Karadakan was established in 2007 in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata prefecture to support decision-making of community people in terms of health-relating issues. Our main goal is citizens' empowernment. We are located in a public library where we provide a wide range of information includes scientifically based guidelines, as well as a variety of patients' experiences and stories. We aslo provide various interactive larning opportunities, pro-active study groups, survivor's meetings and peer support groups in the community. In ORF 2018, we will introduce the most recent active larning programs for community empowernment.
We planned and conducted Cancer Education Workshop for Primary school students in Tsuruoka City. Twenty five students aged 9-11 participated the one-day interactive wokshop. The program imply both the science and the socilogy of cancer. Interactive workshop helped students to understand how and why cancer grows, how cancer is treated, and resources to help patients to live happy in their community.
Tsuruoka Metabolomic Cohort Study started in 2012 to follow up 11,000 enrolled residents over 25 years. One of the unique features of this cohort study is combining Metabolomic profiling analysis with other biological and life-style data. By collaborating with other sectors in the region, such as public sectors and healthcare providers, we have been producing remarkable research output. We are also very active in delivering our study results to community dwellers. By doing so, we are aiming to enhance community health and residents healthy behavior and socialparticipation.