The purpose of this application is to provide protected time for Dr. Wang to develop expertise in practical applications for both community-based participatory research (CBPR) and Intervention Mapping (IM) methods in order to facilitate development of her research career in reducing the racial disparity in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among African Americans/Blacks (AA). Aim 1 is to develop expertise in application of CBPR principles to conduct recruitment procedures and intervention implementations in AA communities. Aim 2 is to develop expertise in needs assessment and mapping of changeable behavioral and environmental determinants for CRC screening among AA communities.
Public Health Relevance
This application is significant because innovative CRC screening behavioral interventions in ethnically diverse populations such as AA should be built on the sociocultural contexts that influence health behavior and be theory-based multilevel interventions that eliminate both individual and system barriers. Interventions developed from CBPR and IM approaches can meet these criteria.