Grant ID PP230038
Awarded On February 15, 2023
Title Salud en Mis Manos (SEMM): An Evidence-Based Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program for Underserved Latinas.
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Cancer Screening and Early Detection
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Lara Savas
Cancer Sites Breast, Cervix Uteri, HPV-related
Contracted Amount $2,499,492
Lay Summary

Need: Medically underserved Latinas have underutilized breast and cervical (B&C) cancer screenings and HPV vaccination due to an intersection of personal and structural barriers (e.g. knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about screening, access preventive healthcare services, or transportation). According to the 2020 Census, Texas is the leading state of uninsured people (17.5% vs. 8.6% across the US). Uninsured women experience significant disparities in B&C cancer screening, largely due to the salient role private health insurance plays in providing preventive healthcare. From 2014-2018, in Texas, uninsured women compared with insured women had much lower screening completion rates for both m...

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