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KCP Health Equity Initiatives

KCP Health Equity Initiatives


Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer


KAAAC is an active coalition of lay citizens and health professionals who collaborate to provide information on cancer, coordinate special events to provide screening and education, and to support cancer patients, families, and survivors. A nationally award-winning coalition, KAAAC was established as part of the National Cancer Institute's National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer. For information, call (502) 852-6318.
KAAAC kicked off an exciting new initiative, Faith and Action, for African Americans in Metro Louisville in June 2018. Representatives from over 150 churches attended a dinner announcing the campaign at the University of Louisville Club. KAAAC is partnering with the Falls City Medical Society to deliver prevention, screening, and support services that will address cancer health disparities among the state's largest population of African Americans. Agreeing to be program ambassadors are long time KAAAC supporters Senator Gerald Neal and Representative Reginald Meeks along with community leaders like Metro Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and WLOU's Bill Price as well as church ministers including Reverend Tim Findley, Jr., Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center, and Reverend Warren Muir, First Baptist Church of Anchorage. The event was sponsored by the Harriett B. Porter Cancer Education and Research Endowment.
This endowment was established in 2004 to fund faith-based community outreach programs in Metro Louisville to reduce cancer health disparities, as well as to support research. The endowment was created with a gift from Woodford Porter and family. To donate, call the Brown Cancer Center at (502) 562-8021.

More than 60 Louisville-based churches participate in the Culinary Institute, an initiative that empowers church ministries to make traditional soul food dishes healthier. Held at Sullivan University, institute classes are based on "Body & Soul," a National Cancer Institute project to promote healthy eating.

Article in Today's Dietitian magazine about this program.

Mind, Body, & Spirit is a cancer support group in Louisville, sponsored by Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer (KAAAC). The group meets 4th Monday of each month and is open to both women and men with cancer. For information, call KCP at (502) 852-6318.
KCP started the Partnership in 1994 to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among low-income women, particularly African Americans, in Jefferson County. This active coalition includes leading health providers and nonprofits, and provides community education, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests. Mobile mammography services are offered at public health centers and community locations to reach high-risk population groups. About 4,000 women are served annually by the Partnership. The focus was recently expanded to include tobacco cessation and colon cancer screening. The Partnership includes the American Cancer Society, Baptist Healthcare, Family Health Centers, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer, Kentucky Cancer Program, Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Progam, Kentucky Department for Public Health, KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Norton Healthcare, Park DuValle Community Health Centers, Shawnee Christian Health Care, and University of Louisville Physicians - Family Medicine.