Implementation of mass media community health education: The forsyth county cervical cancer prevention project

Mark Dignan, Judy Bahnson, Penny Sharp, Pheon Beal, Marie Smith, Robert Michielutte

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The Forsyth County Cervical Cancer Prevention Project (FCP) is a community-based health education project funded by the National Cancer Institute. The target population includes around 25 000 black women age 18 and older who reside in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The overall goal of the program is to prevent mortality from cervical cancer by promoting Pap smears and return for follow-up care when needed. Based on the principles of social marketing, a plan to reach the target population with mass media educational messages through electronic and print channels was developed. Guided by marketing objectives, the target population was divided into relatively discrete segments. The segments included church attenders, patients in waiting rooms of public and selected health providers, female students at local colleges, shoppers, viewers of radio and television, newspaper readers, and business owners and managers. Introduction of the program was based on strategies developed for reaching the target population in each segment with television, radio and print mass media messages. Qualitative assessment of the mass media developed by the program indicated that all forms of communication helped to increase awareness of the program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Education Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991

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Funding Information:
Supported by the National Cancer Institute Contract no. N01-CN-65034

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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