Te Mauri - Pimatisiwin

Aboriginal Women’s Access and Acceptance of Reproductive Health Care

Abstract

Aboriginal women are the life givers of our communities amongst a multitude of roles they employ throughout their lives. We need to work with Aboriginal women to address their disproportionate mortality rate for cervical cancer which is further complicated by jurisdictional issues in the health care system. This article focuses on the provision of culturally appropriate cervical cancer screening strategies with Aboriginal women through highlighting and discussing different cervical cancer screening programs available in Canada and the United States. Through these evidence based programs, we offer a flexible framework to gently guide you in the creation of a culturally sensitive cervical cancer screening program within your community with authentic Aboriginal peoples’ partnership.

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