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Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Aug 1;35(8):1424-8. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1364.

Strategies To Empower Communities To Reduce Health Disparities.

Author information

1
Beti Thompson (bthompso@fhcrc.org) is a professor in the Cancer Prevention Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington.
2
Yamile Molina is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
3
Kasisomayajula Viswanath is an associate professor of popular sciences, Department of Medical Oncology, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an associate professor of human development and health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, both in Boston, Massachusetts.
4
Richard Warnecke is a professor emeritus at the Health Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.
5
Michael L. Prelip is a professor of community health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Abstract

Community-based participatory research is a promising approach to reducing health disparities. It empowers individuals and communities to become the major players in solving their own health problems. We discuss the use of community-based participatory research and other strategies to enhance empowerment. We also discuss projects from the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities that have empowered communities to achieve positive health outcomes aimed at reducing disparities. We offer recommendations to policy makers for involving residents in efforts to achieve health equity.

KEYWORDS:

community-based participatory research; empowerment; health disparities; minorities; policy

PMID:
27503967
PMCID:
PMC5554943
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1364
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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