Cancer Communication Mentorship Program

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The GW Cancer Center’s mentorship program is designed to help mentees develop public health competencies and apply evidence through a mentored project experience, a series of seminars, and relationships with mentors and peers. The program's four main goals are to:

  • Increase skills in core public health competency areas
  • Facilitate completion of high quality projects related to Comprehensive Cancer Control plan objectives
  • Encourage the use and spread of evidence-based practices
  • Provide opportunities for networking and collaborative learning.

The mentorship program focuses on evidence-based communications and consists of mentor/mentee pairs. Mentees choose core competencies for public health professionals to prioritize for their professional development, and have the opportunity to use National Cancer Institute’s Health Communication Program Cycle framework to plan and implement a communications project with guidance from a seasoned mentor.

The GW Cancer Center’s mentorship program is based on National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality (R2R) Mentorship Program, and maintains R2R’s approach and emphasis on using evidence to guide practice. Mentees in the program engage in the following key activities:

  • Mentored project: Rigorously plan, implement, and begin evaluation and dissemination of an evidence-based communications campaign to promote cancer screening with guidance from mentors, including literature review/needs assessment, communications plan, budget/resource plan, evaluation plan, implementation and evaluation for the project.
  • Meetings: Attend the two-day in-person kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C.; web-based monthly group meetings via webcam/conference call for the first 12 months featuring research experts. Take the Making Communication Campaigns Evidence-Based training and read materials in advance, share experiences and participate in group discussions with other mentor/mentee pairs.
  • Mentoring relationship: Communicate regularly and work with mentors to achieve learning goals and high quality completion of the project. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to conduct at least one in-person site visit.

We have selected three mentor-mentee pairs and three subject matter experts to support the 2019 cohort focused on communication in cancer screening. Mentees are mid-career comprehensive cancer control professionals who will be receiving in-depth guidance from their mentors, additional support from subject matter experts, and technical assistance from the GW Cancer Center on planning, implementing and evaluating an evidence-based communication campaign that aligns with their state or territory's comprehensive cancer control or communication plan objectives related to cancer screening. The mentorship program is 18 months in duration.

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