Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 243–249 | Cite as

Developing Partnerships and Recruiting Dyads for a Prostate Cancer Informed Decision Making Program: Lessons Learned From a Community-Academic-Clinical Team

  • Daniela B. FriedmanEmail author
  • Kim M. Johnson
  • Otis L. Owens
  • Tracey L. Thomas
  • DeLisa S. Dawkins
  • Lucy Gansauer
  • Sharon Bartelt
  • Nancy M. Waddell
  • Pastor J. Talley
  • James D. BeardenIII
  • James R. Hébert


Prostate cancer (PrCA) is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer among men. PrCA mortality in African-American (AA) men in South Carolina is ~50% higher than for AAs in the U.S as a whole. AA men also have low rates of participation in cancer research. This paper describes partnership development and recruitment efforts of a Community-Academic-Clinical research team for a PrCA education intervention with AA men and women that was designed to address the discordance between high rates of PrCA mortality and limited participation in cancer research. Guided by Vesey’s framework on recruitment and retention of minority groups in research, recruitment strategies were selected and implemented following multiple brainstorming sessions with partners having established community relationships. Based on findings from these sessions culturally appropriate strategies are recommended for recruiting AA men and women for PrCA education research. Community-based research recruitment challenges and lessons learned are presented.


African-American men and women Community-based participatory research Research partnerships Recruitment Cancer communication Multi-media 



Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Networks Program Centers U54 CA153461-01 (PI: Hébert; Project Leader: Friedman). Partially supported by an Established Investigator Award in Cancer Prevention and Control from the Cancer Training Branch of the NCI to J.R. Hébert (K05 CA136975). We acknowledge the community advisory panel, Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center, NCI Community Clinical Oncology Program and NCI Community Cancer Centers Program partners, Dawn Skaggs, Bruce Grant, RN, and study participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela B. Friedman
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kim M. Johnson
    • 3
  • Otis L. Owens
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tracey L. Thomas
    • 1
    • 2
  • DeLisa S. Dawkins
    • 3
  • Lucy Gansauer
    • 3
  • Sharon Bartelt
    • 3
  • Nancy M. Waddell
    • 3
  • Pastor J. Talley
    • 3
  • James D. BeardenIII
    • 3
  • James R. Hébert
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and BehaviorUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control ProgramUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Gibbs Cancer CenterSpartanburgUSA
  4. 4.Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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