4220.0 Sex, Drugs, and Poverty and HPV in Appalachia

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 12:30 PM
Appalachia is a region defined by proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and is characterized by low socioeconomic levels, higher poverty levels and unemployment, and barriers to health care. These factors contribute to the high rates of chronic diseases including cancer. Cervical cancer, a preventable disease, is especially problematic in Appalachia with higher mortality and incidence rates compared to the United States. Known risk factors for cervical cancer, such as infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV), cigarette smoking, engaging in risky sexual behaviors and lack of Pap smear screenings are not currently well-characterized in this population.
Session Objectives: The goal of this session is to present information collected from the Community Awareness, Resources and Education (CARE) project which is focused on understanding and addressing the high cervical cancer rates in Appalachia Ohio. After attending this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe how lack of knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer prevention strategies influence Appalachian women. 2. Discuss the socioeconomic barriers Appalachian women experience that impact factors related to cervical cancer prevention. 3. Explain two new concepts, the Appalachian identity and the CARE cervical cancer risk scale, which may help in future cancer research in this population.

12:30 PM
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance in Ohio Appalachia
Mira Katz, PhD, Mack Ruffin, MD, Douglas Post, PhD and Electra D. Paskett, PhD
12:45 PM
Socioeconomic Barriers to Pap smear utilization among Ohio Appalachian women
Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Mira Katz, PhD, Paul L. Reiter, PhD, Jill M. Oliveri, MPH, DrPH, Amy Lehman, Dale Rhoda, Douglas Post, PhD and Mack Ruffin, MD
1:00 PM
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine knowledge and attitudes among women in Appalachia Ohio
Mack Ruffin, MD, Cecilia DeGraffinreid, MHS, RHIA, Melissa Hicks, MS, CHES, Mira Katz, PhD, Erinn Hade and Electra D. Paskett, PhD
1:15 PM
Appalachian self-identity and its effects on cervical cancer screening and risky sexual behavior among women in Ohio Appalachia
Paul L. Reiter, PhD, Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Mira Katz, PhD, Amy K. Ferketich, PhD and Mack Ruffin, MD
1:30 PM
Smoking status and social and health-related characteristics among Ohio Appalachian women
Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, Pamela Salsberry, PhD, Amy K. Ferketich, PhD, Karen Ahijevych, PhD, Bryan Ball, Electra D. Paskett, PhD and Stanley Lemeshow, PhD

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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