Training Community Educators in Brazil

Guest post from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Manager of Community Health, Catherine Oliveros, DrPH

Course for the Cure™We find ourselves in Sao Paulo, Brazil enjoying its warm weather, familiarizing ourselves with its mountainous streets and learning that Sao Paulo is known, well, for…its pizza. Some locals report that the Brazilians have improved on the Italian version – we have yet to find out.

The true mission of our trip to Sao Paulo, however, is not to weigh in on the pizza debate, but more importantly to observe the pilot of Komen’s Community Educators Program (CEP), a new curriculum being launched as part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness.

This is exciting work, where we share what we’ve learned about how effective breast cancer education programs can lead to behavior change in communities with advocacy groups and health professionals “in country.” We’re working together to establish education programs that will lead to better breast cancer outcomes in Brazil. It was terrific meeting and working this week with a great group of individuals from Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil. We had three days of training, led by the Brazil country team, Luciana Holtz de Camargo Barros and Maria Theresa Veit.

Our Community Educators Program builds on previous work that we have done in Brazil and 6 other countries through the Course for the Cure™ program.

About 45,000 women in Brazil were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 – it is the most prevalent cancer among women there. All of us are working to “downstage” the disease in Brazil, that is, get to a place where women arrive for medical treatment at the very earliest stages of breast cancer, when it is easier to treat.

I love being able to meet women and men who are as passionate about ending this disease as I am, no matter where they live and work. I’d like to thank our hosts in Brazil for a great and meaningful three days of training, and for a partnership that will be so meaningful. To learn more about our global work, visit http://www.globalkomen.org .

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Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

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