© 2011

Handbook of African American Health

Social and Behavioral Interventions

  • Anthony J. Lemelle
  • Wornie Reed
  • Sandra Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Background of Social and Behavioral Health Disparities Interventions Among African Americans

  3. Fundamental Intervention Needs

  4. Major Lifestyle Intervention Considerations

  5. Important Interventions for Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Wornie Reed
      Pages 103-111
    3. Duane E. Thomas, Elizabeth M. Woodburn, Celine I. Thompson, Stephen S. Leff
      Pages 113-127
  6. Urgent Interventions for Women

  7. Critical Interventions for African American Men

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Armon R. Perry, Michael A. Robinson, Rudolph Alexander Jr., Sharon E. Moore
      Pages 197-214

About this book


The U.S. Census Bureau reports particular demographic, social, and health conditions for African Americans. Population-wide, the African American community has a higher mortality rate from cancer and diabetes than the rest of the population, a higher infant mortality rate, and a lower vaccination rate for influenza and pneumonia. The contributions to this comprehensive Handbook of African American Health uncover the specific demographic conditions of the African American population, and outline social interventions for both physical and mental health at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.

The 26 contributions to this comprehensive volume cover interventions for a diverse range of health problems, including:
-obesity and cardiovascular disease
-asthma and other respiratory diseases
-smoking, alcohol, and recreational drug abuse
-risky sexual behaviors
-cancer screening, prevention, and survivorship
-infant mortality
-community and interpersonal violence
-mental health

From a healthcare standpoint, it also examines specific interventions for treatment compliance, health care access, and community collaborations.  This volume will be an invaluable resource for researchers in medical sociology, mental health studies, public health, health behavior, and African American studies.


Behavioral Intervention Health Disparities Health Promotion Medical Sociology Mental Health Minority Populations Prevention Public Health Social Intervention Sociology of Mental Health

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony J. Lemelle
    • 1
  • Wornie Reed
    • 2
  • Sandra Taylor
    • 3
  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2., SociologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and StateBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3., Sociology and Criminal JusticeClark Atlanta UniversityAtlantaUSA

About the editors

Dr. Anthony Lemelle teaches courses at the doctoral level including Racial and Cultural Minorities, Black Americans, and The Sociology of AIDS at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. At the master’s level, Professor Lemelle teaches the course, Race and Crime, and on the undergraduate level, he teaches American Minority Groups, The Black Family, Study Abroad in Ghana, Sex, Marriage, and Healthcare in the Afro World, HIV/AIDS in the Afro World. He is the editor of the Journal of African American Studies and is widely published in the areas of African American culture, black masculinity and African Americans and HIV/AIDS.

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