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Collaborative Research as an Essential Component for Addressing Cancer Disparities Among Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Women

Tanjasiri, Sora Park and Kagawa-Singer, Marjorie and Nguyen, Tu-Uyen and Foo, Mary Anne (2002) Collaborative Research as an Essential Component for Addressing Cancer Disparities Among Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Women. Health Promotion Practice, 3 (2). pp. 144-154.

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Abstract

A fundamental component of community-based health promotion efforts to eliminate disparities is the mobilization of community involvement to address not only individual but also systemic and political causes of inequalities in health. The participatory action research (PAR) paradigm is well suited to address these multilevel inequalities in research and evaluation experienced by many ethnic and racial communities. In this article, a case study of a project to reduce health disparities in breast and cervical cancer among seven Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California is presented. The authors applied a PAR framework to the process of needs assessment and program planning to understand and address the complex and multilevel factors that contribute to the problem of disparate breast and cervical cancer screening rates in these communities. Finally, the authors describe the lessons that were learned about how to promote collaborative research as an essential element in the design of projects and studies to address ethnic disparities in health outcomes for breast and cervical cancer.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community-based, disparities, community involvement, participatory action reseach (PAR), racial, ethnic, breast cancer, cervical cancer, health outcomes
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Research
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    Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 14:42
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/243

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