The Evolution of Un Abrazo Para La Familia: Implications for Survivors of Cancer

Catherine A. Marshall, Melissa A. Curran, Juanita Trejo, Alma A. Gonzalez, Julie Armin, Heidi A. Hamann, Terry A. Badger, Francisco A Garcia

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Un Abrazo Para La Familia™ (Abrazo) is a 3-h modular preventive intervention designed for low-income caregivers who are co-survivors of cancer. Here we (1) consider the benefit to survivors of cancer, that is, the care recipients who participate in Abrazo; (2) summarize the literature specific to research outreach to low-income, underserved populations when they are faced with cancer; and (3) describe current steps being taken in Southern Arizona to reach these populations via Abrazo. Specific to considering the benefit to care recipients, we analyzed care recipient data derived from three existing cohorts of Abrazo participants. Analyses of the combined cohorts of these data demonstrate that Abrazo is effective with care recipients given statistically significant higher cancer knowledge and self-efficacy scores, pre- vs. post-intervention. We can now report benefit to care recipients who participate in Abrazo. This allows us, with confidence, to expand research recruitment efforts to include care recipients as part of the Abrazo intervention in our efforts to serve low-income, underserved populations when faced with cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1080
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Cancer knowledge
  • Latinx
  • Self-efficacy
  • Survivors
  • Underserved populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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