Addressing Disparities: The Alliance Breast Cancer Community-Based Program for Hispanic Women

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Abstract

Background:

The Alliance Breast Cancer (ABC) program is a community-based initiative devel-oped and implemented to address the needs of Hispanic women faced with a cancer diagnosis or cancer survivorship issues.

Objectives:

This article evaluates the effectiveness of a community effort to address breast cancer-related disparities among Hispanic women.

Methods:

Nurse scientists collaborated with program staff to conduct a systematic five-year program evaluation. Data sources included monthly and annual reports, participant tracking databases, and an annual satisfaction survey.

Findings:

Hispanic breast cancer survivors who participated in the program expressed feeling very satisfied with the services and believe that it addresses the specific barriers faced by this population. The ABC program serves as a best practice example to other communities forging partnerships to address health disparities and community needs in a culturally tailored manner.

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