Increase Immigrant Screening
Different populations experience disimilar disease burdens and diverse health outcomes, known as health disparities. There is a growing immigrant and refugee population in Maine due to the fact that the 12th largest refugee resettlement center in the nation is located in the City of Portland. The three largest groups of these immigrants are the Somolis, Hispanics, and Arabic-speaking refugees. Many of these people do not speak or read English proficiently, if at all, and the idea of preventive care is thought to be new to them and not given much importance in their everyday lives.
To address an identified need for appropriate cancer education materials that emphasize the importance of prevention and screening for members of immigrant and refugee populations, we proposed to identify, test, and adapt educational materials in Somali, Spanish, and Arabic that focus on the importance of screening for breast and cervical cancer.