193444 Keep ABREAST: A University/Community Partnership

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

Amy J. Thompson, PhD, CHES , Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Dianne L. Kerr, PhD , Health Education and Promotion, Kent State University, Kent, OH
The goal of the KEEP ABREAST (Keep Advocating for BReast cancer Education And Screening Tests) project is to reach at least 200 underserved women in Portage County, Ohio with outreach, education, prevention, screening, and treatment and support as needed. This innovative program promotes primary prevention, specifically modifiable lifestyle risk factors (improved nutrition and exercise, reduction of alcohol intake or smoking cessation, screening mammograms, BSE, etc.) which is discussed with women during either group session pre-mammogram or one-on-one sessions post-mammogram. One-on-one education is a recommended intervention by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services of the CDC. This project, funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northeast Ohio, also provides education on BSE supplemented by brochures and demonstrations on breast models or on the internet. The KEEP ABREAST program refers women to local programs if they indicate a desire to stop smoking or drinking. In terms of prevention, participants are asked to modify at least one risk factor and program educators do a 3-6 month follow up call to determine their progress. Second year funding has been requested to provide a support group and walking program for survivors and, if funded, membership to the Kent State University Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). There they will receive fitness assessments and take part in a Survive HERS (Helping Everyone Remain Strong) Walking Program. Evaluation data from year one will be presented along with information about program replication.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify steps for developing a partnership with a community agency. 2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships for breast cancer diagnosis and education. 3. Describe an innovative program and continuum of care for breast cancer survivors. 4. Discuss results of pre/post breast cancer knowledge and self-reported behavior changes associated with cancer prevention of women exposed to a brief educational intervention.

Keywords: Breast Cancer Programs, Breast Cancer Screening

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the co-PI for the grant discussed in the presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Susan G. Komen breast cancer Consultant

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.