Tullamore native, Laura Molloy, who works in the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) and her team, was amongst the winners at the recent Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards for their project, the ‘Bespoke cancer screening training for community health workers in the Traveller Community.’
At a ceremony in Dublin, Laura and her team from the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) won first place in the category, ‘Best Health Promotion Project. ’ Fourteen other organisations were also recognised for their efforts to communicate more clearly and for making information more accessible to the public, with five entries taking home specially commissioned trophies. For a full list of the winners and finalists, please see www.healthliteracy.ie.
The National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) communications and screening promotion team aims to reduce barriers and enable eligible women from the Travelling community to participate in BreastCheck and CervicalCheck. The NCSS developed a bespoke, interactive training programme for community health workers (CHWs) which supports women with low literacy levels to understand complex messages about cancer and screening. The programme incorporates pictorial-led materials that support women with low literacy levels to understand often complex messages abut cancer and screening. The overarching objective is to encourage women
from the Travelling community to make informed choices about their cancer screening needs. The overwhelming response from 50 participants was that the training was enjoyable and participative. CHWs reported that the training challenged their fatalistic view of cancer. Many had never before seen the benefits of screening and getting early symptoms checked out. They are now actively sharing this positive message with their communities.