182507 Prostate Cancer prevention and Care: The role of women as motivators and instigators of men for decision making and action in minority populations

Monday, October 27, 2008: 1:10 PM

Sridevi Alla, MBBS , STD/HIV Bureau, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Gerri A. Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH , School of Public Health, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Olugbemiga Tanilepada Ekundayo, MD, MPH, DrPH , Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Mario J. Azevedo, PhD , Department of Epidemiology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Joyce Buckner-Brown, PhD, MHS, RRT , Department of Health Policy & Management, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Primus Wheeler Jr, MST, RRT , Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Jackson, MS

Behavioral, cognitive and perceptual research and demonstration projects have reported difficulty in recruiting men to participate in studies on men's health especially with any connotation of sexual inability or underperformance related stigma. However, women have in various settings successfully mobilized men to participate with varying success. This paper describes processes used to mobilize prostate cancer survivors in a minority population, to participate in focus group discussions through women in their lives.


Members reflecting a community's demographic distribution were selected into a community advisory board to help guide and direct community engagement for prostate cancer prevention and care. Women members of the group included spouses or first degree relatives of men who were prostate cancer survivors. Focus group and questionnaire tasks were assigned and each person reported on their task status. Task record was used to monitor activity and task accomplishment. Audio and text recordings were taken at task events. Participants were asked what would make them want to participate in health related events


Direct telephone calls, network tracing, radio, television, churches and door-to-door solicitation were used by women in the group to mobilize men, women and children to participate in focus group event. Participating men reported enjoying the event. Men's answers to question regarding participation included that the women made them attend


Women are essential in mobilizing men to participate in health promotion. Programs may need to emphasize participation of women in mobilizing men to participate in events organized for men's health

Learning Objectives:
• Identify elements of barriers to mobilizing hard to reach communities • Identify steps in mobilizing women for men’s health • Identify features of effort logs • Use effort logs to identify specific activities of effort to mobilize men in a community • Identify reasons why men do not participate in their health related activities • List reasons supporting the importance of women in mobilizing men for men’s health

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Cancer Screening

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