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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 87–95 | Cite as

Testing a Religiously Tailored Intervention with Somali American Muslim Women and Somali American Imams to Increase Participation in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

  • Rebekah PrattEmail author
  • Sharif Mohamed
  • Wali Dirie
  • Nimo Ahmed
  • Sey Lee
  • Michael VanKeulen
  • Sam Carlson
Original Paper

Abstract

Somali American women have low rates of breast and cervical screening. This research aimed to test the feasibility and impact of religiously tailored workshops involving Somali American Muslim women and male imams to improve intention to undergo breast or cervical cancer screening. Religiously tailored workshops addressing cancer screening (each approximately 3 h in length) were conducted with 30 Somali American women and 11 imams. Pre- and post-test surveys measured attitudes toward screening, screening intention, and workshop experience. The workshops were feasible, and both the women and the imams found the workshops enjoyable as well as informative. The discussions of religiously tailored messages had a positive impact on attitudes toward cancer screening, and, for the women, a positive impact on intention to screen. Religiously tailored messages can be an important community asset for engaging Somali American Muslim women around the value of breast and cervical cancer screening.

Keywords

Cancer screening Breast Cervical Religious Immigrant Muslim Somali Qualitative Focus group 

Notes

Funding

This work was supported by the Program in Health Disparities Research Small Grant Program, University of Minnesota.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program in Health Disparities Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Islamic Civil Society of AmericaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Open Path ResourcesMinneapolisUSA

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