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Faith Moves Mountains: An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

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Abstract:

Objective : To provide a conceptual description of Faith Moves Mountains (FMM), an intervention designed to reduce the disproportionate burden of cervical cancer among Appalachian women.

Methods : FMM, a community-based participatory research program designed and implemented in collaboration with churches in rural, southeastern Kentucky, aims to increase cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) through a multiphase process of educational programming and lay health counseling.

Results : We provide a conceptual overview to key elements of the intervention, including programmatic development, theoretical basis, intervention approach and implementation, and evaluation procedures.

Conclusions : After numerous modifications, FMM has recruited and retained over 400 women, 30 churches, and has become a change agent in the community.

Keywords: Appalachia; cervical cancer; interventions; rural

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.33.6.1

Affiliations: 1 Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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