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Programs and Events

The UVA Outreach and Engagement team provides the community with a broad range of cancer education, service programs, and activities that have benefit residents of central Virginia and beyond. These programs educate the public about cancer risk, screening, prevention and survivorship. Our health education specialists frequently:

  • Attend health events
  • Give educational presentations
  • Collaborate on community projects
  • Promote community awareness of cancer. 

We commonly work with community organizations, schools, worksites and faith based groups to deliver high quality educational programs as well as attend health events on request based on availability. All our programs are offered free of charge to the public


An image of a man and woman jogging participating in the weekly C'Ville Walks program preparing for the annual Women's Four-Miler Labor Day Weekend.  The image has the C'Ville Walks logo is superimposed on the image.C’Ville Walks 

The weekly C’Ville Walks program prepares community members for the annual Women’s Four-Miler held on Labor Day weekend. Walkers gather at different locations throughout Charlottesville each Saturday to walk.

Walks include:

  • Health talks by community healthcare professionals
  • Monthly weigh ins
  • Shoe Scholarships for qualifying members

An image of three women participating in the Colon Cancer Free ZoneColon Cancer Free Zone 

Colon Cancer Free Zone aims to increase awareness of colon cancer and educate employees about screening measures that prevent colon cancer. Participants take part in interactive and educational sessions which are usually offered in a lunch and learn setting. Local healthcare professionals are brought in to educate the employees about colon cancer screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and physical activity.

This program includes:

  • Risk assessment questionnaires
  • Colon Cancer educational materials
  • Guidance on navigating insurance coverage for screenings
  • Assistance building system wide wellness policies 

Current and Past Sites: Virginia Cooperative Extension, Stihl Inc., Prince George County Offices, City of Petersburg, City of Charlottesville, Twin County Regional Healthcare

An image of a woman participating in the Understanding Cancer classes held throughout the year in Virginia.Understanding Cancer

Classes are held throughout the year in Virginia. 

Understanding Cancer is adapted from Appalachian Community Cancer Network to teach community members about:

  • Cancer basics
  • Prevention
  • Early detection
  • Treatment options
  • Survivorship
  • Community resources. 

The one day training is ideal for community organization, faith based groups, worksites and local health departments looking to increase education and awareness of cancer. Participants receive a booklet of educational materials and are encouraged to share their knowledge within their own communities. 

The program, which started in 2013, has been delivered to over 300 community members in the Southwest region of the state. The program has since expanded into several community college nursing curriculums, expanding the depth of cancer knowledge for our future healthcare providers. To date the program has impacted the lives of over 4000 Southwest Virginia residents.

CANCER: Thriving and Surviving

Classes are held in the Southwest region of Virginia throughout the year.

Improvements in early detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that people with cancer are living longer and with better quality of life. The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Workshop was developed by Stanford University School of Medicine to help participants set personal goals and develop skills to overcome barriers and successfully manage their own care. Some of the topics and skills discussed in the workshop include:

  • Techniques to deal with problems like frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and uncertainty
  • Appropriate exercise to maintain and regain flexibility and endurance
  • Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Setting priorities
  • Relationships

The workshop runs for 2 ½ hours once a week for seven consecutive weeks; is facilitated by two trained leaders who are cancer survivors or caregivers of cancer survivors. 

A graphic that is the logo for the eight week tobacco cessation support group at the Betty Queen Center in Louisa County. The graphic says Quit Smoking LouisaQuit Smoking Louisa

Classes held in the Spring and Fall each year.

In collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson Health District, our team holds an 8 week tobacco cessation support group at the Betty Queen Center in Louisa County. Participants take part in different interactive lessons each week that cover topics that support cessation.

Topics include:

  • Stress management and Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Medication options
  • Health effects of smoking
  • Acupuncture and hypnosis.

The environment encourages participants to share their journey and set a quit plan while receiving supportive feedback and assistance. The classes are free to the public and run about an hour each week.

Youth Tobacco Initiatives

School Based Curriculum

Funded through the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, an evidence based tobacco education curriculum is delivered to students in grades 6-8 in Albemarle and Nelson County.  Students learn through peer initiated activities first-hand the effects tobacco use has on their physical, emotional and social health. During the 2015-16 school year over 350 students took part in the program.

Merchant Education: Counter Tools

Counter Tools, a program developed at the University of North Carolina, helps communities implement policies that grant every person an opportunity to live a healthy life, in a healthy place.

It works to counter the negative effects of tobacco by:

  • Collecting data on tobacco retailers
  • Pinpointing locations of retailers
  • Documenting advertising of tobacco in stores
  • Documenting the use of discounts and coupons used
  • Using collected data to persuade local policy makers

This merchant education program is done in collaboration with our local Community Services Board: Region 10 CSB, the Tobacco Free Community Coalition and local youth groups. Our local Charlottesville youth actively assess the tobacco retailer environment and deliver strong merchant education messages about the importance of not selling to minors.

Great American Smokeout

Each year in November, local high schools in the Thomas Jefferson Health District participate in activities for the Great American Smokeout. Students have the opportunity to pledge to live tobacco free and speak with health educators about the effects of tobacco in their community.  

UVigilant: Illuminating the Importance of Sun Safety

This public education program aims to increase the public’s sun-protective knowledge, attitudes, and intentions. The camera uses UV lens technology to show participants the protective benefits of using sunscreen. Participants are given a photograph of their skin and educational materials about sun safety. Educational skin viewings using UV photography technology can be done at community events, worksites or other interactive location. The setup is simple and can be done indoors or outdoors.

 

A graphic of the UVigilant Sun Safety Program which recommends using shade, clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat when spending time in the sun.

Request A Program

If you would like to learn more about a community program or to discuss hosting one of our programs in your community, please contact:
 
Lindsay Hauser
Outreach and Engagement Manager
Tel:434.243.0433
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