February 2012

Evaluating a Teen Breast Health Initiative in NS

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This month, members of Breast Cancer Nova Scotia (BCANS) have been hosting lunch-and-learn sessions with teenaged girls throughout the province as part of the Live Pink Teen Breast Health Initiative. The sessions were part of a pilot which will host breast health sessions in one school in each of the province’s health districts.

The goal of developing an adolescent breast health program for Nova Scotia is to lower the rate of breast cancer for future generations, by empowering young women with information about their bodies. All of the materials will be made available to other schools, and BCANS encourages educators to deliver the lesson to students.

Our evaluator was on site for the Live Pink Teen Breast Health presentations held in Truro and New Glasgow. The Quaich Inc. was contracted to evaluate the 18-month project, which ends in March, and provide evaluation materials for the schools, such as student pre/post-tests, exit surveys, observer surveys, parent and student consent forms, and interim and final evaluation reports.

For more information about the initiative, visit Live Pink and Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia.

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