Over the next 18 months, Venice will be working with Dr. Escoffery on a project to partner local organizations and coalitions to adapt, implement, and evaluation programs targeted at improving cervical cancer prevention among African American women in Atlanta, GA.
Venice will work with the Spirit Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to providing education and clinical services to African American and Latina women on cervical cancer and other HPV related diseases. Venice will work with the Foundation and provide technical assistance and support in developing an adaptation of the evidence-based program for the Latino American population entitled “Con Amor Aprendemos” translated to “With Love We Learn” for the African American faith-based community. They have been working in partnership with the American Cancer Society since 2006 with successful implementation in Georgia, Texas, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Bolivia. The goals for the project are to refine and adapt the CAA program for the African American community to effectively educate them on risk factors, screening, and follow up care for cervical cancer, as well as developing and executing the train-the trainer model for this program in African American health ministries.
Additionally, a process evaluation will be conducted to measure the success and usefulness of the program among the new targeted population.
Prioritized EBPH Competencies:
Venice has selected to focus on building her capacity in the areas of analytic and assessment skills, policy planning and program development, as well as advocacy and communication skills.
Dr. Escoffery has extensive experience in qualitative research, evaluation and translation of cancer screening program and practices. Cam will help guide Venice in his project deliverables and goals and in developing these competencies necessary to move an evidence-based cancer prevention intervention into faith organizations in Atlanta.