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Let's Discuss! Closing the Gap: Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Cancer Health Disparities

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April's cyber-seminar explored the comprehensive cancer control program and the use of coalitions to address cancer-related disparities with three great speakers.  Ms. Madeline La Porta from the National Cancer Institute provided an overview of the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.  Dr. Theresa Wynn discussed how the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Deep South Network are using a coalition approach to improve the breast and cervical health of African American women in the Southeast US.   Ms. Kym Cravatt then discussed the work that the Cherokee Nation Cancer Coalition is doing to address the cancer needs of the Cherokee Nation population in Oklahoma.   Both provided great examples of how coalitions with public health practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and community members are making a difference and improving the health of our communities.

Now it's your turn to join in the discussion!  Ask questions of our speakers or share your stories and experiences with the state, tribe, and territory comprehensive cancer coalitions and how you and your organizations are addressing cancer disparities in your community.   

If you missed the live cyber-seminar on April 20, 2011, watch the archive and engage in the discussion!


I'd like to know more about

I'd like to know more about the 8 week training session described in  Dr Theresa's presentations - Was it every day for 8 weeks?  Topics covered?  How did you find/choose the volunteers? In the question period, incentives were discussed.  Did they impact, how long women stayed with the project?

Thanks so much for this opportunity!  It was excellent.


Hello Katie, The entire

Hello Katie,

The entire training was 16 hours and we asked each volunteer group how they would like to complete the training (ex: 4 week session @ 4 hours/each; 8 week session @2 hours/ea; 2 week sessions @ 8 hours/ea).

Training Session

What is Cancer                                                                   week 1

Breast Health                                                                      week 2

Breast Cancer                                                                     week 3

Cervical Cancer                                                                  week 4

Clinical Trials                                                                      week 5

Identification and Recruitment                                         week 6

Cancer Awareness                                                            week 7

Community Resources and Action Planning               week 8

Graduation                                                                          week 9

As a token of appreciation, each volunteer received a $50 check for completing the training. For attending each monthly continuing educational meeting, volunteers received a $10 gift card to Walmart and other nonmonetary items such as all expense paid trip to a project conference/institute to enhance their skills; project golf shirts, etc.

Because these volunteers were "natural helpers" the monetary and nonmonetary items were appreciated and seen as tokens of appreciation; however, they did not influence/impact how long the volunteers stayed with the project. In my opinion, we retained a high percentage of volunteers because they viewed this project and monthly meetings as a form of social networking and community support.

Additional information can be found at: Family & Community Health/ January-March 2005; vol 28(1), 28-40. Hardy, Wynn, Huckaby, Lisovicz, & White-Johnson.