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Cancer Research Studies Training in Liberal, Kansas

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After the Cancer 101 training, Aprendámos sobre el Cáncer, held on Monday, April 09, 2012, Promotores de Salud participated in a training session entitled Empowering the Community to Ask Questions about Cancer Research Studies that was conducted in Spanish on Monday, May 07, 2012 at UMMAM Care Center in Liberal, Kansas

Training facilitators were Dr. Paula Cupertino, Juntos Director, and Mercedes Saint-Elin, research associate. Special guests were Cielo Fernandez, director of the Promotores Program at El Centro, Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas, and Sherry Means, Community Health Educator from the Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network at KUMC.  

The program content was developed by Dr. Paula Cupertino and research associate Mercedes Saint-Elin as part of the pilot research project entitled Latino and American Indian Community Health Workers Promoting Cancer Research Studies of the Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

This is the second session of the Cancer Research Studies training for Promotores de Salud, a community based education program created for Latino immigrants. This 3 session program is based on Paulo Freire’s Popular Education model in which everyone learns from each other. The highly interactive program contains worksheets, short videos, NCI materials, games, and a personal evaluation of each session.

Every participant received a Juntos blue folder with a summary of the session, worksheets, and NCI education materials about cancer research studies such as Si tiene cáncer…lo que debería saber sobre estudios clínicos and Si piensa que no hay forma de prevenir el cáncer…Conozca los estudios clínicos.

Participants watched a video Concientización sobre Estudios Clínicos y los Hispanos (2011) produced by NCI and Amelie G. Ramirez from Redes en Acción. Participants also engaged in a randomization activity that included creating a definition of cancer research studies. Additionally, Sherry Means, Community Health Educator from the Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network at KUMC, answered participants’ questions about the Havasupai case after watching a video, “Blood Journey” (2010), from The New York Times.  

Special thanks to Cielo Fernandez, director of the Promotores Program at El Centro, Inc., for supporting this training session and traveling with us to Southwest Kansas. In 2011, Cielo Fernandez and Elizabeth Reynoso from El Centro, Inc. trained the first generation of Promotores de Salud in Garden City and Liberal, Kansas, to sustain cancer prevention outreach efforts in collaboration with the Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network.

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