This project is informed by and designed based on our previous public engagement project on cancer where we identified themes and public engagement activities that are of interest to the stakeholders in the province. Here, we propose to act on some of its findings.
Specifically, we propose to create non-technical public knowledge resources on cancer using digital tools.
For this purpose, we will invite public members, cancer patients-family members, healthcare providers-administrators, and researchers as guest speakers.
We will record or stream the conversations using digital tools.
We will then promote these digital products online for public access and engagement.
Cancer is a common disease with almost 40% of Canadians being diagnosed with it.
Engaging with public members and conveying reliable knowledge is a crucial part of public health efforts. It can also increase access to clinical and support services, improve health outcomes, support the critically sick or dying, and reduce the overall burden of cancer.
Our aim is to exchange knowledge with the public by creating non-technical resources on cancer using digital tools.
Our objectives are to:
1. Identify potential guest speakers
2. Invite the speakers and record or stream the conversations (aka, digital resources or products)
3. Disseminate the products for public access through digital platforms
4. Analyze user-speaker feedback to inform future steps
This project is informed by a previous project by our group (funded by Quick Start Fund – 2022) where we created an initial action plan based on cancer-related topics and platforms prioritized by diverse stakeholders in order to better engage with the NL residents. We developed this new project to implement a part of this plan.
This project is expected to benefit all stakeholders, because:
- This is a co-created and stakeholder-informed public engagement project on cancer, a common disease
- We will continue to engage with stakeholders in new ways and exchange knowledge about diverse cancer-related topics
- Digital resources on cancer can help increase the public knowledge, reduce the cancer burden, and improve the health literacy and public health.
- This project will strengthen the collaboration among public and our team consisting of members of the community, NL Health Services, and Memorial University.
- This project will elevate the expertise of our group. Our group – The Public Interest Group on Cancer Research – has been diligently exchanging knowledge, addressing the community needs and building bridges among stakeholders since 2021 (https://strength-in-community.ca/public-interest-group-on-cancer/).
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