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Southern Oregon projects get Knight Cancer Institute funding

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Southern Oregon efforts to provide prostate cancer awareness and hospice support are getting support themselves from the Knight Cancer Institute.

They are among nine organizations getting Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute funding to address local cancer-related needs.

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice submitted a project to reach the Spanish-speaking population in Oregon as the only end-of-life program outside of hospice in the Rogue Valley.  It manages Celia’s House as a residential end-of-life care facility.

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice Executive Director Dwight Wilson is a nurse by training. He says his team will use the grant funds to explore new ways to engage with the Latinx community, "We've learned that important end-of-life discussions don't always happen in Latinx families. We want to engage the community in a way that’s meaningful – palliative care includes managing chronic, ongoing challenges with age. Palliation does not always mean end-of-life; having those discussions earlier can be incredibly empowering for patients and their families. We want to engage the Latinx community in this conversation."

Best Health Consult LLC in Klamath Falls also it getting Knight Cancer Institute funds for its effort to get people to "Know Your Prostate" regarding knowledge and burden of prostate cancer.

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The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute says its, "Community Partnership Program has awarded funding to community-led projects designed to address cancer-related needs across the state. This round of funding supports six new projects and continues funding for three others. Since 2014, the Community Partnership Program has invested more than $4.6 million in 179 projects around the state."  It says projects getting funding in this grant cycle include: 

  • Samaritan Health Services, Inc. — Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Intercommunity Health Network (IHN)-CCO Members.
  • Best Health Consult LLC — Know Your Prostate (Knowledge and burden of Prostate Cancer) in Klamath Falls.
  • Adventist Health Portland Foundation — Slavic Community Cancer Needs Assessment and Solutions.
  • Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice — Active Cancer Patient Inquiry for Interest, Need and for End-of-Life Education and Counseling.
  • Komak — Measuring Impacts and Outcomes of Komak's Process of Financial Support During Cancer Treatment.
  • Good Shepherd Health Care System — Colorectal Cancer Screening & Prevention.
  • Oregon School-Based Health Alliance*— Latinx Youth Peer Education for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevention.
  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church* — Community Cancer Awareness and Healthy Living Symposium - Implement Body & Soul Program.
  • Thadd's Place* — Thadd's Place Cancer Group.

Learn more about the projects funded

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