The development of a community action plan to reduce breast and cervical cancer disparities between African-American and White women.

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this project was to establish a coalition of academic, state, and community-based organizations to develop a community action plan (CAP) to eliminate breast and cervical cancer morbidity and mortality disparities between African-American (AA) and Caucasian women. The project targeted rural and urban low-income AA women in Alabama. Based on the logic model, community capacity building was implemented, followed by the development of a community-driven CAP. For community capacity building, a coalition comprising 12 organizations was established, and a network of 84 community volunteers was formed. Community needs assessments identified 3 levels of barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening: 1) individual, 2) community systems, and 3) healthcare provider. Based on these findings, a community-driven CAP was developed. Our results indicate that a coalition of diverse organizations can partner and develop CAPs to improve the health of their communities.
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  • Adult, African Americans, Alabama, Breast Neoplasms, Community Health Planning, Female, Focus Groups, Health Care Coalitions, Health Services Accessibility, Healthy People Programs, Humans, Models, Organizational, Needs Assessment, Quality of Health Care, Socioeconomic Factors, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Whites
  • Author List

  • Fouad MN; Nagy MC; Johnson RE; Wynn TA; Partridge EE; Dignan M
  • Start Page

  • S53
  • End Page

  • S60
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 3 Suppl 1