Using Knowledge Exchange to Build and Sustain Community Support to Reduce Cancer Screening Inequities
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BACKGROUND: "Knowledge exchange" (KE) refers to the interaction between knowledge users and researchers toward a goal of mutual learning and collaborative problem solving. METHODS: Using a case study approach, this article describes how researchers leading a multiphase community engagement project, the Peel Cancer Screening Study (PCSS), used KE to engage a community advisory group (CAG) of knowledge users to build community support for interventions to reduce cancer screening inequities for South Asians in Peel Region, Ontario, Canada. RESULTS: As a result of KE activities (concept mapping, a CAG launch meeting, regular CAG meetings, workgroup meetings, a community report), there is currently a resident-targeted, community-level program being implemented and a provider-targeted intervention that is funded, with both ethnospecific and health service organizations involved. The process of KE received positive evaluations from advisory group members. CONCLUSIONS: The experiences of the PCSS illustrate the benefits of KE for researchers and community members.
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