The Juntos Contra el Cáncer (United against Cancer) program is a bilingual, culturally-tailored, interactive, group-based intervention targeting individuals not up-to-date with cancer screening. The purpose of the program is to improve cancer screening rates among individuals in Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, and nearby areas. We are providing workshops to raise awareness and knowledge on cancer prevention and linking community members with a Federally Qualified Health Center for screenings. All planned workshops are held at local organizations (e.g. public libraries, community centers, schools) and are free of charge. The goals of the program are to:
- Increase participation in screening and diagnostic follow up for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among primarily Latino communities.
- Link a promotor-led cancer screening intervention with patient navigation to improve screening rates.
- Optimize complete diagnostic evaluation of abnormal breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening tests through implementation of evidence-based best practices
- Disseminate best practices for cancer prevention and control through a Community Health Educator (CHE).
The Partnership's primary community partner is Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. FHCSD is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Southern California providing primary care, dental, pediatric, mental health and other services to over 155,000 individuals each year through 35 health centers throughout San Diego County.