Helping African American women overcome barriers to timely cervical cancer care
African American women in the United States continue to be disproportionately burdened by cervical cancer, with an incidence rate that is 41% higher than white women. Black women are also twice as likely to die from the disease. And yet, it does not have to be this way. Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers where widespread screening (and proper follow-up) can eliminate most new cases. The goal of this project is to help African American women overcome systemic, provider, and personal barriers that impede timely screenings and diagnostics in cervical cancer care. This project is developing a smartphone intervention that is theory-based, targeted, tailored, and personalized. In clinics without established patient navigation services, the proposed intervention could be used as a stand-alone product. Alternatively, it could be integrated into existing cancer-related patient navigation to further augment these services.