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Strategies used and lessons learned by community assistants in organising regional forums for cancer education in Iowa, USA.

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Summary of "Strategies used and lessons learned by community assistants in organising regional forums for cancer education in Iowa, USA."

Cancer prevention efforts at the community level are essential in the fight against cancer. Understanding community dynamics provides insights into building meaningful relationships between researchers and community organizations. In this study, community assistants were hired to organize and host forums to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, with the goal of strengthening and transforming relationships between a university academic health center and communities. A 19-item questionnaire was developed to determine the strategies community assistants used to schedule and host community forums. Community assistants completed the questionnaire and were interviewed. Community assistants successfully scheduled and hosted 113 forums in 49 cities throughout the state of Iowa, with 2,209 persons attending. Strategies used included cold calls, using contact lists from the Iowa Cancer Consortium membership list, and contacts from business associates. Additionally, electronic and social media were used to arrange and advertise scheduled forums. The various strategies used and lessons learned by the community assistants proved successful in organizing and hosting forums throughout the state of Iowa, which reached 40 of Iowa's 99 counties. The efforts of the community assistants, the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and the Iowa Research Network, laid the foundation for continued cancer research and education collaboration between researchers and community organizations.

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Name: European journal of cancer care
ISSN: 1365-2354
Pages: e12868

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