For 2016, the C4 Board of Directors released a Request for Proposals that was distributed throughout California. The Board agreed to distribute $85,025 for grants that met the competitive review criteria. Of the sixteen proposals reviewed, ten proposals were funded. The projects propose to build upon resources available for Californians to ambitiously raise screening rates for colorectal cancer and improve patient outcomes.
- Lifelong Medical – Berkeley, CA
- UC San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
- Vista Community Clinic – Vista, CA
- Family Health Centers of San Diego – San Diego, CA
- United American Indian Invovlement – Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego Medical Society Foundation – San Diego, CA
- Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation – Fountain Valley, CA
- Operation Samahan – National City, CA
- Neighborhood Healthcare – Escondido, CA
- White Memorial Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA
The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership Awarded Awards $13 Million Grant
San Diego State University and UC San Diego received a $13 million grant from the NCI to renew an academic-community partnership. The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership, one of only 12 programs funded through NCI’s Comprehensive Partnerships for the Advancement of Health Equity, will support 30 joint research projects, research education programs for undergraduate students of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are studying cancer and cancer disparities as well as collaborations with community partners, researchers and students. A close partnership with federally qualified community health centers that care for traditionally underserved Hispanic populations is an innovative feature of the program, which includes a research partnership with San Ysidro Health Centers and a community outreach program with Family Health Centers of San Diego.
The work at San Ysidro Health Centers (SYHC) includes a randomized trial of the impact of in-clinic education, outreach with system-level mailed invitations to complete a fecal immunochemical test, or both for promotion of colorectal cancer screening among traditionally underserved Latinos. Pilot work for this study was supported in part by a grant from the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition to SYCH and the San Diego County Medical Society’s Project Access program. The work at Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) includes an initiative to ensure complete diagnostic follow up for patients with abnormal cancer screening tests. Project Access provided a letter of support confirming their commitment to aiding uninsured FHCSD patients receive tests such as diagnostic colonoscopy after an abnormal fecal immunochemical test that was important for ensuring funding.