Esperanza y Vida® – The Latina Witness Project of Harlem
Lina H Jandorf
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Esperanza y Vida® (EyV) represents a culturally sensitive health educational program that works collaboratively with many different community and faith-based organizations within the Hispanic/Latino community. This program has been modeled after the Witness Project® developed by Dr. Deborah Erwin and her associates at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The program uses creative and innovative technology in order to educate communities about breast and cervical cancer. The program was designed not only to increase knowledge about the topic, but also to improve adherence to recommended screening guidelines. The Project trains breast cancer survivors (Sobrevivientes) to share their own experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, Lay Health Advisors (LHAs) are trained to work with the sobrevivientes in the educational component of the program. The research component of Esperanza y Vida® has shown that those participants who were navigated after the educational component of the program report significant increases in breast and cervical cancer screening.
We are actively looking for sites to conduct programs, such as churches, schools, senior centers, or homes. We are actively looking for Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latina women who have been touched by Breast or Cervical Cancer to work as program volunteers.