Dr. Maher El-MasriFaculty of Nursing, University of Windsor
Exploring the impact of implementing a community-based outreach and navigation cancer prevention and screening program on the uptake of cancer screening in immigrant communities
Co-Investigators and Collaborators:
EVIDENCE OF PROGRESSThe purpose of this project is to raise awareness of colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer, while guiding new immigrants in Windsor through their recommended cancer screening tests. The project has two primary goals. First, it aims to provide relevant information regarding the importance of cancer screening among underserved communities in Windsor, particularly the Arabic speaking community. Secondly, through Healthy Bodies Healthy Souls, the team seeks to gather empirical data that may shed light on the primary factors that affect an immigrant patient’s decision to screen for cancer, and the various barriers that may exist in doing so.
The project encompasses four aspects: community outreach, one-on-one patient navigation, involvement with primary care clinics, and engagement with Ontario cancer screening programs. To date, the project team has tracked and continues to monitor screening uptake at local clinic Windsor Medical Centre (using Screening Activity Reports), continuously hosts various community educational sessions raising awareness and recruiting eligible participants and ensures patients who complete screenings receive adequate follow-up and treatment.
This has required networking with various community centres around the city to determine individuals who are overdue for cancer screening, and recruiting willing participants to the study through organizations such as Windsor’s local chapter of the YMCA, the Multicultural Canadian Council (MCC), Al-Hijra Mosque, Dominion Mosque, Rose City Islamic Centre (RCIC), and Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women (W5).
Over the past six months, the following activities were completed:
The goals of the program for the upcoming 2015/2016 year are as follow:
Our goal is to provide education opportunities to as many people as possible and to successfully navigate over 200 individuals through the appropriate cancer screening programs.