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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!



It is great to hear that you

It is great to hear that you have had such a rewarding experience working with the adaptation of the Con Amor Aprendemos to With Love We Learn with a new population and setting.  As I read you post, I had 2 thoughts about this experience. 

It is great to see that a translation model come into play in our practice.  The Wadersman's Interactive Systems Framework (ISF) model for dissemination and implementation is being demonstrated through our reality to reallity mentoring program well. 

Wandersman A, Duffy J, Flaspohler P, Noonan R, Lubell K, et al.  Bridging the gap between prevention research and practice:  the interactive systems framework for dissemination and implementation.  American Journal of Community Psychology 2008, 41(3–4): 171-81.

The framework has 3 systems: 1) prevention synthesis and translation system which translate evidence based approaches into more user friendly formats and products for practitioners; 2) prevention support system that offers training and technical assistance to practitioners and 3) prevention delivery system which implements evidence based approaches in real world setting.  This program reallys supports the tenants of the Prevention support system and shows how one-on-one mentoring and technical assistance can really help with practitioners to take developed programs/approaches and adopt or adapt them into practice.  I think that also that through this mentoring we can discuss the nuances of the program and what steps need to take place for adapting of the original Con Amor Aprendemos to develop the newly adapted program, With Love We Learn.

The second insight is that implementing an evidence-based program takes a village.  Through our collaborative work on the planning and formative tasks for program adaptation, it was essential to involve many stakeholders.  It l behooved us to get perspectives and insights from the original program developers, program staff, church leaders from the new program setting, and program implementers and trainers.  Without their involvement and perspectives, the recommendations for what program elements (e.g., content, logistics changes) would not be possible.  That has been joy to be a part of this planning and formative work for program adaptation and to see all the stakeholders partiicpating.

Thanks, Venice, for working with me and also to R2R for supporting this mentoring program to offer supports to practitioners in using evidence-based approaches.