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South Carolina: Study Examines Effectiveness of Arts-Based Colorectal Cancer Educational Program in Faith-based Setting

A team of South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network researchers and community members have published a paper on a project aimed at reducing cancer-related health disparities. The development of the paper was by led by health promotion, education, and behavior professor Dr. Daniela Friedman, at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, and published in the Journal of Cancer Education.

“Engaging community members in efforts to reduce cancer-related health disparities through community mini-grant programs have been shown to have a meaningful impact,” Dr. Friedman says.

One such community mini-grant was awarded to a predominantly African American church in South Carolina. The purpose of the grant was to increase awareness about colorectal cancer screening among disproportionately high-risk African American communities through culturally appropriate arts-based cancer education.

With contributions from the pastor, health and wellness ministry and drama ministry, the church created a theatrical production called Rise Up, Get Tested, and Live. More than 100 individuals watched the play.

The researchers helped develop the study design and conduct pre/post-test evaluations that revealed increased awareness and understanding about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and favorable intentions about participating in screening following the production.  These findings support arts-based cancer education as an effective tool for the dissemination of information about colorectal cancer screening.

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