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The 2017-2018 SD DOH Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Implementation Grant Recipients include:

Community Health Center of the Black Hills (CHCBH)-$7,228.66
Community Health Center of the Black Hills will implement evidence-based interventions (client reminders, provider assessment and feedback, provider reminders, and a policy/workflow) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates.  CHCBH will implement these interventions at the three CHCBH locations: CHCBH Main Clinic, CHCBH General Beadle School-Based Clinic, & Cornerstone Rescue Mission Outreach Clinic.

Horizon Healthcare Inc.-$19,493.76
Horizon Healthcare Inc. will implement evidence-based interventions (client reminders, provider assessment and feedback, and patient navigation) to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening rates.  Horizon will implement these interventions in the clinics sites of Alcester Community Health Center, Elk Point Community Health Center, and Yankton Community Health Center.

Regional Health-$20,000
Regional Health will implement evidence-based interventions (client and provider reminders) to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening rates. Regional Health will implement these interventions in six primary care clinics located in the communities of Rapid City (2), Spearfish, Sturgis, Lead/Deadwood, and Custer.


HPV Vaccination Task Force Presents Recognition Awards

Andrea Polkinghorn, RN, Clinical Services Manager at Sanford Health was recognized as the HPV Vaccination Champion of the Year for her efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates. Andrea is pictured with Sarah Quail, SD Department of Health Cancer Programs Coordinator (left), and Tim Heath, SD Department of Health Immunization Program Manager (right).

Platte Medical Clinic was recognized as the HPV Vaccination Organization of the Year for their dedication to increasing HPV vaccination rates. Pictured from left are Sarah Quail, SD Department of Health Cancer Programs Coordinator; Lori Heath, RN at Platte Medical Clinic; Mindi Veurink, RN at Platte Medical Clinic; and Tim Heath, SD Department of Health Immunization Program Manager.


SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Recognizes Efforts to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

A South Dakota health care professional and a health care facility are being recognized for their efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening as part of a national effort to screen 80 percent of the eligible population by 2018.

The state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force has honored Sara Romeo, RN Navigator for Falls Community Health, and Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics in the Sioux Falls Region for increasing screening rates among their eligible patients. Sara was awarded the 80 percent by 2018 Champion of the Year Award and Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics received the 80 percent by 2018 Organization of the Year Award.

“The staff at the Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics and Sara Romeo should be applauded for their hard work and dedication to increase colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in South Dakota,” said Karen Cudmore, cancer programs director for the Department of Health; “We know that colorectal cancer screening tests can save lives, but the reality is too many adults aren’t following the recommendation for regular screening beginning at age 50.”

According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, just 66.7 percent of South Dakota adults aged 50 to 75 were up to date with colorectal cancer screening. The state is part of a national effort working toward the goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018.

For more information about screening, go to GetScreened.SD.gov.

Sanford Clinic & Sanford Health Network received the 80 percent by 2018 Organization of the Year Award for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. Pictured from left are Jill Ireland, SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force, Dan Heinemann, MD, Health Network Vice President and Medical Officer, Sanford Clinic and Sanford Health Network, and Terri L Carlson, Executive Director, Sanford Health.

Sara Romeo, RN, Falls Community Health Nurse Navigator, received the 80 percent by 2018 Champion of the Year Award for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. She is pictured with (left) Sarah Quail, SD Department of Health Cancer Program Coordinator and (right) Jill Ireland, SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force.

 


CDC: Two shots enough for most young patients getting HPV vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that 11- to 12-year olds receive two doses of the HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of the HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections. For more information, read the full MMWR.


Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report Released

The Blue Ribbon Task Force issued a report describing 10 transformative research recommendations for achieving the Cancer Moonshot’s ambitious goal of making a decade’s worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in just 5 years. Read the report.