The Maine Cancer Foundation has issued an RFP for Cancer Screenings in Maine.
Nationwide and in Maine, many cancer screenings were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the foundation, cancer is the leading cause of death in Maine, with more than eight thousand adults newly diagnosed and more than three thousand dying from the disease annually. Screening is a cornerstone of cancer control, in that cancer screening tests increase the chance of finding the disease early, when treatment is likely to work best. With some cancers, including colorectal and cervical, screening can even prevent the occurrence of cancer.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for evidence-based interventions designed to increase the number of and/or improve the quality of cancer screenings in the state. Screenings that will be considered under this RFP include breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, and skin cancer. Proposals should use evidence-based practices endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Maine Cancer Foundation is most interested in providing funds for programs that do one or more of the following: implement policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes (e.g.. creation of patient reminder systems); include clearly defined goals and measurable results; implement best practices related to cancer screenings; increase the number and quality of cancer screenings in geographically underserved regions and among underserved populations (e.g., uninsured or underinsured individuals, rural populations, racial and ethnic minorities, and/or the LGBTQ+ community); demonstrate collaboration among Maine organizations; pilot a new idea (using evidence-based guidelines); and/or include interventions implemented in the primary care setting.
Grants of up to $20,000 a yer for up to two years will be awarded under the RFP.
To be eligible, applicants must be designated as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the Maine Cancer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.