The CHIC Annual Meeting information:
Location, Date & Time:
Yolanda J. Barco Oncology Institute Library
16792 Conneaut Lake Rd, Meadville, PA 16335
Monday, December 21st from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Members of CHIC at the Annual MeetingTopics to include:
HPV Vaccine Grant Objectives & Launch
Crawford Health Needs Assessment Report
Tobacco Needs Assessment Report (TBD)
CHIC will hold our regular meeting at 11:30am with programming to start at noon.
Details On HPV grant was covered
Appalachia Community Cancer Network Newsletter attached- Several articles are things done collaboratively with CHIC ACCNFall2015Newsletter
In the news December 2015 – PROTECT Against HPV Project 2016
The Crawford Health Improvement Coalition (CHIC) announced today it was awarded an American Medical Association’s Healthy Living Grant. CHIC will use the grant to fund PROTECT Against HPV Project 2016. The project aims to raise community awareness and provide education about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, as well as, anal, throat, penile, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
The Center for Disease Control reports HPV causes about 27,000 cancers per year, or, a new case every 20 minutes. Data, from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Program of Cancer Registries between 2008 and 2012, shows Crawford County as having significantly higher rates of cervical cancer cases (11.7/100,000) compared to the rest of the state and the U.S. (7.7/100,000.) Crawford County is the second highest in the state after Philadelphia County. Not surprisingly, Crawford County also has very low HPV vaccination rates.
“Our kids are at a higher risk of getting cervical and other cancers from HPV viruses,” says Dr. Kelly Ferguson, DO OB/GYN of Meadville OB/GYN Associates. “and a simple round of three vaccines could prevent that. I am in full support of CHIC’s efforts and getting the word out there.”
The HPV vaccine is given in three doses and can prevent HPV-related cancers. The vaccine can be given between the ages 9-26 for females and ages 9-21 for males but the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that boys and girls get the HPV at ages 11-12 because the HPV vaccine produces the most infection-fighting cells when given at that age. The risk of exposure to HPV increases as teens get older.
CHIC plans to work with area healthcare providers and educators in promoting HPV vaccinations as well as schedule a series of outreach events designed to educate teens, and parents of teens and preteens about the importance of getting the vaccine. The grant funded PROTECT Against HPV activities will include a school based #UDontGetIt campaign, healthcare provider resources to help engage parents to complete the HPV vaccine series, and free community showings of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic documentary.
PROTECT Against HPV Project 2016 programs are set to launch at the CHIC annual meeting on Monday, December 21st. Program events and screening dates will be released after the first of the year.
Crawford Health Improvement Coalition (CHIC) has been working in the county for the past ten years directly impacting the health and well being of the community. A few past prevention activities include flu vaccine awareness and distribution, colon cancer screening awareness, tobacco prevention outreach, and Train the Trainer Program, Understanding Cancer.
“CHIC successes are a direct result of collaborations with other community agencies and educational institutions who share common, health-minded goals.” Says Dawn Mosbacher, RN and Co-Chair of CHIC.” And I’m happy to say the PROTECT Against HPV Project is no different.”
PROTECT Against HPV is in partnership with Meadville Medical Center, Titusville Area Hospital, Crawford State Health Center, Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, Community Clinical Linkages Workgroup of Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, Gateway HealthSM, the American Cancer Society East Central Division, The Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program Crawford County Division, and the Northern Appalachia Cancer Network based at Penn State College of Medicine.
The AMA Healthy Living Grant Program seeks to promote and establish health behaviors in youth. Over $1.2 Million in grants have been awarded to nonprofit health education programs like PROTECT Against HPV Project since 2002.
For more information on the PROTECT Against HPV Project 2016 call 814.758.1919.
Paula Di Gregory
Tobacco Programs Coordinator
NWPA Tobacco Control Program
Local Health Coalition Awarded Cancer Prevention Grant by AMA – Titusville/Meadville, PA