In early summer, the NCI Research to Reality Program issued a call for abstract inviting community members to share their experiences using new and social media tools in innovative and effective ways. The response was robust and we are delighted to present the first in a two-part series on Using New/Social Media for Cancer Control & Prevention Interventions.
The use of applications (apps) to deliver evidence-based messages and interventions will be illustrated through the AYA Healthy Survivorship app. Deborah Vollmer Dahlke designed this iOS application for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors (ages 15-39), to assess their health habits using a theory-based interactive tool that includes a BMI calculator. The assessment gives survivors individual scores for lifestyle, physical activity, nutrition and well-being.
In her presentation, Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard, of the University of South Florida will demonstrate how the virtual environment Second Life (SL) was used as an educational intervention to increase the knowledge of HPV. Dr Johnson-Mallard will discuss the efficacy of SL as an educational intervention in improving knowledge of HPV a virus linked to causing cervical cancer.
Vollmer Dahlke and Johnson-Mallard will share their perspectives on the best uses of social and new media and how they addressed key issues of cost, dissemination, and sustainability. The final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion and will offer an opportunity to engage with the presenters, and also to share your own experiences and thoughts.
At the end of the cyberseminar:
- Participants will gain an understanding of use of health behavior and communication theory in the development of mobile applications for cancer survivorship.
- Participants will learn about ways to engage cancer survivors and advocates in the development of mobile applications for cancer survivorship using an agile development process.
- Participants will be able to use Second Life, a virtual environment, as an educational intervention to increase the knowledge of cancer causing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and identify risk assessment for HPV exposure
- Participants will explore the ''whys and hows" to expand access to mobile web based applications for cancer control and prevention to diverse populations