A Su Salud: A Quasi-experimental Study among Mexican American Women

Maria Eugenia Fernández-Esquer, Paula Espinoza, Isabel Torres, Amelie G. Ramirez, Alfred L. McAlister

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Objectives: To test the effectiveness of a community intervention program to promote breast and cervical cancer screening. Method: Low-income Mexican American neighborhoods located in 2 Texas cities were assigned to intervention or comparison conditions. A 2-year community intervention was delivered via local mass media and reinforced by indigenous volunteers. Results: There were higher Pap smear completion rates for women under 40 years of age in the intervention community. Conclusion: Although it is important to address the cultural needs of all Mexican American women, it is also important to understand the tangible environmental barriers faced by the older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-545
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer screening
  • Community intervention
  • Latinas
  • Mexican Americans
  • Quasi-experimental study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology


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