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BACKGROUND Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer incidence and mortality among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women in the United States. Hmong women are among those at the highest risk for health problems, due to high rates of poverty, language isolation, and cultural barriers. METHOD One-on-one survey interviews were completed with(More)
BACKGROUND Electronic media have demonstrated efficacy in increasing knowledge and promoting health-protective behavior among individuals at high risk for chronic disease. In "Stimulating Cancer Screening among Women of Color through Video" (A. K. Yancey and L. Walden, 1994, J Cancer Educ 9:46-52) the development of a cost-effective documentary format for(More)
BACKGROUND Addressing cancer health disparities constitutes a national priority in this country, with funding for Pacific Islander efforts initiated 7 years ago by the National Cancer Institute. In 2005, the Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (WINCART) was launched in Southern California by a collaboration of community(More)
OBJECTIVES We used a community-based research approach to test a culturally based breast cancer screening program among low-income Hmong women in central and southern California. METHODS We designed a culturally informed educational program with measures at baseline and 1-year follow-up in 2 intervention cities and 1 comparison city. Measures included(More)
OBJECTIVE Breast cancer is the most common cancer for many Pacific Islander American populations, but virtually nothing is known about the cancer risks and screening behaviors of many specific ethnic subgroups. This paper examines the breast cancer risk, knowledge, attitudes, and screening behaviors of Tongan-American women. DESIGN Research activities(More)
Data on tobacco use among the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) population remain limited, although existing studies indicate that tobacco use prevalence among males from specific AAPI groups is significantly higher than in the general US male population. This high prevalence of tobacco use and the disparities in use result from social norms, targeted(More)
OBJECTIVES Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer for Thai women in Thailand, but little is known about the cancer screening practices of Thai immigrants in the United States. This study explores factors that influence cervical cancer screening behavior among Thai women in California. METHODS In 2003, face-to-face interviews were conducted in(More)
Southeast Asian women in California have high cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates, but low levels of Pap screening. No published reports have addressed screening among Thai women. Entertainment-education (EE) is a useful strategy for low-literacy, culturally diverse populations. This quasi-experimental study determined whether a soap-opera-themed,(More)
Asian Pacific Islander (API) elderly represent the fastest growing group of ethnic elderly in the United States, yet their social and health needs remain little understood in the field of ethnogerontology. Existing literature generally portrays API elderly as in equal or better health compared to whites. However, aggregate API data cloud the bimodal(More)
Cancer is the number one cause of death for Asian American women, yet they have the lowest rates of cancer screening. Contributing factors, particularly for Hmong women, include the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate educational interventions. This study aimed to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate intervention to improve the(More)