St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP)

Connecting Never/Rarely Screened Women To Mammography Via Kiosks and Navigators

Principle Investigator
Mary Politi, PhD

Co-Principle Investigator
Matthew Krueter, PhD, MPH

Principle Investigator of the Community Partner
Sherrill Jackson, RN, CPNP, MSA

Program Description and Goals
The overall study goal is to better understand how to efficiently identify women who will benefit most from mammography, connect them to existing services and help them navigate the screening process. Research suggests that successful approaches to increasing use of mammography among rarely and never screened women must first identify these women, next address and remove barriers that keep them from seeking screening, and finally, enhance their access to screening.

Following this model, we propose to:

  1. Assess the feasibility of using touch-screen, interactive computer kiosks to identify never- and rarely-screened women in Food Stamps and Low Income Energy Assistance programs and deliver an evidenced-based behavioral intervention;
  2. Connect rarely and never screened women identified by kiosks to BCI Breast Buddies for personalized navigation and support to help remove structural barriers to obtaining a mammogram;
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness, reach and acceptability of the joint kiosk/Breast Buddy intervention at increasing use of mammography among rarely- and never- screened women.

Expected outcomes include improvements in breast cancer related knowledge, beliefs and barriers among these women and changes in the number of women referred to mammography that make and keep appointments.

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