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J Cancer Educ. 2009;24(4):257-60. doi: 10.1080/08858190902972939.

Breast cancer and cervical cancer control program enrollees inform the kin keeper curriculum.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.



The purpose of this study is to present the methodology of developing the Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Curriculum Guide and Workbook through participatory engagement of women from underserved communities.


It was developed to cross train community health workers (CHWs) from public health programs to deliver cancer education. Data collection included review of existing educational materials, a 10-minute telephone survey of 146 women enrolled in a Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program and a pair of pre-post training assessments of 31 African American, Latina, and Arab CHWs.


The enrollees adequately informed the curriculum and the CHWs increased their scores by 7% (14%) in breast (cervical) cancer literacy; P-values <0.01.


The methodology was validated; the curriculum was well-informed and CHWs were effectively cross trained using the curriculum.

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