Trauma-Informed Cervical Cancer Screening in Women with Experience of Homelessness: Translating Principles Into Practice

Webinar Slides(PDF)

The incidence of cervical cancer in women experiencing homelessness is 4.4 times higher than the general population, and women who are unstably housed are 6 times more likely to die from cervical cancer than their counterparts in the general population.

There are many structural and practice barriers that lend to these disparities. Poor access to care and the lack of providing trauma-informed care have been identified as barriers to women experiencing homelessness seeking preventive health services.

This webinar presented by an interdisciplinary team from Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) discusses the need for health centers to take a “no barriers” approach to ensure patients receive standard care- even in atypical clinical settings. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from the team promising practices as they focus on how to appropriately perform trauma-informed Pap exams.


  • Cassis Henry, MD, Psychiatrist
  • Aura Obando, MD, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Maggie Sullivan, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Marilyn Werner, Women’s Health Initiative Care Coordinator
Categories: Chronic Disease, Clinical Practice, Mobile Health, Street Medicine
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