September 14, 2023

Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Planning and Dissemination Grant

Title

Co-creating community engagement knowledge translation summit on improving cancer prevention and screening in Canada.

Aims

The aim is to co-create a Community Engaged Knowledge Translation (CEKT) Summit on improving participation in cancer prevention and screening to address health inequities for individuals, especially immigrants and refugees, living in urban and rural communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Northwest Territories. Through this CEKT Summit, we will enhance our understanding of translating knowledge into culturally appropriate health-promoting behaviours for improving the health practices of immigrants and refugees living in urban and rural communities.

The objectives of the CEKT Summit are to:

(1) Co-create a community engagement knowledge translation summit to enhance culturally appropriate health-promoting behaviours in cancer prevention and screening practices.

(2) Engage in critically reflective and facilitated dialogues to enhance culturally appropriate health-promoting behaviours in cancer prevention and screening practices.

(3) Review recommendations and strategies on reducing barriers and improving facilitators to equitable cancer prevention and screening for commitment to action across provinces.

Methods

These three objectives will be achieved by planning and implementing the CEKT Summit, which is based on long-term collaboration with community partnerships, organizations, support groups and community participants. The knowledge translation approach offers different theoretical and epistemological paradigms to western science and intersectionality theory. Immigrants and refugees living in urban and rural communities are influenced by cultural values, practices, and norms with family and community support in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Northwest Territories.

Knowledge translation

Culturally appropriate collaborative activities with immigrants and refugees living in urban and rural communities can result in improved health outcomes and offer new insights into the fields of knowledge translation. Knowledge translation is examined in the context of policies, programs and approaches that address the underlying social determinants of health, such as housing and living environments, access to health services, income and social status, education and literacy, employment and working condition, social supports and coping skills, healthy behaviours, gender, culture and race. The continued engagement in planning projects with immigrants and refugees living in urban and rural communities has allowed us to establish partnerships and collaborations with community leaders, family supports, healthcare providers and caregivers.

Outcomes

This project will support a CIHR Planning and Dissemination to organize a community engaged knowledge translation summit with the research team members to bring together the community stakeholders who have been engaged in ongoing psychosocial cancer. This CEKT Summit will be valuable for sharing recommendations and strategies as a first step toward a longer-term project of putting culturally responsive cancer prevention and screening approaches. The knowledge translation process developed from this work will be necessary for translating knowledge with other marginalized people and people living in rural communities across Canada in culturally appropriate and responsive cancer healthcare services to improve quality of life and patient-reported outcomes.

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