Mammography use among haitian women in Miami, Florida: An opportunity for intervention

Erin Kobetz, Angela Dunn Mendoza, Betsy Barton, Janelle Menard, Glenn Allen, Larry Pierre, Joshua Diem, Virginia McCoy, Clyde McCoy

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When compared to other racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants in Miami, Florida, Haitian women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer when the prognosis for survival is poor. This disparity likely reflects mammography underutilization. Previous research has not examined the frequency of mammography use among Haitian women in Miami. Our study addresses this gap. In 2007, Community Health Workers (CHWs) recruited nearly 1,000 Haitian women from community venues across Little Haiti, the predominately Haitian area in Miami, to participate in Rapid Assessment Surveys (RAS). RAS are a quick, cost-efficient method for assessing the prevalence of health behaviors in communities with high-rates of illiteracy and/or distrust of research. Our data indicate Haitian women are less likely than other women in Florida to report regular mammography. Such findings, though not surprising, suggest that grouping all black persons, regardless of ancestry, into one research category may mask variation in disease risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-421
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Community health workers
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Disparities in mammography utilization
  • Haitian women
  • Rapid assessment surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)


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