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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 May;23(2 Suppl):109-20. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0076.

A community-academic partnership to plan and implement an evidence-based lay health advisor program for promoting breast cancer screening.

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  • 1Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA.


Despite a growing body of evidence concerning effective approaches to increasing breast cancer screening, the gap between research and practice continues. The North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program (NC-BCSP) is an example of an evidence-based intervention that uses trained lay health advisors (LHA) to promote breast cancer screening. Partnerships that link academic researchers knowledgeable about specific evidence-based programs with community-based practitioners offer a model for increasing their use. This article describes a partnership between CrossWorks, Inc., a community-based organization, and the UNC-CH Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in planning and implementing an evidence-based program for promoting breast cancer screening among older African American women in rural eastern North Carolina communities. We used in-depth interviews to explore the relationship of the partnership to the activities that were undertaken to launch the evidence-based program.

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