Bringing Pap Smears to the Home Environment

Given that unsheltered women experience both increased rates of cervical cancer compared to the general population and barriers to health care, the street medicine team at John Peter Smith Hospital is exploring the idea of performing pap smears, STD screenings, and birth control distribution in patients’ encampments or motel rooms. Through a survey, the team also assess how often these women have routine cervical cancer and STD screenings, how many did not follow up if they have a history of abnormal results for either screening, and how many use birth control. This operation would delve into the core of Street Medicine, which is bringing care to the people, and would increase access to preventative care to an already physically vulnerable population.

Speakers: Ti Hoang, Street Medicine Fellow, John Peter Smith Hospital; Joel Hunt, Director, John Peter Smith Hospital

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Categories: Clinical Practice, Community Health Workers, Homeless Services, Mobile Health, Special Populations, Street Medicine, Street Outreach, Women
Tags: 2024 National HCH Conference
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