Healthcare Education Program for San Diego High-Risk Communities


SDSU Co-Leader

Amy Pan, Ph.D. 

UCSD Co-Leader

Alice L. Mills, M.D., M.P.H. Project Concern International


Maria L. Reyes, M.D., M.P.H.   



Immigrants frequently face a host of cultural, linguistic, and financial barriers to accessing healthcare, including having a lack of basic understanding of how and why to access preventive healthcare services and the importance of having a primary care provider. In turn, there barriers can contribute to low rates of cancer screening. The long-term goal is to develop a series of effective and acceptable health education videos to help address these barriers and increase utilization of cancer prevention services among different immigrant groups. For this planning grant, the focus will be on the Somali community, a group with one of the highest levels of poverty and worst health outcomes in San Diego County. Existing health education materials for the Somali community will be systematically reviewed for content, usability, and acceptability. In addition this grant will serve to strengthen collaboration between members of the research team from different institutions.

Project Period: 6/15/2012 – 10/14/2012


Murray, K.E., Pan, A., Mills, A., Reyes, M.L.F., Abdi, S., Velarde, H., Bennett, R., Clark, P., Villarreal, V., & Olsen, A. (2012). Addressing linguistic needs for non-native English speakers: Assessing video technology as a means for increasing cancer screening. Poster presented at the Fifth American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, San Diego, CA.