South Florida Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (SUCCESS)

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This center is funded by the National Cancer Institute to address disparity in cervical cancer, grounded in the tenets of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and translational in orientation. Researchers are examining three different methods of cervical cancer screenings to determine which of them most encourages women to engage in adequate cervical cancer screening. Community Health Workers (CHWs), indigenous to the target communities, are paired with a self-sampling device that enables women to test for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the principal cause of cervical cancer, in the privacy of their own homes. Prior to this study, most initiatives incorporating self-sampling were clinic based, limiting the potential impact of this innovation to women without structural, cultural or access barriers to disease prevention. All participants who test positive for HPV are navigated to timely and appropriate follow up care. Dr. Erin Kobetz-Kerman and Olveen Carrasquillo lead this center.