2022 UVACCC Award Recipients

To address cancer-related health disparities across Virginia, UVA Comprehensive Community Grants provide community grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofits, local governments, hospitals and other community groups. Each application is rated according to the community impact, the feasibility of the project, and the ability to address cancer-related health disparities equitably.

Our award recipients will have the opportunity to leverage the strengths of Virginia communities to address cancer burdens and advance health equity.

2022 UVACCC Award Recipients

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Charlottesville Free Clinic’s Cancer Prevention Program

Charlottesville Free Clinic

The Charlottesville Free Clinic’s Cancer Prevention Program provides cancer screening, education and care to uninsured members of our community. The Free Clinic serves more than 2,500 patients annually, providing primary and specialized care. While our Cancer Prevention Program has been underway for quite some time, we are eager to expand the educational component.

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Increasing Nutrition Literacy Among Cancer Patients in Southwest Virginia

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC)

This project aims to increase access to nutritional education as well as to one-on-one nutrition counseling for cancer patients served by MEOC nutritional services. Higher nutritional literacy may help to improve nutritional deficiencies that impact cancer outcomes.

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Virginia Cancer Survivorship Task Force

Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV)

The proposed project will be to develop a Virginia Cancer Survivorship Task Force dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. The Task Force’s focus will be to identify needs, prioritize strategies, and create an action plan to address the Virginia Cancer Plan survivorship goals and objectives. The impact to the community will be to ensure resources, tools, and support are readily available to help optimize quality of life for all cancer survivors and their families throughout Virginia.

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HCB2 “Can We Talk?” Educational Project

Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2)

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the nation. The goal of the HCB2 “Can We Talk?” Educational Project is to raise the level of awareness around colorectal cancer by stimulating conversation in ways that are both interactive and entertaining. As a result, we aim to break through the silence surrounding this disease and move more people towards timely colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.

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Southern Virginia LGBTQIA+ Access Initiative

Virginia Rural Health Association

LGBTQIA+ individuals have a unique relationship with healthcare providers that frequently includes discrimination and unfair treatment. This project will equip providers with skills and resources to serve individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ to ensure that everyone in rural Virginia has access to healthcare in a safe and affirmative environment and connect individuals with providers who give cancer screening and are culturally competent and trained to work with diverse populations.

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