Community-Based Approaches to Cancer Disparities

  • Barbara Gottlieb

This chapter, while discussing many issues raised throughout this book, focuses on community. Such a perspective allows better understanding of disparities in health outcomes at the group, rather than the individual, level. Chapter 11 of this book addresses policy and advocacy approaches, which invariably involve community action. In this chapter, I use the broad community perspective in first understanding community assets and needs and then applying community-based interventions that appropriately address the full range of structural problems within a conceptual framework. Beginning with an overview of community-level factors that lead to cancer disparities, I then present examples of promising approaches to research and interventions at the community level and conclude with a discussion of the attributes of successful interventions, as well as recommendations for research and an action agenda that will foster structural changes to reduce cancer-related disparities.


Cancer Screening Community Member Breast Cancer Screening Cervical Cancer Screening National Health Interview Survey 
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  • Barbara Gottlieb
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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