227210 A mighty force: Challenges and opportunities in mobilizing a statewide African-American young woman's auxiliary health ministry to address cancer health disparities

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dolores Scott, MEd , SC Cancer Disparities Community Network, State Baptist Young Woman's Auxiliary of the WBEMC, University of SC, Columbia, SC
Deloris Williams, RN, MSN, PhD , Carolina Community Based Health Supports Networks, Columbia, SC
Deidre Odom, BS , Woman's Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of SC, State Baptist Young Woman's Auxiliary, State Park, SC
John R. Ureda, DrPH , Insights Consulting, Inc., Columbia, SC
James R. Hebert, ScD , Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Since 2005, the State Baptist YWA of the WBEMC in South Carolina has partnered with the SCCDCN to address cancer health disparities among African Americans. The YWA of the WBEMC is affiliated with the largest AA denomination in SC, and the SCCDCN is one of 25 National Cancer Institute Cancer Network Programs to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The primary goal for the YWA is to provide cancer health promotion and health prevention educational sessions within participating Baptist congregations. Despite the adoption of a conceptual framework for a health ministry in 2002 by the parent body leadership, many challenges were encountered in mobilizing the YWA health efforts. The YWA became A Mighty Force by taking the lead in developing a health ministry that (1) met the needs of its congregations and university, (2) organized and generated regional strategic plans; (3) sought other grant opportunities to support effective health education programs and collaborations; and (4) led to tangible products (training, journal articles, scientific presentations, improved communications). In 2005, 45 persons attended a statewide planning meeting from affiliated churches, and in 2010, more than 225 individuals attended. While there were no health ministry planning sessions, regional planning meetings are now scheduled monthly. This partnership has created ten separate educational programs on topics to address cancer health disparities. A core component of the health ministry's foundation is that of CBPR and its principals which has aided in the removal of some barriers and stigma that might exist among faith based organizations and academia collaborations.

Learning Objectives:
•Describe three key elements of CBPR were utilized to foundationally support the development and leadership of a statewide health ministry to address cancer health disparities in South Carolina. •Discuss two challenges involved in developing successful community academic partnerships. •Define two strategies for sustaining effective health ministries.

Keywords: Partnerships, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in CBPR for the past five years and am affiliated with the USC SCCDCN and SBYWA of the WBEMC.
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.