Addressing cancer health disparities using a global biopsychosocial approach

Authors

  • Denae King PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    • Department of Health Disparities Research, PO Box 301402, Unit 639, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77230-1402
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  • Patricia Miranda PhD, MPH,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Beverly Gor EdD,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Robin Fuchs-Young PhD,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Janice Chilton DrPH,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Richard Hajek PhD,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Isabel Torres-Vigil DrPH,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Mariá A. Hernández-Valero DrPH,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • S. Amy Snipes PhD,

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Lovell Jones PhD

    1. Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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Abstract

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. Cancer 2010. © 2010 American Cancer Society.

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