Immigrant Health Messengers Jump the Culture Gaps - Forbes

The key chain with hand sanitizer was a hit among the students of the Advance Beauty College here, where guest teacher Lucy Huynh was making a special appearance recently to discuss breast and cervical cancer.

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“The nice thing about community health workers is they are part of the community so they really understand the needs of the community better than people from the outside,” said Theresa Byrd, a professor at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University in El Paso. Byrd recently began combing the data from a health promotion effort she designed to improve the rate of pap smears among Latinas in the community.

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