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Purpose: Breast cancer poses a significant health risk globally, with routine screenings pivotal for early detection. The New American population in Vermont face many barriers to accessing mammogram screenings and have a 0% participation rate in breast cancer screening, thus necessitating targeted interventions. The purpose of this project was to improve mammogram participation among New Americans by at least 15% by January 2024.

Methods: The intervention at a New American clinic included an educational infographic presented during initial health center visits, supplemented by tangible pamphlets. Patient understanding was assessed through teach-back questions. Appointment scheduling was facilitated during the visit, with reminder cards provided. The project's analytical methods involved descriptive statistics, utilizing demographic data (age, ethnicity, language, education) which identified potential disparities influencing screening behaviors.

Results: 83% of participants (n=6) proactively scheduled mammogram appointments, supported by reminder cards. Visual representations highlight demographic characteristics impacting screening engagement. The results of the project support the effectiveness of the tailored interventions.

Conclusions: The project underscored the effectiveness of targeted strategies to address healthcare disparities within New American communities. The proactive role of graphic educational materials was emphasized in empowering patients to engage actively in their healthcare decisions. Despite limitations related to clinic constraints, the project surpassed its primary aim. Implications for practice include adopting tailored interventions and comprehensive healthcare strategies for diverse populations, emphasizing patient empowerment, and increasing accessibility. Further projects should explore the scalability and sustainability of similar interventions in diverse healthcare settings.

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