Scioto Cancer Coalition Wins State Award

Sharon Carver, center, community health specialist at SOMC, accepts the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC) Model Program Award. Presenting the award are Don McClure, left, and Jeff Lycan, right. McClure is co-chair of OPCC and CEO of the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division. Lycan is co-chair of OPCC and president of the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Scioto County’s Fight Cancer…Save Lives Coalition has won the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC) Model Program Award for its 2008 “Take A Health Break” project.

The project focused on female employees at Wal-Mart’s New Boston store, providing them with information about cancer prevention including nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. Workers also were supplied with educational materials about community health programs and affordable breast cancer screening services for low-income and underinsured residents.

The educational sessions were conducted on-site at the store between May and August 2007. Participants were asked to complete a health assessment at the beginning of the project.

A comprehensive approach to cancer education has proven to be effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer as well as improve overall health, according to a spokesman for the OPCC, which selects the model program winners.

The Scioto program was one of six statewide recognized by OPCC. Model programs were selected based on their efforts in eight key areas: planning and systemic change, primary prevention, early detection, data and surveillance, treatment and care, research and clinical trials, palliation and quality of life and survivorship.

OPCC is a statewide coalition of cancer-related organizations.