Faith Moves Mountains: An appalachian cervical cancer prevention program

Nancy E. Schoenberg, Jennifer Hatcher, Mark B. Dignan, Brent Shelton, Sherry Wright, Kaye F. Dollarhide

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Objective: To provide a conceptual description of Faith Moves Mountains (FMM), an intervention designed to reduce the disproportionate burden of cervical cancer among Appalachian women. Methods: FMM, a community-based participatory research program designed and implemented in collaboration with churches in rural, southeastern Kentucky, aims to increase cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) through a multiphase process of educational programming and lay health counseling. Results: We provide a conceptual overview to key elements of the intervention, including programmatic development, theoretical basis, intervention approach and implementation, and evaluation procedures. Conclusions: After numerous modifications, FMM has recruited and retained over 400 women, 30 churches, and has become a change agent in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-638
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Appalachia
  • Cervical cancer
  • Interventions
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Schoenberg, N. E., Hatcher, J., Dignan, M. B., Shelton, B., Wright, S., & Dollarhide, K. F. (2009). Faith Moves Mountains: An appalachian cervical cancer prevention program. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(6), 627-638.