Community Empowerment for Cancer Screening Promotion among Medically Underserved Asian Women in Michigan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158586
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Community Empowerment for Cancer Screening Promotion among Medically Underserved Asian Women in Michigan
Abstract:
Community Empowerment for Cancer Screening Promotion among Medically Underserved Asian Women in Michigan
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Yu, Mei-yu, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Michigan
Title:Associate Research Scientist
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Building, Rm 2238, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA
Contact Telephone:734.936.3590
Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S., mostly due to immigration. Asian women in the U.S., compared with their counterparts in Asia, have higher cancer incidence rates. However, Asian women tend to underutilize cancer screenings due to challenges of different culture, language, and health care system. Using the Health Belief Model (Becker, 1977) as a framework, a community-based cancer screening promotion among uninsured Asian women aged 40+ was initiated in 1999 in Michigan. The project utilized several strategies to overcome economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers: (1) providing free Pap smear tests and mammograms through facilitating Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP); (2) sponsoring culturally and linguistically appropriate health educational programs to increase women's awareness and knowledge about cancer screening; and (3) assisting those who need interpretation and transportation with support of community volunteers. The evaluation forms filled out by 175 of the 380 BCCCP clients recruited from seven sub-Asian groups in the last two years reported that women knew the BCCCP mainly through community outreach programs (62%) and word of mouth (30%). Less than 4% knew the program from health care providers. More than 86% of the BCCCP participants could not speak English and had no transportation. Only one client said that her interpreter was provided by a clinic. Overall, the BCCCP promotion program was well received. The majority of the participants (98%) were satisfied with the service we provided, would like to use it again, and would recommend it to others. This project demonstrated that community-based health promotion, using culturally sensitive bilingual project staff and volunteers, could empower medically underserved Asian women. Ethnic and cultural consideration should be integrated into the health delivery system to improve care for uninsured minority clients.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCommunity Empowerment for Cancer Screening Promotion among Medically Underserved Asian Women in Michiganen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158586-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Community Empowerment for Cancer Screening Promotion among Medically Underserved Asian Women in Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Yu, Mei-yu, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Research Scientist</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Building, Rm 2238, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">734.936.3590</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">yujiang@umich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S., mostly due to immigration. Asian women in the U.S., compared with their counterparts in Asia, have higher cancer incidence rates. However, Asian women tend to underutilize cancer screenings due to challenges of different culture, language, and health care system. Using the Health Belief Model (Becker, 1977) as a framework, a community-based cancer screening promotion among uninsured Asian women aged 40+ was initiated in 1999 in Michigan. The project utilized several strategies to overcome economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers: (1) providing free Pap smear tests and mammograms through facilitating Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP); (2) sponsoring culturally and linguistically appropriate health educational programs to increase women's awareness and knowledge about cancer screening; and (3) assisting those who need interpretation and transportation with support of community volunteers. The evaluation forms filled out by 175 of the 380 BCCCP clients recruited from seven sub-Asian groups in the last two years reported that women knew the BCCCP mainly through community outreach programs (62%) and word of mouth (30%). Less than 4% knew the program from health care providers. More than 86% of the BCCCP participants could not speak English and had no transportation. Only one client said that her interpreter was provided by a clinic. Overall, the BCCCP promotion program was well received. The majority of the participants (98%) were satisfied with the service we provided, would like to use it again, and would recommend it to others. This project demonstrated that community-based health promotion, using culturally sensitive bilingual project staff and volunteers, could empower medically underserved Asian women. Ethnic and cultural consideration should be integrated into the health delivery system to improve care for uninsured minority clients.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:12:05Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:12:05Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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