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Call for Participation--Community based Solutions for Cervical Cancer Screening, Access Alliance

Access Alliance is excited to be leading a new research project titled Community based Solutions for Cervical Cancer Screening. The key goal of this study is to investigate the role of community-based and culturally-tailored health education workshops/material in improving immigrant women's knowledge and use of cervical cancer screening services.

For this pilot phase of the study, we are focusing on immigrant women from Somali community in Toronto to better understand culturally/locally specific factors that affect cervical cancer screening. We plan to use the results from this study to improve knowledge and access to cancer screening for immigrant communities living in low-income neighbourhoods.

This phase of our project has received funding from Women's College Hospital's Women's Xchange $15K Challenge.


The key partners in this project include Rexdale Community Health Centre and Dr Aisha Lofters (St Michael's Hospital). In line with community based research, we are engaging two community leaders from Somali community, Hareda Mohamud and Maryan Barre, as peer researchers in the project.

Project Status and Data Collection:

We are currently rolling out data collection and are looking for

a)     Service Providers/ Healthcare providers/workers for a Service Provider Focus Group. We want to capture service provider perspectives on barriers to preventative screening and their suggestions for solutions. This would be 2 hours long, at Access Alliance College location, 340 College Street West. Date TBD.

b)      Somali women ages 21-35 to participate in a Focus group. Focus group is a guided discussion that will be 2 hours long. TTC tokens will be provided, a $20 honorarium and light refreshments. Date TBD.

If you are interested in participating in this project, and/or for more information, please contact Sehr Athar, Project Coordinator, at 416.324.8677 x285 or