The Standing Rock Story: How We Developed a Men's Health Day Program

We evaluate every Men's Health Day by asking participants to complete a pencil and paper survey.  It is one page long and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. CHRs are available to help men complete the survey if they need assistance or are unable to read or write.  The survey covers how men found out about the event and how they rate aspects of the event.  They are also asked to list what they liked and did not like about the event and whether they will participate again.  For example, participants have noted that they appreciate that all providers at the event are male, the incentives and the social camaraderie the event affords.  They have recommended that more food be provided.  This type of information is used to improve the program.  The survey also asks for the name and contact information of other men who should be invited to future Men’s Health Days.

Custer Health staff developed the survey based on the Women’s Way model.  IHS and tribal CHR partners reviewed and provided feedback on drafts of the survey.  These partners also receive copies of completed surveys after information identifying the patient has been removed.

At the supplemental men's educational workshops, we have used an Automated Response System (ARS) to evaluate what the participants learned during the session and their assessment of the workshop's value.  ARS allows us to obtain immediate results for the group, which are shared with participants in real time.  The downside of using ARS is the cost.

Currently we are working with the North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the CDC and the University of North Dakota to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of screening programs on the Standing Rock reservation.  The evaluation will assess changes in screening behavior, knowledge and awareness of cancer topics among participants, why people participate in events and why they do not.  Information will be collected in focus groups of screening participants, people who have not been screened, survivors and caregivers.

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