Community Health Education Activities

The Cancer Outreach Core serves as a link between researchers and the community by engaging in community outreach, evidence-based education and infrastructure development to promote cancer prevention and early detection in underserved communities in New Mexico and the border region. Activities include:

  • Education about the importance of cancer screening (colon, breast, and cervical)
  • HPV vaccinations
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Healthy lifestyle behaviors

Often times, the inflatable colon or the table top colon is used as a visual tool in delivering colorectal cancer health education at community events. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Cancer Outreach Core engage in health education by creating and disseminating health education brochures. They also organize cancer awareness tabling events on the NMSU campus, such as Cervical Cancer Awareness for the month of September and Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. Other community health education activities include disseminating cancer prevention and screening information through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The Cancer Outreach Core partners with others in the community to strengthen outreach efforts and further address cancer health disparities.

Students at a tabling event