Evaluating centralized technical assistance as an implementation strategy to improve cancer prevention and control

Abstract

Purpose

In 2015–2016, the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership provided technical assistance workshops to support 22 cancer coalitions in increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination uptake and increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in their local communities. As national efforts continue to invest in providing technical assistance, there is a current gap in understanding its use as a strategy to accelerate implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for cancer prevention. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of technical assistance on the participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills for implementing EBIs in their local context and enhancing state team collaboration.

Methods

Data were collected August-November 2017 using web-based questionnaires from 44 HPV workshop participants and 66 CRC workshop participants.

Results

Both HPV vaccination and CRC screening workshop participants reported changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to implementing EBIs in their local state context. Several participants reported increased abilities in communicating and coordinating with partners in their states and utilizing additional implementation strategies to increase HPV vaccination uptake and CRC screening rates.

Conclusions

Findings from this study suggest that providing technical assistance to members of comprehensive cancer control coalitions is useful in promoting collaborations and building capacity for implementing EBIs for cancer prevention and control.

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This study was funded by NIH (Grant No. 5U54CA155496-05S1).

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Moreland-Russell, S., Adsul, P., Nasir, S. et al. Evaluating centralized technical assistance as an implementation strategy to improve cancer prevention and control. Cancer Causes Control 29, 1221–1230 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-018-1108-y

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Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Dissemination
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Partnerships
  • Technical assistance