Existing cervical cancer screening methods are unsuitable for low-resource settings that lack the required infrastructure, equipment, and trained personnel, and do not consider the persistent sociocultural access barriers that exacerbate cancer disparities. There is a pressing and unmet need for an rapid screening test that is designed with real consideration of the end-user and her community’s social structure and cultural context, in order to address specific needs, increase screening coverage, and ensure linkage to follow-up care. The goal of this project is to develop a rapid diagnostic test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer, to enable community-based screening. We are working in partnership with a Hispanic community in Lake County, the county with the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in Indiana, and engaging community health workers, medical providers, community-based organizations, and policymakers in a participatory design process to inform both the technology itself and its implementation strategy in this community.
- Rodriguez, N. M. (2021). Participatory Innovation for HPV Screening to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. The Lancet Global Health, 9(5), e582-e583.
- Casanova, F., Knaul, F.M., Rodriguez, N.M. (2021). Harvesting Health Knowledge: Breast Cancer Perceptions in the South Florida Latinx Farmworker Community. Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323211003542
- Rodriguez, N. M., Casanova, F.G, Pages, G.G, Claure, L.UG, Pedreira, M.UG, Touchton, M., & Knaul, F. (2020). Community-based participatory design of a community health worker breast cancer training intervention for South Florida Latinx farmworkers. PloS one. 15(10), e0240827.
- Knaul, F.M.*, Rodriguez, N.M.*, Arreola-Ornelas H., Olson, J.R. (2019). Cervical Cancer: Lessons Learned from Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Lancet Global Health, 7(3), e299-e300.
- Velazquez Berumen, A., Jimenez Moyao, G., Rodriguez, N.M., Ilbawi, A.M., Migliore, A., Shulman, L.N. (2018). Defining priority medical devices for cancer management: a WHO initiative. The Lancet Oncology, 19(12), pp.e709-e719.
- Knaul, F.M, Arreola-Ornelas, H., Rodriguez, N.M., Mendez-Carniado, O., Kwete, X.J., Puentes-Rosas, E., Bhadelia, A. (2018). Avoidable mortality: the core of the global cancer divide. Journal of Global Oncology, 4, 1-12.
- Knaul, F. M., Rodriguez, N. M., Bhadelia, A., Garcia, P., Atun, R. (2018). Progress on women’s health—lessons and opportunities for global cancer control. The Lancet Global Health, 6, S9-S10.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Brant, J. M., Pendharkar, D., Arreola-Ornelas, H., Bhadelia, A., Lopes, G., Knaul, F. M. (2017). Thinking Differently in Global Health in Oncology Using a Diagonal Approach: Harnessing Similarities, Improving Education, and Empowering an Alternative
- Rodriguez, N. M., Wong, W. S., Liu, L., Dewar, R., Klapperich, C. M. (2016). A Fully Integrated Paperfluidic Molecular Diagnostic Chip for the Extraction, Amplification, and Detection of Nucleic Acids from Clinical Samples. Lab on a Chip, 16(4), 753-763.
- National Cancer Institute
- Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Award
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