Hope Krebill, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.W.
Hope Krebill, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.W., is the Executive Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a membership-based clinical trials network located at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Previously she served as the Program Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service Heartland Region. She received her Master of Social Work from the Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. Hope has over 16 years of combined experience in cancer control, research, program management, and evaluation of programs in underserved populations. She has extensive experience in collaborating with community partners to develop and deliver evidence-based public health interventions that address regional cancer health disparities. For the last 12 years, Hope has provided research support and collaboration to multiple NIH funded research projects.
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I am currently the Executive Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA). The Alliance http://www.midwestcanceralliance.org/ is a member-based organization located at The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC). The MCA offers continuing education opportunities, links members to evidence-based cancer prevention and survivorship tools and resources, and provides support for cancer clinical trials throughout the network. The MCA links the discoveries made in the lab at the KUCC in an effort to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship methods. The MCA is currently beginning to implement support groups for cancer survivors. The programs will be offered to rural cancer centers through interactive television.
It is hard to pick just one program. I think that the programs that I am most proud of are those that are collaborative projects across many organizations. I think that the process of working in partnership to identify a need, assess the problem, and adapt, implement, and evaluate an intervention is challenging. I am particularly pleased with the times that the Kansas and Missouri Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs have taken those steps with multiple organizations and all the while prioritizing evidence-based approaches.
There are a lot of great evidence-based programs on Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Choosing a program for your community can be daunting. So, start out by looking at your needs assessment to guide your selection. You will also want to look at the key components of the program. Do you have the resources to implement as intended? I have found that it is helpful to contact the researcher or program staff if you are not sure about the key components. Sometimes researcher will even direct you to other programs that they have developed that might work even better in your community.
I would recommend the following articles related to working with community organizations in the areas of research and implementation of evidence-based interventions:
Breitenstein, S. M., Gross, D., Garvey, C. A., Hill, C., Fogg, L., & Resnick, B. (2010). Implementation fidelity in community-based interventions. Res Nurs Health, 33(2), 164-173.
Dobbins, M., Robeson, P., Ciliska, D., Hanna, S., Cameron, R., O'Mara, L., et al. (2009). A description of a knowledge broker role implemented as part of a randomized controlled trial evaluating three knowledge translation strategies. Implement Sci, 4, 23.
Schmittdiel, J. A., Grumbach, K., & Selby, J. V. (2010). System-based participatory research in health care: an approach for sustainable translational research and quality improvement. Ann Fam Med, 8(3), 256-259.
Klemp, J. R., Frazier, L. M., Glennon, C., Trunecek, J., & Irwin, M. (2011). Improving cancer survivorship care: oncology nurses' educational needs and preferred methods of learning. J Cancer Educ, 26(2), 234-242.