Developing community-academic partnerships to enhance breast health among rural and Hispanic migrant and seasonal farmworker women

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2001 Nov-Dec;28(10):1577-84.


Purpose/objectives: To examine effective strategies for building community-academic partnerships for the promotion of breast cancer education and outreach among rural and Hispanic migrant and seasonal farmworker women, mostly from Mexican descent.

Data sources: Published research and education articles and books, community-education models, personal experiences, and community key informant feedback.

Data synthesis: Effective community partnerships for enhanced education and outreach include a framework based on a network of partners with common goals, communication processes based on trust, and bilingual/bicultural and culturally competent staff.

Conclusions: A sustainable community partnership can be achieved through systematic but flexible approaches to community planning. Involvement of community members in the development and implementation of education and screening activities helps ensure that community needs are met. Relationships based on mutual respect are key.

Implications for nursing practice: Nurses can act as catalysts through community capacity building to create community-academic partnerships to reach medically underserved populations with cancer screening, outreach, and education through the delivery of strategies that are based on common goals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes / organization & administration*
  • Breast Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Cancer Care Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Hispanic or Latino / education*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration
  • Models, Organizational
  • Nurse's Role
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Transients and Migrants / education*
  • Women's Health Services / organization & administration*