269564 Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities: Evaluation framework and results of a 5 year project to reduce Cancer Disparities in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands

Monday, October 29, 2012

Angela Sy, DrPH , Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Asha Rathina Pandi, PhD , Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Ahnate Lim, MA , Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, MD , Department Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Mililani, HI
Neal Palafox, MD, MPH , Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Mililani, HI
Jane MacDonald Daye, MPH , Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities, University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI
Significance: The US Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) region is culturally unique, resource-limited and experiences cancer disparities compared to the USA nation. Since 2007 the Department of Family and Community Health, University of Hawaii collaborates with ten USAPI jurisdictions to implement the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED). A partnership model at the regional, jurisdiction and community levels involving the Pacific Regional Cancer Coalition (PRCC) and Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) coalitions in each jurisdiction, addresses CCC building blocks.

Purpose: Results on Pacific CEED as a partnership approach, and its ability to support community level projects and to meet cancer prevention objectives at the three levels of implementation according to the CCC building blocks will be reported.

Methods: Quantitative and qualitative methods guide process and outcome evaluations. Initial and follow up PRCC partnership evaluation was conducted in Spring 2010 and 2012, respectively. Reviews of Promising Practices Evaluation Reports submitted by community projects are conducted annually. An online ReportPortal tracks performance measures toward cancer prevention and control objectives.

Results: The PRCC indicates satisfaction with regional partnerships. Partnerships within communities allow implementation of community projects. Performance measures related to partnership objectives were met or exceeded while measures related to data and evaluation were partially met.

Conclusions: Pacific CEED innovatively applies partnerships between and across the USAPI region, jurisdictions, and communities while unique community approaches address cancer prevention within USAPI jurisdictions. Future focus to build data utilization and evaluation capacity to address non-communicable diseases in the USAPI is recommended.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the session, participants will: 1. Identify one outcome each on partnerships, Pacific CEED community projects, and performance measures according to the CCC building blocks. 2. Describe one qualitative or quantitative evaluation method used for the Pacific CEED evaluation. 3. Apply a recommendation to future efforts for chronic disease prevention in the USAPI.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the evaluator of this project, was the lead in drafting the abstract, and will be presenting this abstract. I have expertise and multiple peer-reviewed publications in the areas of community-based participatory research and program evaluation research.
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.