Jayne Knoff

Assessing Cervical Cancer Screening Practices among Hispanic Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers of Michigan

Deaths from cervical cancer are highly preventable through routine screening by the Papanicolaou (Pap) test along with follow-up of abnormal results. Despite this, Pap tests are disproportionately underutilized by minorities in Michigan, especially by Hispanics. It is expected that the Hispanic migrant and seasonal farm worker population of Michigan will underutilize this cervical cancer screening even more severely than the state’s Hispanic population in general due to augmented barriers to health care. The objective of this study is to elucidate cervical cancer screening behaviors and beliefs among Hispanic migrant and seasonal farm workers in Michigan. Assessing the knowledge and attitudes of this likely high risk group of women will provide insight into the screening behaviors of many female migrant farmers and highlight specific focal points to be addressed in targeted interventions.

A questionnaire will be administered to established and potential patients of Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc (NMHSI, a Federally Qualified Health Center) addressing attitudes, motives and barriers to cervical cancer screening as well as previous screening behaviors. The questionnaire is expected to be offered to at least 200 women, greater than 90% of which are expected to be less than 40 years old.

It is expected that women who are of migrant status, less acculturated, experience more perceived barriers to healthcare, have less knowledge of HPV and have not previously received care from NMHSI will be less likely to have had Pap tests done within the last three years.

About Jayne
Jayne Knoff is from Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2012 with a MPH in General Epidemiology.