Cancer, Culture & Literacy: Solutions Addressing Health Disparities Through Community Partnerships,  (CCL 2006)

Venue: Sheraton Sand Key Resort and Conference Center

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: May 18, 2006 End Date/Time: May 20, 2006
Registration Date: May 12, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 01, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 03, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Feb 03, 2006
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Our fifth conference focuses on conceptual and methodological issues in community-based participatory research (CBPR) for creating solutions for impacting health disparities related to cancer, culture and literacy. A CBPR framework illustrates the need for well-developed community partnerships and participatory action to effect sustainable, positive health change in the face of structural barriers to care. It is expected that the skills and knowledge acquired at the conference series will enhance culturally competent health communications and research for ethnically diverse and low literacy population and foster participants’ abilities to effectively incorporate culture and literacy components into the development of effective communications, research and education and outreach programs. A thorough understanding is required to successfully develop these types of communications. Consideration of culture and literacy and a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary to achieve meaningful research outcomes. The creation of effective cancer communications, as it unfolds in diverse cultural and linguistic contexts, sets the stage for much needed research in the area of cancer, culture and literacy. Thus, the impetus for the focus of the 5th biennial conference is Solutions for Addressing Health Disparities through Community Partnerships. The proposed conference provides a forum for the discussion of methodologies and dissemination of current cancer research being conducted in consideration of community needs and collaborations, literacy and culture as they relate to the continuum of cancer control. The overall goal of this conference is to improve the care across the continuum of cancer control by providing and enhancing research strategies and skills of participants to better introduce culture and literacy components into the development of effective cancer communications and research. Participants and presenters will exchange and disseminate information relevant to communications in cancer control, and they will be challenged to rethink, refine and enhance their approaches in research. Participants will experience: presentations by keynote speakers, general discussions, poster presentations, break-out sessions, breakfast roundtable discussions and pre-conference skill-building workshops.

Join us as we:
1. Illustrate the nexus of cancer, culture and literacy when developing cancer communications, programs, and research;
2. Address principles of community-based participatory processes for developing sustainable cancer communications and research;
3. Highlight the use of innovative and emerging technologies in cancer education and health promotion among diverse populations to create effective communications and research interventions.
4. Explore the use of mixed methodologies including community based participatory research (CBPR) in cancer prevention and control research;
5. Examine strategies for facilitating the application of research evidence for culturally, linguistically and literacy relevant cancer communications;
6. Apply the integration of relevant cancer communication to adult education endeavors;
7. Explore innovative dissemination and diffusion strategies at the community level in consideration of culture and literacy.


Additional Information

Conference brochure and online registration will be available January 2006. Please e-mail the conference contact person to be added to the brochure mailing list.