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March 2012 Cancer Control PLANET e-newsletter

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools – Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Links to comprehensive cancer control resources for public health professionals

March 2012

Inside this Issue...

> Updates on Step 2:
   Move from Research
   to Practice

   Research to Reality (R2R)

   Stay Connected to R2R
   with NEW Email

   Chat with a Featured Guest
   Discussant Each Month

   Research to Reality Cyber-

   Research to Reality
   Mentorship Program

> Updates on Step 3:
   Research Reviews of
   Different Intervention

   Release of USPSTF Final
   Recommendations on
   Screening for Cervical

   USPSTF Posts Draft
   Research Plan on BRCA
   Mutation Risk Assessment
   and Testing for Public

> Updates on Step 4:
   Programs (RTIPs)

   Breast Cancer Education
   Intervention (BCEI)

   Smokefree Español

   The Biennial Symposium on
   Minorities, the Medically
   Underserved & Health Equity

   Lynch Syndrome Hereditary
   Cancer Awareness Day

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Updates on Step 2: Move from Research to Practice

Research to Reality (R2R)

Stay Connected to R2R with NEW Email Notifications!

Registered members can now keep up with new content on R2R by signing up for our RSS feed and email notifications. Subscribing is quick and easy! Simply click on the green “Subscribe” buttons found throughout the site to select specific content you would like to follow, or subscribe to the RSS feed located at the top of the recent activity box on the homepage.

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Chat with a Featured Guest Discussant Each Month

New for 2012, R2R is hosting monthly discussions related to moving evidence-based programs and policies into practice with guest experts in the field. Dr. Robert Croyle joined us in January to discuss working collaboratively across cancer control funding agencies and how we might be more effective. In February, Dr. Lenora Johnson shared her thoughts on patient and provider education and posed some very interesting questions around the barriers to using evidence-based approaches in cancer education and integrating patient and provider education. We would like to invite all of you to weigh in on these very important issues and to join us on the third Wednesday of each month as we unveil a new expert on R2R. We are thrilled to welcome Susannah Fox, associate director for Digital Strategy at the Pew Research Center, in March, and we hope that you will join us for what’s sure to be a very interesting conversation!

Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar

We are looking forward to the April R2R Cyber-Seminar (April 10, 2012, 2:00–3:00pm ET), which will explore boundary spanning and measuring community health. Registration is now open for this session.

Did you miss any recent cyber-seminars? Please visit the archive to view recent programs and join the online conversations.

Research to Reality Mentorship Program

Visit the R2R Community of Practice Mentorship webpage and read the mentees’ new story posts to watch their projects unfold and interact with the pairs by posing questions and sharing your own experiences and knowledge. This month Lisa is looking for some guidance around how to engage and partner with insurance companies for client reminder program – does your state work with insurance providers? What’s worked for you or what hasn’t? Share your thoughts and experiences!

Updates on Step 3: Research Reviews of Different Intervention Approaches

Release of USPSTF Final Recommendations on Screening for Cervical Cancer

On Thursday March 15, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendation statement on screening for cervical cancer. The draft recommendation statement was posted online for public comment from October 19 to November 30, 2011, with a Task Force public briefing on October 21. Since that time, the comments were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into the Task Force’s final recommendation statement. To view the final recommendation statement and the supporting evidence reports, please visit the USPSTF website.

USPSTF Posts Draft Research Plan on BRCA Mutation Risk Assessment and Testing for Public Comment

On February 28, USPSTF posted a draft Research Plan on Genetic Risk Assessment and BRCA Mutation Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility. Once finalized, the Research Plan will guide the systematic evidence review that the USPSTF will use to update its recommendation on this important topic. Soliciting outside input on the scope and framing of the research will help ensure that the final recommendation is most valid, reliable, and useful in the end. The USPSTF encourages everyone interested in this topic to review the draft Research Plan and to offer feedback. The plan will be available for comment until March 27, 2012. To view the draft Research Plan and to offer comments, please visit the USPSTF website.

Updates on Step 4: Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)

Breast Cancer Education Intervention (BCEI)
The program is a psychoeducational support intervention designed to help improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. The intervention consisted of the following components: 1) Three individual face-to-face education and support sessions provided by nurses tailored to the unique problems and concerns for the individual; 2) two telephone and individual face-to-face follow-up education and support sessions to evaluate the individual’s symptom management, reinforce learning, and provide support; and 3) written materials and audiotapes for reinforcement of the lessons. A research study was conducted to test the efficacy of the intervention and at posttest, the intervention group showed a significant improvement in quality of life compared to the control group.

Smokefree Español

The Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce the launch of Smokefree Español, a website for evidence-based smoking cessation information and interactive tools specifically designed for Spanish speakers in the United States.

SmokefreeTXT en Español is one of the major features of the new website (Smokefree Español http://espanol.smokefree.gov). Users can enroll in the free text messaging service by signing up online or by texting the word LIBRE to 47848. SmokefreeTXT en Español provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help Spanish-speaking smokers quit for good. This new tool adds to NCI’s existing English-language web- and mobile-based cessation resources for smokers who want to quit.

You can also learn more by visiting http://espanol.smokefree.gov.

The Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity

Registration Now Open!
The Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity, formally the Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a theme of "Empowering Communities in the Era of Health Reform." Ironically, this meeting will be occurring on the cusp of the Supreme Court decision, if no delays occur, on Health Reform. Please join us in Houston, Texas, June 27 - July 1, 2012, at the Hilton Americas, in "Speaking With One Voice" on this issue. Register online TODAY http://iccnetwork.org/symposium/

The deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity has been extended. See http://www.iccnetwork.org/symposium/abstractinformation.html for details.

Scholarship Applications: A very limited number of scholarships have been set aside to support attendance at the Symposium. Due to economic constraints, the number of scholarships available is not as plentiful as has been in years past. Awardees will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, references, and the Selection Committee’s estimation of the potential benefit of Symposium attendance to the applicant and his/her community. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit: http://www.iccnetwork.org/symposium/scholarshipinformation.html

Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day

Last Thursday, March 22, marked the first time that Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day was recognized in Michigan, and nearly 30 other states. The CDC Office of Public Health Genomics released a blog entitled "Making Universal Screening for Lynch Syndrome a Reality: The Lynch Syndrome Screening Network" by Deb Duquette and Sarah Mange from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Cecelia Bellcross from Emory University, Heather Hampel from The Ohio State University, and Kory Jasperson from Huntsman Cancer Institute.

To learn more about Lynch Syndrome and the activities from Awareness Day, please visit Lynch Syndrome International Home page (or the Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancers Public Awareness page or LSI on Facebook.)

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