Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 26(2) July 2023 : 17-23.doi:10.12927/hcq.2023.27143
Support for Equity-Deserving Populations

Creating Health Equity in Cancer Screening: Developing Outreach Strategies for Under-Screened Populations through Community Engagement

Célina Boothby, Kara Patterson, Shainur Premji, Rachel Talavlikar, Samina Khan, Sneha Sebastian, Michael R. Youssef and Huiming Yang


Inequities in cancer screening were identified in Calgary, AB, by correlating low screening participation with higher material deprivation. This initiative sought to understand awareness of and barriers to breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening to inform the co-design and implementation of an outreach strategy to increase screening awareness. Online focus groups with community members (n = 69) identified five themes, and interviews with community health workers (n = 21) identified four themes. The engagement phase led to a multi-component outreach strategy including a multilingual video series, a media campaign leveraging partner channels and a health worker information package with resources to assist with hosting community-based education sessions.



Be the first to comment on this!

Note: Please enter a display name. Your email address will not be publically displayed