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Let's Discuss! Partnering around Evidence-based Interventions: July's Cyber-Seminar

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July's cyber-seminar explored the effectiveness and art of engaging traditional and non-traditional partners for the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions.  Given the summer heat, we thought it appropriate to explore this topic through the lense of two Sun Safety programs, Go Sun Smart and Mole Patrol, but the lessons that are shared in this seminar are applicable to all cancer control and prevention topics. 

Now it is your turn to participate...ask a question of the speakers or your fellow R2R members, share your stories of partnership and the lessons you've learned in the process.  What types of partners have you worked with in implementing interventions, what resources/tools do you use to engage with them?  Join us in the discussion!

If you missed the live seminar, the archive will be available soon.  Watch and come share your thoughts.




Due to the large number of

Due to the large number of questions that were received during the cyber-seminar, we were, unfortunately, unable to get to them all.  We have included those that our speakers didn't have any opportunity to respond to on the seminar below. The speakers will be posting their responses, but we also encourage other folks to respond with their own experiences/lessons learned.

For both Dr. Buller, Dr. Sondak, and Ms Rendina: 

  1. How do you suggest getting started developing partnerships? As an individual with an idea, what basic resources are necessary to get a program off the ground?
  2. Are there any challenges/lessons learned that you have for reaching out to hard-to-reach populations for screening?
  3. Do you do provide training to the general public in recognizing potential skin cancer moles so that they can do a self check?

Question specific to Mole Patrol (Dr. Sondak and Ms. Rendina)::

  1. What are some examples of how you handle patient privacy when screening out in the community?


Additionally, Dr. Sondak has provided a link to an article with the statistics for melanoma death rates in reference to a question on the call regarding the 16-year rates and breakdown by demographics and ethnicity.  Table 6 in the article provides deatils for rates for males. 

Reference:Jemal A, Siegel R, Xu J, and Ward E. Cancer Statistics, 2010. CA Cancer J Clin 2010;60;277-300.

Q - What are some examples of

Q - What are some examples of how you handle patient privacy when screening out in the community?

A - For most of our screenings, we take a 42 ft screening bus that has 2 private exam rooms.  However, since we typically use more than 2 screening stations, we have to set up some of those stations outside the bus under the two 10'X10'  tents we take with us.  But if a patron  requires complete privacy because he/she has a mole/lesion/skin condition they are particularly concerned about that requires some disrobing to be viewed, we have the screener wait for an inside exam room to open up and rotate them into it.  But when only minimal privacy is needed, we also utilize portable privacy screens we set up outside the bus.

It should be noted, however, that these screenings are designed primarily for us to examine only visible skin (which is why the beach venues are so effective).  However, the Florida climate, combined with the types of events we typically attend, allows us to frequently reach patrons who are attired in shorts and t-shirts with a substantial portion of their skin exposed to view.

Q - Do you do provide

Q - Do you do provide training to the general public in recognizing potential skin cancer moles so that they can do a self check?

A -  We do provide formal skin screening training to physicians and midlevel practitioners here at Moffitt, but for the general public the training is informal.  Every Mole Patrol screening event includes an education table complete with informational posters (including ones on self-examination), giveaway brochures and a staff member who engages screening participants in conversation regarding types of skin cancer, skin cancer prevention including use of sunscreen and other protective products and techniques, as well as information on performing self-examination and the importance of early detection.  I also take the education table to local employee health fairs in the Tampa Bay Area even when we are not providing skin screenings, so the education portion of our outreach program reaches an even broader audience than the screening portion. reaches

Q - Are there any

Q - Are there any challenges/lessons learned that you have for reaching out to hard-to-reach populations for screening?

A -  I’m afraid my answer to this question is a paraphrase of the question itself – namely, reaching out to hard-to-reach populations for screenings has been challenging!  For example, Dr. Sondak had an excellent idea to partner with the SS American Victory, docked here in Tampa, and join in on annual cruises in honor of Veteran’s Day.  We found a large percentage of people screened during the two cruises we did were older males.  But the ship went into dry dock this past year, and we’re hoping they will resume cruising this year.  In the meantime, we found Major League Baseball spring training games have been a productive venue for reaching the older male population.  Many of Florida’s retirees attend the games with their wives.  The wives often take advantage of the screenings, and seem to insist on the husbands doing the same!

Good Afternoon, After

Good Afternoon,

After watching this webinar last year, our organizaion decided to apply for a grant that would place sunscreen pumps (gallons) in one of our minor league baseball stadiums in Des Moines, IA. 

Although we were not funded originally, we were able to link our local team, the Iowa Cubs, with the Iowa Department of Public Health and local medical center who have worked together to combine resources to provide sunscreen to fans throughout the season, promote sun-safe behaviors at the ballpark through education and media, and we are hoping to also get a few skin cancer screening days at the ballpark with the help of one of our local medical schools.

The team manager of the Iowa Cubs thought it would be a great idea to spread the project to other teams in the state.  We currently have 3 additional teams in Iowa (and another team potentially in Nebraska) who are working with their communities to make this project a reality!  Teams include the Cedar Rapids Kernals, Burlington Bees, and the Clinton LumberKings.

Funds from our state health department will allow each of the interested teams to have gallons to sunscreen to place in their stadium.  The teams have been working to secure community partners (medical centers, dermatology clinics, and even a few car dealerships) to provide other sun-safe incentives and educational items.

Thanks so much to R2R and Moffitt for the great idea!  We look forward to sharing later this summer!

Rachel Schramm

Iowa Cancer Consortium


@Rachel - thanks so much for

@Rachel - thanks so much for posting! It appears that not only were you able to engage new partners, but they were able to extend the program into their networks as well! Play ball!

Are any other coalitions implementing sun safety programs this spring/summer? Share your story with R2R.

It is back to school season

It is back to school season for my family, but the Community Guide recently strengthened its skin cancer prevention recommendations for schools, students and parents.  The Community Preventive Services Task Force  recommends primary and middle school interventions to prevent skin cancer, based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in increasing sun-protective behaviors and decreasing ultraviolet exposure, sunburn incidence, and formation of new moles.

To read more, visit The Community Guide:

Is sun safety part of your back to school message?