New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Health Research Science Board (HRSB)

Grants of up to $75,000 per year to New York nonprofit community-based organizations to develop and implement innovative pilot educational projects to reduce breast cancer risk. Nonprofit organizations must be pre-qualified in the online registration system prior to applying. All applicants must enter into a partnership with a qualified institution.
The purpose of this RFA is to encourage the development and implementation of innovative pilot projects in breast cancer risk reduction education with rigorous evaluation and revision. Successful applications will propose the design of new educational strategies to elicit behavior changes intended to reduce specific risk factors associated with developing breast cancer.Project efforts should be targeted to the following audiences:
Individuals (and members of their support networks) from specific populations or communities at particular risk of developing breast cancer, including recurrence; orStaff or volunteers of breast cancer CBOs serving the targeted group(s), to “train-the-trainers.”Applications should propose:Planning and development of a novel breast cancer risk reduction education program using innovative methods or strategies consistent with, or that build upon, the findings of the “The Community Guide.” The proposed education program should:Discuss the scientific basis for the chosen method or strategy;Identify and explain the selection of the target audience; andIdentify the selected evidence-based, modifiable risk factor(s) that will be addressed (e.g., physical activity levels, body mass index, alcohol use). Note: Risk factors for breast cancer that are not evidence-based shall not be included.Pilot implementation (a small-scale test or trial) of the novel program.Rigorous, formal evaluation of the pilot’s effectiveness in increasing participant understanding of the modifiable behaviors and their intent to adopt risk-reducing behavior change.Describe the selection and use of reliable and validated evaluation tools.Revision and refinement of the program and associated materials based on evaluation results.Contractors will be expected to report these findings and, where applicable, identify individual and community-level barriers and/or challenges to successful adoption and implementation of behavior change.Contracts funded under this RFA are expected to produce medically and scientifically accurate educational programs and materials that can be shown to be effective in increasing knowledge and promoting the adoption of evidence-based breast cancer risk reduction behaviors. Demonstration of effectiveness should be shown through results obtained from formal evaluation during the contract term.Contractors are expected to make program content, methods and materials available for dissemination to other communities so that successful projects may be replicated and/or further studied. In addition, contractors are expected to submit manuscripts, including but not limited to the dissemination of evaluation results, refinements and barriers to behavior change for publication in relevant peer-reviewed journals to ensure that a sound basis is provided for other communities to replicate or modify these new approaches or design subsequent studies that build upon the contracted efforts.

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