Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer-Related Needs in Community-Based Organizations

Nowrin Nisa, Department of Psychology, Biology, & Chemistry, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 Jasmin Wang, Chad Henry, Department of Biomedical Science, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 Nicolle Basabe, Department of Public Health, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 Raul Hernandez, Department of Community Outreach, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 Erica Lubetkin, Department of Community Health & Social Medicine, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031

COVID-19 has impacted cancer across the spectrum from primary to tertiary prevention. For primary care, individuals may have delayed their routine health-care visits, resulting in missed opportunities to obtain counseling, immunizations, or cancer screenings. COVID-19 has been associated with many cancer-related risk behaviors, including a decrease in physical activity, an increase in caloric consumption, smoking, drinking, substance abuse, and elevated rates of depression and anxiety. Community-based organizations (CBOs) may address these factors and health-care needs in the populations they serve. This project aims to examine the impact of COVID-19 on CBOs located in East, Central Harlem, Morningside, Hamilton, Washington Heights, and Inwood by conducting 10-15 focus groups on these areas to ascertain the impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related programs. Participants will be asked about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related services, perceived challenges in communicating with community members/staff, providing services to the community, with partnerships, funding, changes in ways participants seek information to understand community needs, and COVID-19's impact on their personal ability to access services. After analyzing these focus groups for qualitative data, a community-needs assessment will be constructed and administered to organizations in the target area using an online platform. Responses from 80 agencies, from a variety of CBOs, will be collected. It is expected that programs in primary cancer prevention will be greatly impacted both in the short-term and long-term than programs for secondary or tertiary prevention. Agencies will report an increased demand for mental health programs, and smaller agencies will be more susceptible to changes in funding and personnel. Compared to past patterns, increased health problems may also cause CBOs to develop new and innovative partnerships/programs. COVID-19 will have a lasting effect on the availability and access of health-care services which will continue past the pandemic.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Nowrin Nisa

Institution: City University of New York- City College

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5126