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PO Box 12016, Gainesville, FL 32604

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2013 Rural Health Award


Project Partners: Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County, FL, Alianza de Mujeres Activas. Fl. Lake County Community Health Worker Program, FL, North Central Kentucky Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), KY

Creando nuestra Salud

Informing, Modeling and Practicing Early Breast Cancer Detection

Many Hispanic women are neither taught, nor practice the breast self-exam.  As early detection is critical to survival, sharing messages about breast health is of vital importance. The foundation of our breast health education is reinforcing the importance of early breast cancer detection through the breast self-exams (BSE) and clinical examinations, and modeling instructions to the BSE and encouraging regular detection screenings.

The Creando  Program

In the past five years, Creando Nuestra Salud has trained over 150 lay-health workers to use interactive teaching tools and fotonovelas to empower women to practice early breast cancer detection activities (breast self-exam, clinical visits and mammograms). By September 2011, over 2400 women had received one-on-one trainings as a result of the lay-health worker program.

Creando Nuestra Salud is a shining example of a community-based health project. This breast health project grew out of the needs identified by Alianza de Mujeres Activas (AMA) in Central Florida. With funding from the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation, the Central Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society, the RWHP has worked with rural communities throughout Florida and Central Kentucky in the development, evaluation and distribution of these materials. Read more  

The Print Materials

Follow the guidance and warm advice from Hispanic women in El Susto de Marta (Marta’s Scare) and Lo Que Dicen Mis Amigas Sobre El Cáncer Del Seno (What My Friends Say About Breast Cancer), two fotonovelas that emphasize early detection and include instructions for the BSE.

View the Creando fotonovelas  

Early Breast Cancer Detection Curriculum

Creando Nuestra Salud is a curriculum, which can be implemented in new and existing lay-health worker programs. The curriculum includes the lay-health worker training, activities, lists of materials, contact forms, resources and outreach activity packets to support the lay-health worker’s community education.

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Learn more about Creando Nuestra Salud

Click on the images below to view the CNS Promotores in training