Addressing Cancer Disparities Through Community Engagement: Improving Breast Health Among Haitian Women

Cathy D. Meade

Janelle Menard

Claudine Thervil

Marlene A. Rivera

cultural aspects, breast cancer care
ONF 2009, 36(6), 716-722. DOI: 10.1188/09.ONF.716-722

Purpose/Objectives: To describe processes for fostering community engagement among Haitian women to facilitate breast health education and outreach that are consonant with Haitians' cultural values, literacy, and linguistic skills.

Data Sources: Existing breast cancer education and outreach efforts for Haitian immigrant communities were reviewed. Local community partners were the primary source of information and guided efforts to create a series of health-promoting activities. The resultant partnership continues to be linked to a larger communitywide effort to reduce cancer disparities led by the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network.

Data Synthesis: A systematic framework known as the CLEAN (Culture, Literacy, Education, Assessment, and Networking) Look Checklist guided efforts for improved communications.

Conclusions: Community engagement forms the foundation for the development and adaptation of sustainable breast education and outreach. Understanding and considering aspects of Haitian culture are important to the provision of competent and meaningful care.

Implications for Nursing: Nurses should expand their skills, knowledge, and competencies to better address the changing demographics of their communities. Nurses also can play a critical role in the development of outreach programs that are relevant to the culture and literacy of Haitian women by forming mutually beneficial partnerships that can decrease health disparities in communities.

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