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Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 1092–1096 | Cite as

Community Breast Health Education for Immigrants and Refugees: Lessons Learned in Outreach Efforts to Reduce Cancer Disparities

  • Sailaja KamarajuEmail author
  • Jessica Olson
  • Melissa DeNomie
  • Alexis Visotcky
  • Anjishnu Banerjee
  • Onur Asan
  • Emmanuel Tavares
  • Amrita Rao
  • Megan LaCroix
  • Kate Krause
  • Joan Neuner
  • Melinda Stolley
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Abstract

Community-academic partnerships are vital to address cancer disparities in geographic areas with diverse socioeconomic, language, and cultural barriers. Regarding breast health, immigrant and refugee women are a particularly vulnerable population, with considerably lower mammography rates than most communities, including racial and ethnic minorities. To promote health care equity in this high-risk population, we developed a community-academic partnership (CAP) model to promote breast health education at community faith-based centers in the city of Milwaukee, WI. In this paper, we describe the success of our partnerships, our lessons learned, and future directions.

Keywords

Community-academic partnership Community education Breast cancer Cancer disparities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sailaja Kamaraju
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Olson
    • 2
  • Melissa DeNomie
    • 3
  • Alexis Visotcky
    • 2
  • Anjishnu Banerjee
    • 2
  • Onur Asan
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Tavares
    • 4
  • Amrita Rao
    • 4
  • Megan LaCroix
    • 4
  • Kate Krause
    • 5
  • Joan Neuner
    • 1
  • Melinda Stolley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Health and EquityMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family and Community MedicineMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  4. 4.Medical SchoolMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  5. 5.Massachusettes General HospitalBostonUSA

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