Nebraska Statewide Cancer Needs Assessment Report
The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, in collaboration with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition (NC2) and with input from the Nebraska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, developed a report to summarize the findings from the secondary data analysis of existing data such as cancer registry data and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data.
Nebraska Community Health Needs Assessment
The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, in collaboration with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition (NC2) and with input from the Nebraska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, is conducting a statewide cancer community health needs assessment during 2021. As part of the process, cancer centers and community organizations throughout the state were asked to help recruit cancer patients/survivors and caregivers to participate in a series of listening sessions. The listening sessions used a structured facilitation guide and poll questions to solicit participants’ perspectives about the cancer journey as well as provide specific feedback on colorectal cancer screening awareness and participation.
Rural NE Report
African American Reports
Two listening sessions focused on the perspectives of African American community members. The need to feel supported in the journey – from family, friends, community, and treatment providers—was a central theme. Participants identified barriers to cancer care that are well known in the cancer literature, including financial burdens and accessibility. However, participants also identified factors specific to the African American community that impact cancer care as well as general health status. The community as a whole, but males, in particular, need continued outreach and education to promote routine medical care rather than waiting until symptoms develop. In general, participants indicated that breast cancer awareness is strong within the African American community but less so for other types of cancer including colorectal cancer. In general, participants indicated the importance of cancer support groups to have hope for the future and not view a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. As one participant clearly indicated, “words matter” and how the diagnosis and prognosis are presented can have a lasting impact on treatment decisions and survivorship.
Native American Reports
- Ratnapradipa, K.L., Ranta, J., Napit, K., Luma, L.L., Robinson, T., Dinkel, D., Schabloske, L., & Watanabe-Galloway, S. (2022). Qualitative Analysis of Cancer Care Experiences among Rural Cancer Survivors and Caregivers. The Journal of Rural Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12665 (E-pub on Apr 5, 2022).
- Ratnapradipa, K.L., Napit, K., Ranta, J., Luma, L.L., Dinkel, D., Robinson, T., Schabloske, L., & Watanabe-Galloway, S. (2022). Qualitative Analysis of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Nebraska. Journal of Cancer Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-022-02170-y (E-pub on Apr 18, 2022). This one also has a shorter SharedIt link: https://rdcu.be/cLB7M [rdcu.be]