Addressing cancer health disparities using a global biopsychosocial approach

Denae King, Patricia Miranda, Beverly Gor, Robin Fuchs-Young, Janice Chilton, Richard Hajek, Isabel Torres-Vigil, Mariá A. Hernández-Valero, S. Amy Snipes, Lovell Jones

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The Center for Research on Minority Health has translated the biopsychosocial framework to address global cancer health disparities through the integration of biological (eg, endogenous steroids, genetic susceptibility, and pesticide levels) and behavioral (eg, dietary interventions) determinants, along with community-based research (eg, comprehensive involvement of community advisory boards) and educational approaches (eg, kindergarten through postgraduate training). Evidence of successful implementation of this framework includes health disparities training for >2000 individuals ranging from elementary to the postgraduate level, and conducting transdisciplinary projects that incorporate traditional and nontraditional health professionals to examine associations between biological and nonbiological determinants of health. Examples and recommendations for implementation of the biopsychosocial approach as it applies to cancer health disparities research are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-269
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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