Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

Breast cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic: moving from disparities to health equity

Richman, I., Tessier-Sherman, B., Galusha, D., Oladele, C. R., Wang, K.

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Peer Review Study

Data Collection and Analysis
Organizational Change/ Development
Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article discusses COVID-19’s impact on rates of breast cancer screening in the United States and the inequalities that revealed themselves regarding screening mammography access across the country. In the spring of 2020, breast cancer screenings, which are a key tool used to detect and mitigate the effects of breast cancer, came to a halt. In the years since, troubling patterns have emerged regarding which communities have access to these screenings and which do not. The authors of this paper cite several studies including one showing a greater decreases in screening volumes during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Black, Latina, and Asian women compared to White women and another revealing slower returns to baseline rates of mammography for Native American, Asian, and Latina women compared to White women. The authors of this paper argue that these disparities are consequential and serve as further evidence of persisting health inequalities and unequal access to medical care. They go on to suggest a potential framework for solutions that involves a multifaceted approach that addresses disparities at the individual, health system, and policy levels. They emphasize that quality measures are the critical first step towards identifying and hopefully remedying deficits like the one seen in breast cancer screening rates.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Setting(s) of Implementation

Clinical, Community

Geographic Area of Implementation

Implementation Period