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Mujer Sana, Comunidad Sana- Healthy Women, Healthy Communities ( MSCS) www.mujersana.ca

Mujer Sana, Comunidad Sana( MSCS)  – Healthy Women, Healthy Communities was designed as a Multiple Intervention Project (see project proposal, Supplementary, 2003) and aimed to increase not only the capacity of women in the Hispanic community to participate in their own preventive health care but also the capacity of mainstream organizations to provide cancer screening for ethno-racial minority women.  The project involved training lay members from a minority Hispanic population in Ottawa to work with Spanish-speaking women in their own homes and communities, addressing cultural and linguistic barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening in the context of preventive health care education. These Lay Health Promoters (LHPs) also became participatory researchers (PR), and assisted in the design and implementation of the research component of the project.

For three and a half years, MSCS lived the complex process of establishing and maintaining multiple partnerships (Maclean, Plotnikoff & Moyer, 1998). Four core partners had equal responsibilities for the success of the project: a Latin American women’s health group (LAZO), independent community-based researchers (Gentium), Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC), and the Community Health Research Unit (CHRU), a Ministry of Health-funded system-linked research unit joining the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health. Other community partners were included in a number of ways, especially through active participation in an Advisory Committee.  The diverse community locations and previous working relationships of the partners influenced the development of the project.  The core partners had different mandates, structures, size, linguistic capacity, resources and skills. (Estable, Meyer, Torres & MacLean, 2006)

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