Online Program

Acculturation and Breast Cancer Screening among African Immigrant Women in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rebekah Ndinda Ngewa, MPH, DrPH, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Pamela Mukaire, DrPH, MPH, MEd, Resources for Improving Birth and Health Outcomes, Vienna, VA
Aunamesha Henley, MPH, DrPH, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Washington, DC
Tobechukwu. J Udeigbo, MPH(s), Public and Community Health, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Background: Although over 1.6 million African immigrants live in the US, few studies have examined the role of acculturation in relation to their preventive health screening behavior. This study was designed to explore the relationship between acculturation and breast cancer screening and intention to screen. Methods: A cross-sectional study designed questionnaire was completed anonymously by a diverse community-based sample of 175 consented African immigrant women residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Outcome measures were mammography screening practices and intention to screen based on recommendation guidelines. Results: Women who were more acculturated were more likely to screen and intend to screen for mammography. Some primary acculturation factors based on the bi-dimensional acculturation scale, were not associated with screening behavior. Secondary acculturation predictors (duration in U.S. and age at migration), were significantly associated with current screening practices and intention to screen. Discussion: Findings support the need for culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions that target less acculturated African immigrant women.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Assess current breast cancer prevention strategies among African immigrants Discuss best practices where immigrant health is concerned Explain information relevant to breast cancer prevention among African immigrants

Keyword(s): Immigrant Health, Cancer and Women’s Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked closely with the study PI. I am interested in immigrant health, particularly among women of African descent, and I have provided some technical assistance on research and health programing for African immigrants in the USA.
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.