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P R Health Sci J. 2017 Dec;36(4):191-197.

Community-Academic Partnership to Implement a Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Education Program in Puerto Rico.

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1
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Department of Health Services Administration, Evaluation Program, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico; University of Puerto Rico-MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Program, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2
University of Puerto Rico-MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Program, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
3
The University of Texas School of Public Health, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, Houston, Texas.
4
Taller Salud, Inc., Loíza, PR.
5
University of Puerto Rico-MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Program, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Doctoral Program on Health Sciences and Sport, Health Sciences Faculty, Department of Psychiatrist and Nurse, University of Zaragoza, Spain.
6
Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
7
Department of Health Services Administration, Evaluation Program, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico; University of Puerto Rico-MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Program, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
8
Center for Social Research, College of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe how a community-academic partnership between Taller Salud Inc., a community-based organization, and the Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Outreach Program of the University of Puerto Rico was crucial in the adaptation and implementation of Cultivando La Salud (CLS), an evidencebased educational outreach program designed to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women living in Puerto Rico. This collaboration facilitated the review and adaptation of the CLS intervention to improve cultural appropriateness, relevance, and acceptability for Puerto Rican women.

METHODS:

A total of 25 interviewers and 12 Lay Health Workers (LHWs) were recruited and trained to deliver the program. The interviewers recruited women who were non-adherent to recommended screening guidelines for both breast and cervical cancer. LHWs then provided one-on-one education using the adapted CLS materials.

RESULTS:

A total of 444 women were recruited and 48% of them were educated through this collaborative effort.

CONCLUSION:

Our main accomplishment was establishing the academic-community partnership to implement the CLS program. Nevertheless, in order to promote better collaborations with our community partners, it is important to carefully delineate and establish clear roles and shared responsibilities for each partner for the successful execution of research activities, taking into consideration the community's needs.

KEYWORDS:

Breast and Cervical Cancer; Community-based participatory research (CBPR); Evidence-based intervention; Lay Health Worker (LHW); Puerto Rico

PMID:
29220062
PMCID:
PMC5835963

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