Nebraska has one of the highest numbers of refugees per capita in the U.S. A high number of Somalis have resettled in Nebraska due to job opportunities and the low cost of living. In this paper, we report the process and the results of a cervical and breast cancer education program for Somali women conducted through a collaboration among public health, academia, and community entities. The curriculum was built to be suitable for the literacy level and cultural values of this community. Topics include female reproductive anatomy; breast and cervical cancer knowledge and screening; hepatitis C and liver cancer; and preparing for a health screening visit. Two community members trained as lay health workers conducted a pilot and an actual education session. The 2-day education program was attended by 52 women. Qualitative data showed the intervention to be promising for this and other African refugee populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-936
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Cancer
  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Education
  • Health disparities
  • Refugee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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