Health Disparities Info Outreach: Somali Mammogram Screening
The Somali Mammogram Screening Education Project will develop new health education materials for Somali patients, their care providers and community members, including a web-based narrated video slideshow in Somali language which will explain and promote mammogram screening in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways. A healthcare provider?s guide -- including specific information about disparities in mammogram screening rates of Somali women and cultural and health system factors that may influence or be barriers to screening -- will be developed to accompany the video. The guide will include explanation of why the video was created and relay themes relevant to educating Somali patients about mammogram screening. Recommendations for using the patient education slideshow will be made and sample scripts/talking points will be shared to aid provider communication with Somali women at time of a first screening mammogram. The guide will seek also to highlight successful programs/interventions used by other health care institutions in efforts to address this health disparity. The goal of the project is to produce and disseminate linguistically and culturally appropriate educational materials for health care providers and patients, to understand barriers and factors of success related to Somali women getting mammograms, and to increase mammogram rates in the target population.