National Center for Farmworker Health


NCFH is a proud grant award recipient of the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The overall goal of this CPRIT grant award is to increase the rate of age appropriate cervical cancer screening among low-income Hispanic women in Hays County and increase the implementation of outreach and education by Community Health Workers (CHWs) on breast and cervical cancer.  

This grant provides NCFH with the unique opportunity to implement the cervical cancer portion of the nationally recognized, Cultivando la Salud program (CLS) at a local level. CLS is an evidence-based program, developed by NCFH, and replicated in many communities around the country. It has been specifically developed to address the need for education and prevention among low income Hispanic women, through the training and employment of CHWs. In 2006, NCFH was invited by Komen Austin to implement locally the breast cancer portion of the CLS and this partnership continues today, with several successes to its credit. With the generous support of CPRIT, NCFH will now implement the cervical cancer portion of the CLS program in Hays County, leveraging and complimenting the successes of the Komen Austin funded breast cancer prevention activities, by expanding provision of professional and public education to include cervical cancer.  

The Hays County CPRIT- CLS program currently employs five lay health workers who provide women with cervical and breast cancer education, referrals, and appointment assistance. During the two-year CPRIT grant period, the CPRIT-CLS lay health worker team will provide outreach to 4,000 women providing each woman with at least 1 contact to raise their awareness about cervical cancer screening.  Appointments will be made with at least 2000 of these women to provide them with education on cervical cancer and referral for cervical cancer screenings.  Individual follow up will be conducted for all referrals for screening to remind them of their appointments and insure that the exams were completed.  Evaluation and reporting will track and document outcomes for these clients and summarize the experience; it is expected that 800 women will complete pap testing as a result of program activities.

NCFH is implementing the Cultivando la Salud cervical cancer intervention in the greater Buda/Kyle/San Marcos area by partnering with local businesses and community based organizations.  Key partners in the project are Community Action, Inc. (CAI) in San Marcos, Texas and CommuniCare of San Antonio with clinics in San Marcos and Kyle, TX.  Pap screening referrals will be made to CAI and CommuniCare for women participating in the program.