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Step 1: Innovative cancer education.
Step 2: Cancer screening.
Step 3: Catching cancer at early, treatable stages.
That’s the life-saving idea behind Salud San Antonio!, a new $2 million research project led by Dr. Cynthia Mojica, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Salud San Antonio! will partner with several community groups and employ community health workers—also known as promotoras—to teach Latinos in low-income, health-problematic areas on the city’s West and South sides about breast, cervical and colorectal cancer and the benefits of cancer screening.
After promotoras teach, they’ll refer Latinos for cancer screening and even help with travel to appointments, interpreting medical forms and more.
“This project can help detect cancer at early, more treatable stages by helping Latinos get screened who otherwise wouldn’t because of lack of money, transportation, health insurance, or knowledge of the health system,” Mojica said.
Read more about this project here.
Watch a video here or below to see Dr. Mojica talk about the pilot study that led up to her newest grant aimed to improve Latino cancer screening rates.
On Friday, April 23, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Migrant Clinicians Network and Ventanilla de Salud are hosting a free, all-day training for community health workers at St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas.
The LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Training provides community health workers, often known as promotores in Latino communities, the tools and strategies to promote cancer survivors to keep track of their physical, day-to-day, and emotional concerns of cancer survivorship.
Workshops will be taught in English and Spanish.
Space is limited, so reservations are required and provided on a first come first serve basis. For a reservation, contact Annie Crawford at 512-478-2866, ext. 117, or firstname.lastname@example.org.