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April 22, 2003
DH-03 TK 029
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Building Awareness of Breast Health Programs in Asian/Pacific Islanders Is Focus of
Daylong Conference at CSU Dominguez Hills

Building Effective Programs for Breast Health

Carson, Calif - Breast cancer prevention in America's Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities will be the topic of discussion during a daylong conference at California State University, Dominguez Hills on Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Titled, "Empowering Asian and Pacific Islander Communities: Building Blocks for Effective Programs in Breast Health," this conference is designed to help organizations that serve API communities reach their constituents. Cal State Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in Carson.

The National Women's Health Information Center reports death rates from breast cancer among certain groups within the API population are significantly higher than other ethnic groups.
Their data suggest a dramatic increase in reported cases of breast cancer in API women between 1990 and 1997. The Asian American Network on Cancer Awareness Research and Training reports API women are the first American population to experience cancer as the leading cause of death since 1980. It is also believed women within this community underutilize early detection services.

"Educating and promoting awareness about breast health practices has been challenging for community organizations serving API women," said Harpreet Gill, health educator, Partnered for Progress, Los Angeles County Regional Cancer Detection Partnership. "Community-based organizations work with people who have limited proficiency in English and lack comfort with mainstream medical culture and screening strategies."

"The School of Health is pleased to have this opportunity to co-sponsor a conference of such importance to the community," said Pamela Krochalk, professor of public health at CSUDH. "This kind of partnership with community-based organizations that focus on the health and well-being of our neighbors is at the core of the 'Communiversity' concept and the mission of our School of Health."

The conference will cover the following topics: "Breast Health Community Education," "Technology and Community Advocacy," and "Legal Rights." CSU Dominguez Hills' School of Health has partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Cancer Detection Partnership, the American Cancer Society, the California Women's Law Center and the multi-ethnic Asian and Pacific Islander Task Force of Partnered for Progress to sponsor this event. Call Pamela Krochalk at (310) 243-2690 for additional information.

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