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Let's Discuss! LIVESTRONG's Community Impact Project: An Innovative Approach to Dissemination

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June's cyber-seminar described an innovative approach to the disseminatino of evidence-based cancer surviviorship programs.  We heard from level perspectives during the seminar: (1) the organization behind the Community Impact Project, LIVESTRONG, (2) one of the programs selected for dissemination, Super Sibs!, and (3) The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at the Central Maine Medical Center, an organization in the field adapting and implementing Super Sibs in their community.  Each spoke about the challenges and benefits of implementing evidence-based interventions and the how the Community Impact Project model influenced their implementation.

Now is your chance to ask questions of the speakers, share your stories about implementation of cancer survivorship programs or tell us about other innovative models for dissemination that you know about.  Join us in the discussion!

If you missed the live cyber-seminar, the archive is now available -- watch and then join us in discussion.


Great Cyber-Seminar today! 

Great Cyber-Seminar today!  LIVESTRONG's Community Impact Project is a really interesting model for scaling-up and replicate the use of survivorship-based programs across many diverse settings and organizations.  I really like how implementation factors were taken into consideration when selecting both model programs and for awarding applicants.  I have two questions:

1. For Jordan Parks:  Building consensus around what is an "evidence-based" program can sometimes be difficult, especially when the expectation are to take an evidence-based program that works in one particular setting under very controlled environments and then implementing the same program to another setting or population that may have different needs.  How did LIVESTRONG develop their criteria to determine if a program was "evidence-based"  and will that criteria change for the 2012 Model Programs?

2.  For Suzanne Skala:  You showed some great examples of how Supersibs! was implemented across very different settings and organizations.  How did you help these organizations decide what could and could not be adapted from the original Supersibs! program?

Hi Michael -- Thank you for

Hi Michael --

Thank you for your interest in SuperSibs!  When we began our consultation efforts with the Comunity Partners, we took time to discuss what they were currently doing, what were their biggest challenges and what they hoped to accomplish.  We then brainstormed several ways that they could easily integrate sibling awareness and support into their already established efforts.  Because the SuperSibs! program is fluid in many ways - we were able to pull ideas and program elements that best fit the population being served.   We understand the nuances of supporting siblings - whether they are there on-site or back home, and we have created program elements and ideas to meet those diverse needs.

I am happy to talk with you in person if that would be helpful.  Just contact me at 888-417-4704.

Hi Michael, Thanks for the

Hi Michael, Thanks for the question.  In determining what would qualify for an evidence based program we looked at survey results on each of the program both during and post intervention, each program was to submit previous reports, and demonstrate the need.  Given that last years programs we're also all previous grantees we already had years of reporting and data from the years we funded the development, implementation, and evaluations of their programs.  We're currently in the process of determining what the requirements will be for the 2012 cycle.  All previous requirements will remain however we may require a few more things given that the program has grown and there is a lot of interest from organizations/programs that we have not had previous relationships with.  Our plan is to have the application for replication, along with requirements, posted on our website (in the Community Section) in early September.  I'd be glad to discuss further if you have any additional questions, suggestions, or have a program in mind for replication.  Thanks again, Jordan

I think this falls under the

I think this falls under the guide of "Throwback Tuesday", but GW Cancer Institute's recent recent Ask the Expert session on Promoting Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA reminded me of this cyber-seminar from the early days of R2R _ when the Livestrong-YMCA project was mentioned in passing as a "future project".

Learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, an evidence-based program that helps cancer survivors reclaim their health and wellbeing following a cancer diagnosis. You can download the summary notes or presentation slides from this engaging presentation.

But the presentation also made me wonder - have you seen a good idea come to fruition in your work? Let us know and share your story on R2R!