The Prostate Cancer Task Force is a workgroup of the Washington CARES About Cancer Partnership and is made up of cancer care p
roviders, advocates, researchers, public health professionals and survivors. The Task Force works to improve informed decision-making between men and their providers regarding prostate cancer screening and treatment.
Co-chair: Jim Kiefert
Co-chair: John Ross
- Funded three community-based projects to influence underserved men’s ability to make an informed decision about prostate cancer screening:
- Center for Multicultural “Let’s Talk About It” Program
- Center for Multicultural Health educational video
- Minority/Underserved Populations Project – Us Too International and Center for Multicultural Health
- Developed an informed decision-making reference guide, support materials and brochures targeting the general public, African Americans and Native Americans.
- Provided funding opportunities to support informed decision making:
- South Puget Sound Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) – to make the information decision-making reference guide culturally relevant to the five tribes of SPIPA and other tribes of the Northwest.
- Providence Health Care – Spokane – to provide support and education and to translate the informed decision-making reference guide into Russian.
- Supported a pilot project regarding informed decision-making about prostate cancer treatment by the Seattle institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research and the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Health Care System testing an educational intervention for men scheduled for prostate biopsy.
For more information about this task force or to join contact:
Prostate Cancer Task Force Grant Projects
Jim Kiefert, Co-chair JimKiefert@aol.com (360)-701-3297
John Ross, Co-chair firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 561-1022
Patti Migliore Santiago, Department of Health staff, email@example.com (360) 236-3645.
The Prostate Cancer Task Force awarded two-year grants to support informed decision-making beginning July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.
South Puget Sound Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) The Informed Decision-Making (IDM) Prostate Cancer Treatment for Native Americans Project provides education and outreach to Native American men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The purpose is to improve the ability of Native American men diagnosed with prostate cancer to make treatment decisions based on their personal values and traditional beliefs.
The goal is to modify an IDM tool developed by the University of Michigan and the Michigan Cancer Consortium making it culturally effective and relevant for the Five Tribes (Nisqually, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish and Squaxin Island and other Pacific Northwest tribes in Washington State.
Providence Regional Cancer Center (PRCC) – Spokane
PRCC will support informed decision-making regarding prostate cancer treatment within the Providence Health Care system in Spokane, Washington. They will:
Prostate Cancer Support Groups
- Provide individualized support.
- Evaluate individual effectiveness of two delivery methods of the IDM.
- Provide support and education to providers about the importance of IDM.
- Translate the IDM tool into Russian.
Man to Man (M2M)
Wellness Place Cancer Education and Support