Engaging Seldom or Never Screened Women in Cancer Screening: A Compendium of Pan-Canadian Best and Promising Practices

July 2010

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

A new — and uniquely Canadian — compendium is now available which profiles and showcases innovative and successful practices for increasing breast, cervical and colorectal cancer awareness and screening participation among women who are seldom or never screened.

The project involved a literature review highlighting trends apparent in evidence-based research and a national scan of community and health agencies in order to collect effective practices to improve cancer screening rates for underserved populations. Following a review process, 61 such practices emerged. The compendium will describe each practice in detail along with contact information. It also contains a section summarizing key messages that can serve as a useful starting point for agencies involved in developing and implementing practices to engage seldom or never screened women in cancer screening.

One of our goals is to help expand and strengthen a national network so that agencies can learn from the successes of others and either adopt or adapt practices that have been successful.

South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre and Toronto Public Health were the three core partners that received the funding for this project. The advisory committee included members from the Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Care Ontario, Centre for Independent Living of Toronto, KCWA Family and Social Services and Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

To download the compendium, please click here. Please note that you will first be prompted to answer a few questions, so we can track who is interested in our work and follow up with you about how useful you find the compendium.

For more information, please contact:
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Phone: (416) 461-1925, extension 348
E-mail: srchc@srchc.com