Boot Camp Translation

Engaging communities to improve health

CO-CEAL and Boot Camp Translation

Boot Camp Translation (BCT), or sometimes called “Community Translation,” leverages the expertise of community members to translate dense scientific evidence and guidelines into messages, campaigns and materials that are locally relevant and conversational. In the case of CO-CEAL, BCT will focus on the creation of messages that call local community members to action on a specific topic: COVID-19 vaccination.

BCT has evolved from its beginning as an effort to include the High Plains Research Network’s Community Advisory Council in a project to increase screening rates for colon cancer, into what is now a standardized, proven process that has been replicated within many communities and throughout many projects in Colorado and across the country.

The development process of a BCT typically last between six and nine months and includes a series of in-person and phone meetings. With the need to get relevant and accurate information out to specific communities across Colorado that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, this CO-CEAL effort is using a “rapid” BCT (rBCT) model. The rBCT model will take place in five communities and will guide participants through the entire process in eight weeks, completely virtually.

At the end of the development phase, groups will work with trained BCT facilitators, medical experts and designers to produce high- quality materials that are distributed in local community venues.

Shared Expertise

BCT recognizes the expertise that community members and researchers bring to the table and takes advantage of sharing each person’s expertise to achieve success.

High Level Education

BCTs begin with a medical expert presenting an in-depth educational session on the given topic. The information is not over-simplified for a lay audience.

Consistent Partners

Throughout a BCT, the same community and academic partners participate. The result is a robust group dynamic.

Active Facilitators

BCT facilitators are part of the BCT team. There is “back and forth” communication, and the facilitator’s expertise is shared as part of the group.

Collaborative Creation

BCT engages local community members in changing the way patients and community members think and communicate about health.
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