Pilot Project I
Pilot Project I: An Intervention to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Pacific Islanders Living in Guam (GU) and Hawaii (HI), by Lilnabeth Somera (UOG), Ana Joy Mendez (UOG) and Neal Palofox (UHCC). This project’s aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based SMS strategies to increase cervical cancer screening rates in underserved Pacific Islander populations who have migrated to GU and HI within the last 5 years.
The Cervical Cancer Screening Pilot Study is a three-year hypothesis-driven research project aimed at decreasing cervical cancer screening disparities in Chuukese and Marshallese Pacific Islander women. This group of women has among the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world.
The project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based SMS strategies to increase cervical cancer screening rates in underserved Pacific Islander populations who have migrated to Guam and Hawaii within the last five years. The research team is currently developing SMS messaging materials encouraging cervical cancer screening in three languages: English, Chuukese and Marshallese and will soon implement a randomized delayed control intervention to assess the effectiveness of SMS to increase completion of cervical cancer screening among the target populations.
The Cervical Cancer Screening project team is composed of Dr. Lilnabeth P. Somera (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Ana Joy Mendez ( Co-Investigator), and Jiana Salas (Research Associate).