Grants fund projects from cancer prevention through survivorship
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute created the Community Partnership Program to support the development of sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities to address community-identified cancer needs. Grants fund projects anywhere along the cancer continuum from prevention through survivorship. Projects range from the implementation of a community needs assessment about tobacco prevention to supporting the expansion of an existing cancer education program for elementary school students. Generally, proposals are accepted for submission twice per year, in January and July. Three tiers of grants are available to applicants to meet the differing needs of Oregon communities and to help applicants grow proposals into robust, sustainable programs.
The Community Partnership Program has awarded $4.8M to 183 projects
To date, the program has invested more than $6.4M in 183 projects across Oregon, which includes $4.8M in grant awards. While over two-thirds of the program budget directly funds projects, about one-quarter goes toward funding grantee support that provides trainings on project design and evaluation, carries out program evaluation, and supports costs to bring grantees to an annual conference to share learnings. Less than 10% of the program budget is directed to administrative costs to support the grant submission platform, distribution of awards, and organizing the annual grantee conference.
Geographic and demographic reach
Funded projects have impacted all 36 Oregon counties, and funded organizations are located in 42 cities across the state. The program has reached 100,306 Oregonians since 2014, with 40% focusing exclusively on cancer issues in rural communities only, while an additional 41% include both rural and urban communities.
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Addressing cancer-related health disparities
The Community Partnership Program highly encourages proposals that address cancer-related health disparities and increase equity for Oregon communities that have been historically disadvantaged and/or marginalized. By supporting communities in addressing cancer-related health disparities, including disparities related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location and disability, the Community Partnership Program aims to help reduce the disproportionate impact of cancer.
Some Community Partnership Program-funded projects have taken steps to address cancer-related health disparities experienced by specific communities and populations.
Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services
Established a walking program in four communities in Klamath County aimed at reducing obesity and other risk factors for cancer.
Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and Health Center
Utilized culturally appropriate strategies to increase colorectal screening among low-income Latino/as who were receiving care at Virginia Garcia’s community health centers.
Asian Health and Service Center
Created a cancer resource center that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate education and support services to the Asian community in the Portland metro area.
The Community Partnership Program periodically offers Special Call funding opportunities to address specific community and/or cancer institute priorities. Each Special Call is unique in its focus area, number of grants available, and application/review process.
|Cancer screening promotion||Four grants awarded to create cancer-screening communication plans based on the NCI/NIH The Pink Book.||2022|
|COVID-19||14 grants awarded to support community-driven projects related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over three priority areas: 1) COVID-19 and its intersection with cancer, 2) COVID-19 in relation to social determinants of health, or 3) Impacts of COVID-19 on populations disproportionately affected||2020|
|Community Action Model||Four grants awarded to support community organizations in increasing the awareness and acceptability of the HPV vaccine using a two-year, five step process resulting in policy, systems, and/or environmental changes.||2019|
|Step It Up Survivors!||Four grants awarded to implement evidence-based walking programs among cancer survivors, their friends and family. Results from this initiative were published in a 2020 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.||2017|
|Community physical activity promotion and healthy corner stores||Four grants awarded to reduce obesity at the community level through implementation of one of two evidence-based approaches: 1) Improving healthy food offerings at corner stores, or 2) Promotion of physical activity at the community level||2016|