasis $73,848 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 FGF Export from Endothelial Cells: Protumorigenic Potential and Methods of Regulation $86,877 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Validating Prediction Tools for Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Outcomes $71,029 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Increase Immigrant Screening $8,011 Screening Maine Medical Center
2011 Communicating Risk $9,413 Education Maine Medical Center
2011 Notch Regulation of the Tumor Supressor miR-145 in Breast Cancer Cells $94,184 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Inceptive Role of miR-199b in Acute Myeloid Leukemia $92,000 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Small Molecule Inhibitors of Twist1 Function to Inhibit Tumor Progression $73,039 Research Maine Medical Center
2009 Predicting Quality of Life Outcomes after Prostate Cancer Treatment $45,295 Research Maine Medical Center
2006 Reduction of breast cancer by the Notch signaling pathway $35,000 Research Maine Medical Center
2001 Ronald J . Carroll, M.D. Lecture Fund at Maine Medical Center $10,000 Education Maine Medical Center
1979 Pediatric Cancer Seminar Education Maine Medical Center

Sun Safety at Casco Bay Lines

The goal of this project is to provide sunscreen dispensers to Casco Bay Lines, the year-round, heavily used Ferry System in Portland, Maine. The sunscreen dispensers will act as a sustainable tool for increasing sun safety and may be used by both patrons and employees.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Sun Safety with the Portland Sea Dogs $20,000 Prevention City of Portland Public Health Division
2016 Sun Safety at Casco Bay Lines $5,000 Prevention City of Portland Public Health Division

Partnering with Rural Health Centers to Boost Testing for Arsenic-Contaminated Well Water

The goal of this pilot project is to increase well water testing for arsenic among rural populations, through a collaboration between the East Grant Health Center in Danforth, and the Pleasant Point Tribal Health Center that serves the Passamaquoddy tribal area Down East.

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Partnering with Rural Health Centers to Boost Testing for Arsenic-Contaminated Well Water $10,000 Prevention Environmental Health Strategy Center

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