Cervical Health in the Community (CHIC) – a Peer Driven Intervention for Latina Women in NYC
Methods: We recruited 40 Latina women between the ages of 18-50 years living in the Bronx to attend a workshop to educate others about the importance of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination. They were asked to refer other women from their social network. They completed a pre and post-test.
Results: The originally recruited 11 women referred 29 other women to attend the peer education workshop, which confirmed the feasibility of PDI. The mean age was 33.64 years (SD=9.8) with 43% under age 30; 65% had some college education; 70% were employed. Paired T-tests showed significant increases in Knowledge (p<.001) and increased Confidence (p<.01) in imparting learned information about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.
Conclusion: CHIC is a culturally specific successful cervical cancer prevention strategy and a novel approach that recognizes and leverages the ways in which close personal relationships can be used to improve knowledge about cervical cancer in a high risk community.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the feasibility of using a Peer-Driven Intervention (PDI) with ethnic minorities Articulate the procedure for engaging women to become health advocates for their communities
Keyword(s): Cancer and Women’s Health, Health Promotion and Education
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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