259282 Community advocacy & training on cancer and health (CATCH)

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Trish Quema, MPA (c) , Chronic Diseases Program, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Roxanna Bautista, MPH, CHES , Chronic Diseases Program, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Pedro Arista, MPH , Chronic Diseases, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Background: Since Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAs & NHPIs) continue to remain underrepresented in health leadership and advocacy roles, there is a need for competent and effective cancer advocates representing the AA and NHPI populations in the US.

Purpose: CATCH Trainings provide individuals, organizations, and health advocates in the AA and NHPI communities with the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to become competent, confident, and effective advocates on public health issues.

Methods: CATCH Trainings provide education and hands-on practice in the following 5 Modules: I) Cancer 101 and Introduction to AA and NHPI communities; II) Communications and Media Advocacy; III) Data Advocacy; IV) Policy and Legislative Advocacy; IV) Ethnic-Specific and Language-Specific AA and NHPI Cancer Support Groups. Evaluations concerning participants' knowledge and skills are conducted through surveys that are given prior to, during, and after each training.

Results: These trainings have been effective in strengthening and expanding the reach of the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network to more than 140 individuals representing various cultural and community organizations, healthcare facilities, health departments, and academic institutions in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, and Ohio. The majority of participants agree that CATCH Trainings achieve its objectives in enhancing personal and community capacities for advocacy and leadership.

Conclusion: Quantitative and qualitative evaluations prove that CATCH Leadership Trainings are successful in enhancing participants' competence in cancer advocacy and in developing their leadership skills at all levels.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss strategies to help build a network of Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) cancer and public health advocates who will ensure that AA and NHPI voices are strongly represented in local, state, and national policy-making and research-reviewing bodies.

Keywords: Advocacy, Leadership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience in developing and providing capacity building assistance and convening workshops, trainings, meetings, & conferences. I also help to manage the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network, a network of cancer survivors, health care providers, researchers, and community members and organizations who are concerned about the issue of cancer and survivorship in AA & NHPI communities.
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.