Community Event Awards for up to $5000
Healthcare systems serving Minnesotans are encouraged to apply for up to $5000 to host a Community Lung Screening Patient or Neighborhood Event in 2023 for improved lung screening uptake.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) will fund up to six screening awards payable in August and September of 2023 for the sole purpose of supporting a community event focused on lung screening with the LDCT scan. Each award will be up to $5000 depending on the submitted grant budget and the discretion of ABOH. Because ABOH believes early detection is the quickest way to an improved survival rate, this funding is flexible and is meant to support efforts to screen more eligible patients for lung cancer.
The grants are designed to help healthcare systems and screening programs overcome barriers to screening among their eligible patients, and to improve patient screening uptake toward the goal of earlier detection of lung cancer.
This 2023 grant cycle is offered to Minnesota lung cancer screening programs or primary care practices with formal lung screening patient ID practices. Applicants will be clinics or hospitals that currently have a patient lung cancer eligibility identification process in place and/or offer lung screening and treatment for lung cancer patients. Applications require at least one physician’s signature (the physician must be tied to the lung screening ID process or the lung cancer program).
Grant funds may be used to create marketing materials needed to promote the event in your community or among your patients, advertise in your community, pay for tents/tables, entertainment, swag, and food, and/or purchase gift cards to encourage eligible community members to receive an LDCT scan.
The primary focus of these events is to identify and screen eligible community members, however, other health-related topics/resources can also be included in the event, such as radon awareness, nutrition, tobacco cessation, etc. As needed, ABOH staff will work with you and promote your event to ensure a successful event. Our board screening expert, Dr. Abbie Begnaud (UMN) is available to consult as needed.
Identifying award winners: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH), in collaboration with an outside panel of oncology professionals and patient advocates, will evaluate the merit of proposals submitted in response to the request for proposals (RFP).
Many studies, such as those below, validate the increase in survivorship through a successful lung screening program, however, lung screening uptake remains low in the U.S.
USPSTF Screening Guidelines as of March 2021
AAFP 2021 Recommendations
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TIMELINE FOR SUBMISSION AND REVIEW
|May 11, 2023
||Announcement of screening grants
|July 10, 2023
||Deadline for submission of full proposals (11:59 p.m. CST)
||Professional Peer Review
||Funding notification will be e-mailed and announced on the ABOH website
|August 30, 2023
|February 28, 2024
||Semi-annual progress report due
|July 30, 2023
||Final progress report due