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Nearly 8 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. However, powerful screening tools exist that enable us to detect and manage cervical changes before they develop into cervical cancer. In spite of this, cervical cancer screening rates remain low for many providers. This public health project sought to identify and address a cause for low cervical cancer screening rates within the Hudson Headwaters Health Network. A literature review determined that education and mailed invitation letters were proven methods for improving cervical cancer screening rates. Following a review of the local population demographics, West Mountain Health Center within the Hudson Headwaters Health Network was targeted for a mailing campaign. The letter provided education about cervical cancer and an invitation for screening. This letter was mailed to 1075 eligible patients, with intent to compare the screening rates among patients who received this letter with screening rates among patients from previous years.
West Mountain Health Center, Building 2
cervical cancer, screening, pap smear, public health, quality improvement, New York, Glens Falls, Hudson Headwaters Health Network
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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Medical Education | Neoplasms | Primary Care | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health
Gookin, Dylon K., "Quality Improvement: Cervical Cancer Screening Rates within Hudson Headwaters Health Network" (2019). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 479.