207735 Building Community Capacity for Local Level Data Collection

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:30 PM

Susan M. Myers, MA, MPH , Health Equity Associates , LLC, Havre De Grace, MD
Nancy Mejia, BA , Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health and School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY
Liza Fuentes, MPH , National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, New York, NY
Diana Romero, PhD, MA , CUNY School of Public Health, at Hunter College, New York, NY
This session will describe program syllabus, class format, participant recruitment, and operational issues of the Delaware Cancer Disparities Scholars Program (DCDSP). DCDSP was developed to begin building community capacity for conducting community based participatory research (CBPR) for the Delaware Cancer Consortium.

The curriculum included both didactic and experiential learning components. The five hour classes were conducted over eight Saturdays.

The community face-to-face household survey designed and conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute in 2006 was presented to the Wilmington, Delaware community survey team for their review, comment, and editing. Much discussion ensued as the survey was tailored for the surveyor's communities.

Since the goal of the survey was to oversample for Hispanic data, special emphasis was placed on recruiting bi-lingual, bi-cultural Hispanic individuals. The Hispanic cancer survivor group, facilitated the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division provided the single largest group of Scholars. Both Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (HJMC) and Westside Health Center assisted in the recruitment of Scholars by sharing the program announcement with their employees.

By the end of the program, 20 surveyors were fully trained. Attendance of most Scholars was high. Of these, two were Spanish-speaking only, 17 were bi-lingual, and one was English-speaking only. Together, they administered 150 complete in-person surveys to residents of a section of Wilmington, DE where the poorest, least educated, most linguistically-isolated, highest-risk residents were most likely to live.

Learning Objectives:
Objectives: As a result of attending this session... (1) participants will describe one approach to engaging community members in survey design and training to conduct surveys. (2) participants will be able to describe challenges of CBPR and options for addressing challenges (3) participants will be able to access scholar program materials

Keywords: Community Capacity, Assessments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I designed and conducted this effort. I have been working in this field for about 20 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.