As we begin to approach the end of our 18-month R2R experience, I have been busy pulling together the deliverables for the project and have been reflecting on how far the With Love We Learn Project has come. There have been quite a bit of resources that have been put into the project, which is to be expected, but it is quite interesting to see how the deliverables that my mentor and I agreed upon and developed have made an impact on making the adaptation of Con Amor Aprendemos to With Love We Learn a success in the African American community.
The mentor/mentee relationship with Cam and I has been a truly impactful experience for my growth in the field. From the beginning, the interaction has yielded itself to a fruitful working relationship over the past year. She has brought a vast range of resources, suggestions, strategies and ideas that has contributed tremendously to the development of my competencies in evidence-based public health practice and growth as a public health professional.
In addition to a productive mentor/mentee relationship, I am appreciative of the trainings that have been extended to us which have been instrumental at various levels in the successes of the With Love We Learn adaptation project. The evaluation training allowed for some ideas to be developed and communicated to the project staff about establishing a solid data collection and evaluation plan for With Love We Learn in its adaptation phase. The adaptation training proved to be the foundation for the project and generated the initial outcome data while the making data talk presentation which gave us all plenty of tools to use as we prepare posters, abstracts, and presentations, like the R2R Cyber seminars, on our work.
The adaptation of Con Amor Aprendemos to With Love We Learn has been a great learning experience on a variety of levels from evidence-based public health practice to the development and expansion of competencies in my public health career. The With Love Learn project staff is with out question equipped with some very talented thinkers and innovators in the field and I have no doubt that the adaptation and implementation of the project would have been successful minus the resources from R2R over the past year. As I have reflected on the mentor collaborations, calls, meetings, trainings, presentations overall support this R2R online community of practice had provided to the project, I have watched the With Love We Learn project go to another level of readiness for implementation as we set out to provide a solid cervical cancer education program for use across a population of people most affected by this disease. It is extremely encouraging to see the efforts and plans for a project come together successfully and contribute to the body of evidence for others to continue to build upon.
Thank you R2R for your support, questions, comments, and suggestions, and while this is my last story post, I certainly hope to continue the conversation about With Love We Learn and projects that you may be working on to combat cervical cancer!