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J Behav Med. 2017 Feb;40(1):23-38. doi: 10.1007/s10865-016-9780-4. Epub 2016 Aug 10.

The ConNECT Framework: a model for advancing behavioral medicine science and practice to foster health equity.

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1
Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, USA. kassandra.alcaraz@cancer.org.
2
Department of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.
3
Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA.
4
Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
5
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA.
6
College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
7
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA.
8
Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA.
9
Moffitt Cancer Center, Population Science, Health Outcomes and Behavior, Department of Oncologic Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
10
The University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Abstract

Health disparities persist despite ongoing efforts. Given the United States' rapidly changing demography and socio-cultural diversity, a paradigm shift in behavioral medicine is needed to advance research and interventions focused on health equity. This paper introduces the ConNECT Framework as a model to link the sciences of behavioral medicine and health equity with the goal of achieving equitable health and outcomes in the twenty-first century. We first evaluate the state of health equity efforts in behavioral medicine science and identify key opportunities to advance the field. We then discuss and present actionable recommendations related to ConNECT's five broad and synergistic principles: (1) Integrating Context; (2) Fostering a Norm of Inclusion; (3) Ensuring Equitable Diffusion of Innovations; (4) Harnessing Communication Technology; and (5) Prioritizing Specialized Training. The framework holds significant promise for furthering health equity and ushering in a new and refreshing era of behavioral medicine science and practice.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral science; ConNECT framework; Disparities; Dissemination; Diversity; Health equity

PMID:
27509892
PMCID:
PMC5296246
DOI:
10.1007/s10865-016-9780-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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