Date of Graduation

Winter 12-1-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Zahra Goliaei


Despite effective methods to help detect and prevent cervical cancer, it remains the fourth most common type of cancer impacting women worldwide. Screening practices have significantly decreased the incidence and mortality from cervical cancer; however, Hispanic women continue to experience a much higher incidence compared to their non-Hispanic female counterparts. Screenings are often offered to women with regular access to healthcare who encounter far less barriers to access, such as language, culture, and overall knowledge about the disease. This paper used a qualitative approach which used social-ecological model (SEM) to examine some of the existing evidence-based interventions that aim to address the cervical cancer screening rates among Hispanic women. Evidence suggests that in order to increase cervical cancer screenings among Hispanic women, barriers must be addressed through culturally sensitive, language-specific, and community-centered approaches that reach women on multiple levels, build a bridge between health systems and the community, and create sustainable impacts. The combination of these approaches offers a holistic approach to address the physical, mental, emotional, social and cultural needs of this population. Knowledge gained from this research can be utilized to develop solutions through a multi-faceted approach and can be applied to health systems serving underserved Hispanic communities across the United States.

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