A community-driven action plan to eliminate breast and cervical cancer disparity: successes and limitations.

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  • BACKGROUND: The objective of Alabama Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health 2010 is to implement and evaluate a community action plan (CAP) developed by a diverse coalition to reduce breast and cervical cancer screening disparities between African American and White women. METHODS: The CAP entailed (1) establishing a core working group (CWG) in each county, (2) training CWG members to promote screenings, and (3) providing coalition members with technical assistance to write mini-grants. RESULTS: Overall, 241 CWG members were trained. They have conducted 2800 cancer screening surveys. A total of 8 coalition members received mini-grants. CONCLUSION: Community capacity building can lead to a sense of ownership and empowerment.
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  • Adult, African Americans, Aged, Alabama, Breast Neoplasms, Community Health Planning, Community Health Workers, Community Participation, Community-Institutional Relations, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Health Care Coalitions, Health Education, Health Priorities, Health Promotion, Humans, Mammography, Middle Aged, Rural Population, Urban Population, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Vaginal Smears, Women's Health
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  • Fouad MN; Partridge E; Dignan M; Holt C; Johnson R; Nagy C; Parham G; Person S; Scarinci I; Wynn T
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  • S91
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  • 100
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  • 21
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