During the event, participants were able to walk through a large, inflatable model of a colon and see examples of conditions that can increase the risk of colon cancer. Saffiyah Muhammad, MPH, the PECaD program coordinator explained how the inflatable colon is an important learning tool:
“Participants are able to see the differences between a healthy colon, early stages, and advanced colon cancer. This visual facilitates discussion and helps our participants understand what colon cancer looks like in the body.”
Community Health Education events are just one part of PECaD. The primary goal of the Program is to work through community partnerships to develop outreach and education, quality improvement and research, and training strategies that will foster healthy communities and environments less burdened by cancer disparities. By working with community organizations, cancer survivors, clinicians, researchers and advocates to enhance education and awareness about cancer risk and prevention we aim to reduce cancer disparities.
Developing partnerships in St. Louis and the surrounding communities provide the opportunity to increase outreach and engagement with community members. Through community partnerships, education, and outreach we plan to continue hosting health education events.