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Improving Cancer Survival Rates in the Fire Service 2019-2020

15-40 Connection and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine both work to provide access to vital health information to improve quality of life and the healthcare experience, especially in those audiences identified to have a greater need for these services. To close the gap in delayed diagnosis of cancer and provide the best medicine for cancer- early detection- individuals need to be empowered through an integrated approach to health education that drives behavior change. 15-40 Connection is the only organization that is using the power of patient awareness as the focus in the path to diagnosis with its 3 Steps Detect early detection education. 15-40 Connection is teaching audiences in high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations and community groups how to recognize early warning signs of cancer and how to work with doctors to detect their cancer at the earliest stages. A critical element of this education is continuity, reinforcement and access to reliable information and advice. Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has allowed for the incorporation of NNLM/Medline Plus resources into our 3 Steps Detect early detection education. All audiences we teach are provided Medline Plus as their credible resources for reliable and up-to-date information regarding doctor/patient relationships, symptoms, confidentiality and patient's rights.
Organization:
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Men
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Asian
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Emergency preparedness and response
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Tricia Scannell Laursen
Funding Source: 
NER
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$10000
Funding Period:
May 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020
Project Status:
Awarded

Activities

Jewett City Fire Department Presentation 07.23.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
07/23/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Town of Griswold CT Jewett City Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 30 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Malden Fire Department Presentation 06.25.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/25/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
City of Malden MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 80 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Newton Fire Department Presentation 06.24.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/24/2019 to 06/26/2019
Activity Type:
Classes/Courses/Trainings/Workshops
Partner Organization(s):
City of Newton MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 190 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Turners Falls Fire Department Presentation 06.22.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/22/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Turners Falls MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 6 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Stow Fire Department Presentation 06.21.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/21/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Town of Stow MA Fire-Rescue Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 20 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Lexington Fire Department Presentation 06.12.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/12/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Town of Lexington MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 50 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Fall River Fire Department Presentation 06.11.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
06/11/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
City of Fall River MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 20 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Cambridge Fire Department Presentation 5.31.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
05/31/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Cambridge MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 35 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.
Lawrence Fire Department Presentation 5.29.2019
Activity Description:
This 30-minute presentation consisted of a Powerpoint and videos to teach the 3 Steps Detect, 15-40 Connection’s guide to early detection. Topics addressed included: • Firefighters’ increased risk of diagnosis and death due to cancer • Difference between prevention measures vs.
Activity Dates:
05/29/2019
Activity Type:
Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
City of Lawrence MA Fire Department (Partner Organizations)
Achievements:
Presented 22 firefighters with early cancer detection techniques and recommended MedlinePlus as a dependable health information resource.