Online Program

Comprehensive breast health breast cancer screening & wellness prevention education (pilot) program collaborative

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kathleen Young, MPH, PhD, MS, Department of Health Sciences, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Joyce Gilbert, Ph.D., Family Consumer Sciences, California State University: Magaram Center, Northridge, CA
Bita Ashtari, MPH, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
Debora Wright, Inner Images Mammography Center, Los Angeles, CA
Program purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a breast health/breast cancer screening and wellness education prevention program among 40 to 70-year-old, underserved (low-income & uninsured), overweight Latina women, living in San Fernando, California. The program's curriculum addressed the importance of breast health, comprehensive breast cancer screenings (Breast Self-Examination (BSE), Clinical Breast Self-Examination, MRI, and Mammogram), healthy diet/nutrition and regular physical activity prevention education. A collaborative program was created from the following organizations: California State University of Northridge (CSUN) faculty and student interns from the Departments of Health Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Kinesiology. Organizations: Inner Images Mobile Mammography Services, Mission Community Hospital, and Vision of Health. This was a six-week program implemented in the spring of 2013. Methods: Participants were recruited through participation from an existing comprehensive diabetes educational program called “Diabetes Teaching Kitchen” at the Mission Community Hospital. Upon participant consent, women were randomly selected into either the experimental or control group. Participants in the experimental group participated in the 6 week program. Data was collected examining the participants' knowledge, skill, behavior, and monthly practice of BSE. Data was also collected examining the participant's diet and exercise patterns pre to post testing. Results from this pilot study will be presented and discussed.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify key public health partnerships for increasing breast cancer screenings for low income/uninsured women. Discuss effective strategies in creating a breast health/breast cancer screening and wellness prevention education collaborative proposal program. Describe effective strategies for reducing health disparities between population groups. Describe the principal functions of a community advisory board. Identify ways to develop effective cultural community-based partnerships.

Keyword(s): Primary Prevention, Breast Cancer Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator of this program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.