KCP works with community partners to provide services, mobilize resources, and help communities address cancer issues and problems. Specifically, KCP serves Kentuckians in the following ways:
|COALITIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
We develop and participate in coalitions and partnerships in the community to facilitate collaboration and share resources for cancer prevention and control efforts. KCP assists organizations and groups with planning, carrying out, and evaluating cancer activtities and programs. Since 1992, KCP has worked with the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program to organize more than 50 breast and cervical cancer coalitions across the state to increase screening for these cancers among low-income women.
We collaborate with local organizations and health care providers to increase cancer screening rates through programs such as Horses and Hope and free or low-cost community screenings for breast, cervical, colon, prostate and skin cancers.
|RESOURCE GUIDES AND REFERRALS
We develop and distribute a free regional guide to cancer resources and services for each of Kentucky's 15 area development districts. These guides, called Pathfinder, are comprehensive and updated regularly. They are distributed to patients and their families through cancer centers, hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics and support groups.We also provide information about, and referrals to, community, regional and state cancer resources.
We co-sponsor and support a variety of survivor activities and events, including the annual Indian Summer Camp in July for children who have or have had cancer, the First Lady's annual Celebration of Hope in May for breast cancer survivors, and the Love on a Leash therapy dog program in Somerset.
KCP helps communities develop activities to mark annual cancer obervances, such as National Cancer Survivors Day in June, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Dress in Blue Day, both in March.
|CANCER CONTROL BEST PRACTICES
We link Kentucky communities to national best practices (cancer control programs that are evidence-based and have been proven to work). We help communities develop pilot programs based on best practices and tailor the programs to their local population. for example:
We help communities understand local cancer control data in their region, and we help them achieve measurable and sustainable results with their cancer control programs.We tailor our assistance to a community's needs. Some common forms of assistance include identifying funding sources for grants, writing grant applications, building coalitions, developing programs using best practices, and assessing the results. Some specific examples:
|For more information on any of the above services, contact your local KCP regional office.