While cervical cancer is a preventable disease through primary and secondary prevention strategies, such as vaccinations against the human papillomavirus – the principal cause of cervical cancer – and routine screening for cervical cancer, Haiti has among the highest cervical cancer burden in the world. According to Ms. Rhoda Moise, a soon-to-be graduate of the PhD in Prevention Science and Community Health program at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, Haitian women may face multiple barriers to disease prevention, as knowledge on preventive measures and access to care are limited on the island.
Dr. Moise focused and recently defended her dissertation on the topic. She completed three papers that investigated the relationship between the sociocultural, environmental, political, and historical factors that impede screening efforts.
In the papers, she assessed the relationship between cervical cancer screening behaviors, immigration history, patterns of healthcare utilization, and key sociodemographic characteristics of Haitian immigrant women in Miami. She then studied women who have a self-reported health history of having an absence of cervical cancer screening when conducting the research for the second paper.
In the third paper, she visited Haiti’s Central Plateau, which involved primary data collection in Artibonite – one of the ten departments of Haiti. Dr. Moise used photovoice, a community-based participatory research methodology, which allowed her to engage with community members in all aspects of the research process through storytelling and digital media.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 22