Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Professor Tish Knobf Receives Lance Armstrong Foundation Grant To Support Cancer Research and Survivorship Initiatives

June 1, 2008

Building a Foundation for Health for Women of Color will help cancer survivors by providing education, support and assistance in developing strategies to integrate physical activity and healthy eating into their daily lives

M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN, American Cancer Society Professor at Yale University School of Nursing and a member of Yale Cancer Center, is the Principal Investigator for a recently received $100,000 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to support Building a Foundation for Health for Women of Color. YSN was one of 20 community non-profit organizations across the country to receive LAF grants to support cancer research and survivorship initiatives.

Black women in the State of Connecticut have higher breast cancer mortality compared to white women. More than one-third of CT Black women report that they do not engage in physical activity, do not consume more than five fruits and vegetables a day, and 75% are overweight. Building a Foundation for Health for Women of Color is a culturally based 6 week program designed to educate, engage and empower survivors to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, which have the potential to moderate their risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

"This LAF grant provides the support to enhance our efforts to reduce cancer disparities and improve quality of life among minority populations" said Dr. Knobf. The grant will serve minority survivors in the New Haven area and those in the Bridgeport area through a community partnership with St. Vincent's Hospital.

"We are thrilled and honored to be among such an extraordinary group of organizations that share a passion for improving the lives of cancer survivors," Dr. Knobf added.

The LAF awarded grants in five areas: practical issues of cancer survivorship; cancer pain, palliative, and end-of-life care; physical activity and nutrition; survivorship education; and emotional support for people living with cancer. Each recipient organization completed a rigorous application process, and proposals were reviewed by a selection committee composed of cancer survivors and cancer community experts and advisors.

"Through its grant program, the LAF seeks to create a nationwide community of individuals and organizations that understand the challenges and opportunities a cancer experience presents for a lifetime - a community committed to collaboratively addressing the physical, emotional and practical issues faced by cancer survivors," said Suzanne Kho, director of grants for the LAF. "We are pleased to award 20 organizations with grants that will inspire and empower people affected by cancer."