Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Women ROCC Shakes FAMU with Facts about Cervical Cancer

Florida A&M University School of Allied Health Sciences has been chosen by the Academy for Education Development (AED) as one of five colleges or universities in the Southeastern region to participate in Women ROCC! (Women Reaching Out Against Cervical Cancer) program.

The goal of Women ROCC! is to increase the number of minority college women (ages 18 to 25) attending historically black colleges or universities who need to know about human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer prevention and screening; who have the behavioral intention to get a Pap test; and who follow through and get a regular Pap test. The school also utilizes college women as peer educators.

Barbara Mosley, interim dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences, will serve as the project director for the program. Under her direction, the school will implement education and training about cervical cancer prevention and screening.

Twenty students from the School of Allied Health were chosen and trained by representatives from AED and Women ROCC! to be peer educators. After training, the peer educators were responsible for conducting formal outreach and education presentations to smaller groups of students, and informal discussions to larger groups of students around FAMU’s campus.

AED is a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development—the foundation of thriving societies.

In collaboration with local and national partners, AED fosters sustainable results through practical, comprehensive approaches to social and economic challenges. AED implements more than 250 programs serving people in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

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