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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006

Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action

July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA



Monday, 10 July 2006 - 3:45 PM
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An Evaluation of State Partnerships in Promoting Skin Cancer Prevention in Schools

Sonya Green, MPH, Research Triangle Institute, 3040 Cornwallis Road, RTP, NC 27709

Objective: Share strategies and lessons learned for partnering between state Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) organizations and State Education Agencies (SEA) to improve skin cancer prevention among youth.

Methods: In 2003, three states were selected to develop school-based strategies to improve skin cancer prevention efforts that reach young people. Interventions are based upon recommendations within CDC's Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer. Central to this effort is the development of a partnership between each state's SEA and CCC organization. In collaboration, the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are implementing an evaluation that seeks to describe how these partnerships are developed and whether they are an effective way to address skin cancer prevention within schools. The evaluation utilizes a “mixed-methods” approach that includes semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews with key state partners and a review of extant data sources including progress reports, local evaluation plans and educational materials.

Results: Preliminary results indicate that State partners have employed varying strategies to implement skin cancer prevention efforts and establish state level partnerships to facilitate implementation. These have included the use of subcontractors and the provision of mini-grants to local organizations. Evaluation results will determine the success of these state partnerships in meeting the needs and priorities of the SEA-CCC partnership and improving the State's capacity to address skin cancer prevention through schools and identify lessons learned through the use of state partnerships in addressing skin cancer prevention efforts.


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