Breast & Cervical Cancer Disparities Response among Women of African Descent in Minnesota

Areas of Opportunity

Documented evidences have shown that women of African Descent in the USA have both a higher percentage of late-stage diagnoses as well as the highest rates of mortality from breast cancer and the second highest prevalence of cervical cancer when compared to women of other ethnic subgroups. However, this situation can be prevented by taking advantage of current knowledge which includes early detection through screening. The idea that increasing knowledge and awareness level of women of African Descent can be the winning weapon in Minnesota is relevant for opening new paths for intervention in the response.

Areas of Action

Providing a comprehensive and integrated information, education and services that are culturally & linguistically appropriate using a Community Based Approach includes:
  • Increasing community collaboration and participation.
  • Training of women of African Descent as peer educators & Navigators on breast and cervical cancer screening information
  • Providing cultural competency training to breast and cervical cancer screening service providers.
  • Promoting screening uptake.
  • Enhancing quality of life.

Approach

Community Based Approach which will focus on activities with an emphasis on individual abilities and capacities.

Benefits

  • Help communities to gain ownership & take responsibility for responses to their challenges.
  • Deal directly with issues/challenges arising instead of having external actors step in and assume responsibilities.
  • Promotes & sustains community engagement, participation and collaboration.

Key Activities

  • Cultural Responsive Training.
  • Psychoeducational strategies.
  • Spousal inclusion, training and support.
  • Business Start-up grants.
  • Regular follow-up by trained community workers.
  • Group formation, training and self-support.
  • Collaboration/Partnership formation
  • Psychosocial counseling

Beneficiaries:

Breast cancer patients/survivors, Caregivers, Religious Leaders, Community Stakeholders & Service Providers, etc.