Patnè en aksyon: Addressing cancer disparities in Little Haiti through research and social action

Erin Kobetz, Janelle Menard, Betsy Barton, Laurinus Pierre, Joshua Diem, Pascale Denize Auguste

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Abstract

Haitian women living in Miami, Florida, experience an increased risk of developing and dying from cervical cancer compared with women in other racial/ethnic minority and immigrant groups in the area. In response to this disparity, academic investigators from a local university-based cancer center and community leaders from Little Haiti, the predominately Haitian neighborhood in Miami, created Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), a campus-community partnership. We describe the partnership's effort to document the prevalence of lifetime and routine Papanicolau test use using community-based participatory research methods. Community health workers indigenous to the area recruited participants from various community venues throughout Little Haiti and administered informal, brief interviews to assess their screening practices. The results indicate that Haitian women are underscreened and underscore the importance of community involvement in study implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1165
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume99
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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