Research Mentor(s): Tsu-Yin Wu, Director and Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 10
Breast and cervical cancer disparities are growing issues among Michigan’s Asian American communities due to various barriers. Early detection and screening play an essential role in decreasing cancer morbidity and mortality, nevertheless, Asian American women are less likely to receive pap smears and mammograms due to language, cultural, socioeconomic, and healthcare access barriers. This reveals the pressing need for services tailored for ethnic groups to increase breast and cervical cancer screening for Asian American (AA) women in Western Michigan regions. The purpose of this study was to explore and compare the differences in perceived barriers for breast and cervical cancer screening and study the roles bilingual community health workers play in facilitating three Asian American groups. Specifically, our study includes Chinese, Vietnamese, and Nepali patients in Western Michigan enrolling in the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BC3NP). Research Questions are 1. What are the major barriers related to receiving breast and cervical cancer screening among AA women? and 2. What are the roles that bilingual community health workers in Western Michigan have in facilitating women’s enrollment into the Michigan BC3NP. Tracking form that measures demographic including insurance status, age, as well as screening status and results, will be collected. The results and conclusion of the survey are yet to be determined. The results will yield evidence-based recommendations to effectively promote breast and cervical cancer screening among AA women in Western Michigan, ultimately increasing screening rates in this population.