Christian Hospital Smart Health Event Summary

The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center hosted the first Smart Health Community Cancer Education Day on June 30 at Christian Hospital in North St. Louis County. PECaD is proud to say this Smart Health event reached over 75 community members.

In its sixth year, Smart Health continues to provide our community partners with deeper learning opportunities related to cancer prevention and research, to use the event as a platform to report back on research results, and to educate individuals and families about research and its relevance. These events are designed to deliver intensive small group and one-on-one health education, consistent with Community Guide recommendations for increasing cancer screening, through small interactive workshops over the course of four hours. The workshop topics are jointly determined between community partners and PECaD’s Community Health Educator.

At our Siteman Cancer Center at Christian Hospital Smart Health event, workshops included our 8 ways to prevent cancer, cancer survivorship, a healthy cooking demonstration, exercise on a budget, and cancer screening recommendations. Our “Intro to Research” session provided an overview of research designs, questions to ask, and one-on-one discussions with a researcher. During the event, participants also had an opportunity to browse our research poster gallery that displayed research findings on specific cancer sites.

PECaD would like to thank all of our presenters, panelist, vendors, and most of all, our community members, for attending Smart Health to teach and learn about cancer and ways to reduce cancer risks. For more information about PECaD, please contact Marilyn Wilson at 314-747-1109 or wilsonmarilynl@wustl.edu.