Overcoming Barriers to Promote Cancer Education

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Overcoming Barriers to Promote Cancer Education

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Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health is overcoming the barrier of participation by conducting additional cancer education training sessions at different times and days of the week at popular community locations. 

The cancer education program has become so popular that several community leaders are calling to ask if the training can also be offered during the evenings.  


In the spring of 2012, the Juntos team has driven over than 2,500 miles to and from Southwest Kansas to continue cancer  education activities and to empower Kansas Latino residents to be proactive in their pursuit of reducing health disparities in their communities.

A Cancer 101 session, Aprendámos sobre el Cáncer, was held on Friday, May 11th at 5:30 PM with facilitators Mercedes Saint-Elin and Miriam Muñoz from Juntos and special guest Sherry Means, Community Health Educator from the Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network.

In addition, a three hour workshop on Empowering the Community to Ask Questions about Cancer Research Studies was conducted in Spanish on Thursday, May 17th at 5:30PM with Dr. Paula Cupertino and special guest Cielo Fernandez, Director of the Promotores Program at El Centro, Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas. Additional sessions are scheduled for Monday, June 4th and Friday, June 22nd, 2012.  These are part of the Cancer Research Studies training for Promotores de Salud, a community-based education program created for Latino immigrants.

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).

Specials thanks to UMMAM Care Center in Liberal, Kansas, for welcoming this cancer education initiative and for their support!

Posted by Mercedes Saint-Elin

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