Date Completed: 2/12/08
Faculty Name: Pauline Jolly, Ph.D., M.P.H.
UAB Department: Epidemiology
UAB School: Public Health
Campus Address: Ryals 217
Campus Zip: 0022
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Program Area: Cancer Control and Population Science
Project Title: Educational Interventions for Prostate Cancer in Jamaica
Project Status: About to begin
Proposed Start Date: June 9
Proposed End Date: August 16
Number of Weeks of Internship: 8
Number of Interns: 2
Expected Number of Work Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours
Expected Work Schedule for Intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule
Category of Research: Community-Based or Field Research
Cancer Research: Prostate
Project Description: Prostate cancer is one of the most significant health problems for middle-aged and elderly men. Men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are at risk for prostate cancer, however men of African descent are at especially high risk. African-Caribbean men, particularly men from Jamaica are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer, and have the highest incidence of worldwide cases at 473/100,000.
Despite the high incidence and high mortality rate of prostate cancer among Jamaican men, cancer prevention programs and educational interventions have not focused on this vulnerable population. Qualitative studies indicate that there is a lack of knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer risk factors, prevalence, and screening procedures among Jamaican men. Thus, there is a need for culturally-relevant educational interventions for prostate cancer awareness.
The specific aims include increasing knowledge of prostate cancer prevalence, risk factors, and screening procedures. Also to increase intentions to screen and knowledge of screening facilities.
Methods include a pilot study using a pre-test to establish baseline knowledge, an educational intervention, and post-test design.
Intern's Anticipated Duties:
Duty 1: Interview patients
Duty 2: Conduct an educational intervention
Duty 3: Collect and analyze data for publication
Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: office or desk space; computer and printer
Likelihood of authoring publications: Very Likely
Background, education, experience, or expertise preferred: Behavioral Science/Psychiatry; Epidemiologic Methods; Cancer Rates, Trends, and Statistics; Interview Skills; Literature Review Skills; Manuscript Preparation; Minorities and Health
This faculty member has been a CaRES Preceptor for three or more summers.
Intern 1: Kim Rutley Intern 2: Renicha McCree-Hale