Shared Leadership and Equal Contribution of Community and Academic Partnerships Lead to Smoking Cessation Program for Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders (PIs) have one of the highest rates of cigarette use, but evidence-based smoking cessation programs designed specifically for PIs are practically nonexistent. A recently published paper reports on the development of a culturally tailored smoking cessation curriculum designed specifically for young adult PIs using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach that allowed for the sharing of ideas and knowledge between academics and community members. This paper demonstrates the benefits of shared leadership and equal contribution of community and academic partnerships. As a result of this collaboration, eight educational modules were developed. Information on the dangers of cigarettes, benefits to cessation, and ways to cope with cravings and stress through cognitive behavioral therapy were offered in both narrative and non-narrative formats.
Source: Kwan et al (2017). Development of an Online Smoking Cessation Curriculum for Pacific Islanders: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 1(3), 263–274.

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