Journal of Community Health

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 193–203 | Cite as

Multi-Site Implementation of Health Education Programs for Latinas

  • Nora R. Sudarsan
  • Lina Jandorf
  • Deborah O. Erwin
Original paper


US Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and have nearly double the incidence of cervical cancer. A culturally customized educational program (Esperanza y Vida) was established in three locations to increase cancer awareness and screening. Educational programs (N = 159) were conducted, with participants randomized to either a breast and cervical (intervention) or diabetes (control) program. Variations in key factors, including gender, program location sites, language utilized, time/day of programs, and data collection method were detected, uncovering unique distributions across locations. Esperanza y Vida was successful in recruiting participants to health programs in three locations, each with a unique Latino population. Program site differences demonstrated educational and screening interventions can be implemented in multiple locations, with program variations reflecting local characteristics. These findings can be applied to outreach efforts to effectively increase participation and enhance screening practices and benefits in other regions.


Cancer Screening Latinos Educational programs 



This study was supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society (RSGT 113129) and funding from the John R. Oishei Foundation of Western New York.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nora R. Sudarsan
    • 1
  • Lina Jandorf
    • 1
  • Deborah O. Erwin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oncological SciencesMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Cancer Prevention and Population SciencesRoswell Park Cancer InstituteBuffaloUSA

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