Increasing mammography screening among African American women in rural areas

Mary Edith Powell, Vivian Carter, Eunice Bonsi, Gwedolyn Johnson, Licia Williams, Lucile Taylor-Smith, Pamela C. Hull, Van A. Cain, Baqar A. Husaini

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a church-based breast cancer screening education program on mammography attainment by African American women 40 years old and older in rural Alabama. The sample consisted of 192 women who volunteered to participate in the study through 13 African American churches in a rural, economically-depressed Alabama county. The design was quasi-experimental and had some features of community-based participatory research. Churches were randomly assigned to three groups (full program, partial program and control). The full program (group educational session plus an in-home visit from a Home Health Educator) positively affected mammography attainment (38% increase from baseline to Time 2). In addition, barriers to mammography attainment were reduced for women who had not obtained a mammogram by follow-up. Community-based participatory projects in collaboration with churches and cooperative extension programs have the potential to reduce racial disparities in breast cancer in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number4 SUPPL. A
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • African American
  • Breast cancer
  • Disparities
  • Mammography
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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