225307 Cancer Council for the Pacific Islands: Outcomes & implications of the regional coalition self-assessment

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Angela Sy, DrPH , Office of Public Health Sciences and Pacific CEED, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Karen A. Heckert, PhD, MPH, MSW , Pacific CEED and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI
Johnny Hedson, MBBS, MMed(Surg) , Pohnpei Department of Health Services, Pohnpei State, FSM and Cancer Council for the Pacific Islands President, Pohnpei, Micronesia
Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, MD , Department Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Mililani, HI
Suresh Tamang, MBA , Pacific CEED and Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Neal Palafox, MD, MPH , Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Mililani, HI
Livinson Taulung, DCHMS , Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands, Kosrae State Hospital, Kosrae, FSM, Micronesia
Significance: The Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (Pacific CEED) is governed by the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI), a regional coalition representing health sector leadership from the US Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). CCPI provides regional planning, policy guidance and program coordination for the 10 USAPI Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions, the Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (RCCP) and the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR).

Objective: Pacific CEED is funded by REACH US to support the regional coalition and evaluate cancer prevention and control activities and outcomes in the Pacific region and the USAPI.

Methods: The CCPI is conducting a self-assessment to evaluate satisfaction with coalition functioning, perception of sustainability and regional leadership for cancer prevention and control, and the role of regionalism for integrating all chronic disease prevention and control in the Pacific. The assessment design includes a self-administered questionnaire and telephone interview for CCPI members, Pacific Cancer Programs staff and partners (e.g., University of Hawaii, Pacific CEED, RCCCP, PRCCR, WHO, SPC) and US national cancer partners (e.g., C-Change). Measures were derived from tools validated by other CEEDs and the coalition literature.

Results and Implications: Results will identify characteristics related to regional coalition functioning in the Pacific's unique cultural context, sustainability of community initiatives for underserved populations in resource challenged environments, and the capacity of a representative coalition in fostering cohesive regionalism' in a geographically expansive region. The results of this assessment have important implications for future funding and program models in the Pacific.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify at least one satisfaction factor from the CCPI coalition self-assessment. 2) Describe the key sustainability factors identified by CCPI members, the USAPI and regional partners based on the results of the regional assessment.

Keywords: Coalition, Cancer Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands, which collaborated on this project.
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.