The development of a brief jail-based cervical health promotion intervention

Health Promot Pract. 2015 May;16(3):432-42. doi: 10.1177/1524839914541658. Epub 2014 Jul 25.


The primary objective of this article was to describe the development and pilot implementation of a brief jail-based cervical health promotion intervention. The intervention was guided by a preliminary study of incarcerated women's cervical health knowledge, awareness, and health literacy, as well as a social and feminist approach to intervention development. We developed and conducted a pilot implementation of the Sexual Health Empowerment Project to increase cervical health knowledge, reduce barriers related to beliefs about cervical cancer, and improve self-efficacy and confidence in navigating health systems. This article offers a framework for how empirically and theory-based interventions are developed and tailored for a jail setting. Future work should include the evaluation of the long-term effects of such a disease-specific program on health behaviors and outcomes among high-risk and vulnerable groups of women as they leave jails and enter communities.

Keywords: cancer prevention and control; cervical cancer; health disparities; health promotion; minority health; women’s health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prisoners / education
  • Prisons* / organization & administration
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Reproductive Health / education
  • Self Efficacy
  • Uterine Cervical Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control