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Cervical Cancer Awareness Project 2006

Educational programs & materials compiled through collaboration of the:

Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati & Cincinnati Tristate Oncology Nursing Society

Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati Tri-state ONS was chosen to collaborate with the Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati We received a $750 National ONS grant to fund the project

Purpose of the Project: To help women take an active role in their health care. Background for this Project: 9,710 cases of Cervical Cancer were diagnosed in 2006. Cervical cancer occurrence is nearly twice as high for minority women. 3,700 women died in the US and 500,000 women died worldwide from Cervical Cancer in 2006.

Jennifer Pearce & Barb Henry Project Co-Coordinators

After initial phone calls and emails, project planning officially began when Barb & Jennifer met on July 2, 2006 A powerpoint presentation was developed as well as handouts to be distributed at various venues. Resources were collected from the Gynecological Cancer Foundation, Womens Cancer Network, the American Cancer Society, & local Cervical Cancer nursing professionals. These included a list of clinics in the Greater Cincinnati area that perform pap smears and pelvic exams for no or low cost. A poster and handouts were developed from the powerpoint presentation.

On July 10th, 2006 BNAGC & CHMC sponsored a workshop: The Big C Cervical Cancer can become The Big C Cure

Presented by Dr. Marva Mizell Price from Duke University

On July 28th 2006, Barb Henry, Jennifer Pearce, BJ Kosak, and Anita Covington presented the program to 19 women at the Alternative Interventions For Women Chemical Dependency Treatment Program at Court Clinic on 900 Sycamore in Cincinnati OH.

On August 1st, 2006, Jennifer Pearce, BJ Kosak, and Anita Covington presented the program to 22 women at Crossroads Chemical Dependency Treatment Program at 311 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cincinnati OH.
Crossroads Patient Characteristics Patient Throughput: 3005 adult clients per year Sex: 59% Male; 41% Female Race: 72.2% African Americans, 28% Caucasian Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis: 43% Primary Drugs of Choice: Cocaine 37%, Marijuana 31%, Alcohol 37%, Opiates 1%, Barbiturates 1% (2000 statistics)

On August 19th & 20th 2006, Jennifer Pearce, Barb Henry, Deb Heidrich, Jackie Silas, Marla Skoog-Prues, Rhonda Robinson, Annette Lavendar, Arleen Schuman, BJ Kosak, Joan Beckam, Carol Amfahr, Jackie Gibbs, Barb Johnson, Sue Partusch, Sandra Lynch, Glenna Jane Kingsley, Sarah Godfrey, and Anita Covington presented educational materials at the Black Family Reunion in Cincinnati OH.

Marla Skoog-Prues, Barb Henry& Deb Heidrich at BFR Educational Booth

Over 500 educational handouts and 300 Pledge to Prevent Cervical Cancer Bracelets along with free bottled water were handed out by volunteers

Jennifer Pearce, Sandra Lynch, Carol Amfahr, & Barb Johnson

Sue Partusch, Jackie Gibbs & Barb with Project Poster & Curriculum

At each of these presentations, the nurses delivered the educational materials in a fashion that best suited the needs of the women involved. There were questions & answers, exchange of experiences about pap smear testing, procedures for precancerous cells, HPV, healthy lifestyle changes, & other health information. As a result of these nursing interventions, many women who had not had pelvic exams or pap smears in the past year pledged to make appointments. Word was spread by these women to other women promoting annual cervical cancer screening to prevent cervical cancer.

Some of the Project Curriculum

What is the female reproductive tract?

Vulva Vagina Cervix Uterus Fallopian tubes Ovaries

What is the cervix?

Opening of the uterus (womb) into the vagina
Cervical cancer tends to occur where the cell lining of the vagina and cells inside the cervix meet

Source: TAP Pharmaceuticals, Female Reproductive Systems.

Who is at risk? Women who:

have had sex have been exposed to HPV give birth to many children have multiple sex partners have other sexually transmitted diseases have 1st sexual intercourse at a young age smoke cigarettes use oral contraceptive (the pill)

What can I do to protect myself?

Ask your doctor how often you should have a Pap test Make sure that you get a Pap test at the recommended time Find out how and when you will learn about the results of your Pap test Follow-up! Dont assume that no news is good news Do not smoke

Cervical Cancer Prevention & Screening Resources


http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm http://www.cervicalcancercampaign.org/present.aspx

Area clinics that offer free or low cost cervical cancer screening & pap tests are on the back of your handout
Cincinnati Department of Health 3101 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229 PH: (513) 357-7200

Cervical Cancer Awareness Project 2006 lives on after Project Completion

Project Poster and handouts were used by BGNAC member at the Avondale Health Fair Project Poster & handouts will be used at a CTC-ONS member church health fair All members of CTC-ONS & BNAGC are invited to use project materials at similar events and in work settings in the future

Thanks to National ONS for the grant.

Thanks to Vitas, Celgene, and Novartis for bottled water donations for the Black Family Reunion.
Thanks to the volunteers and others who supported the project.