The Behavioral Research Program (BRP) seeks to eliminate cancer disparities through research that addresses the multilevel, biopsychosocial, and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to disparities across the cancer control continuum and throughout the human lifespan.
About Health Disparities and Health Equity
Health disparities (HD) are closely linked with social, environmental, and/or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, age, mental health, cognitive functioning, sensory or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic location (place/context), or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.
While health disparity research delineates the process by which different groups face challenges in achieving the highest level of health possible, health equity (HE) is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.
Eradicating health disparities and achieving health equity is at the forefront of BRP's mission.
Areas of Research Emphasis
BRP funds innovative health equity research with potential downstream benefits in reducing cancer disparities. Behavioral and social science research related to cancer disparities and health equity may include the following areas of examination:
- Behavioral and biopsychosocial studies that engage individuals and segments of the US population that have been underrepresented, underserved, and excluded from research in cancer control
- Studies that take a multilevel perspective to communicate cancer risk factors and/or promote healthy lifestyle behaviors
- Behavioral and communications research aimed at understanding how to address health misinformation and disseminate evidence-based, culturally tailored cancer information to the public
- Policy-level research that evaluates the impact of regulations on reducing health disparities
Selected Funding Opportunities Related to Health Equity in Behavioral Research
BRP Featured Grants Related to Health Equity in Behavioral Research
|Improving Uptake of Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment in African American Women
|Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.
|Virginia Commonwealth University
|Ethnicity and Lung Cancer Survival: A Test of the Hispanic Sociocultural Hypothesis
|John M. Ruiz, Ph.D.
|University of Arizona
|FOOD (Food to Overcome Outcomes Disparities)
|Francesca M. Gany, M.D., M.S.
|Sloan-Kettering Inst Can Research
|NOURISH-T+: a Randomized Control Trial Targeting Parents in Promoting Healthy Eating and Exercise Behaviors in Pediatric Cancer Survivors with Overweight/Obesity
|Marilyn Stern, Ph.D., C.R.C.
|University of South Florida
|Technology Facilitated Behavioral Intervention for Depression Among Diverse Patients in Ambulatory Oncology
|Betina Yanez, Ph.D.
|Northwestern University at Chicago
|Culturally-Targeted Communication to Promote Sars-Cov-2 Antibody Testing in Saliva: Enabling Evaluation of Inflammatory Pathways in COVID-19 Racial
|Todd Lucas, Ph.D.
|Michigan State University
|Tobacco Retail Policy Innovation to Reduce Health Disparities
|Ruth E. Malone, Ph.D., R.N.
|University of California, San Francisco
|Adoption, Diffusion, and Implementation of Tobacco 21 Policies to Address Health Disparities
|Christine D. Delnevo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
|Rbhs-School of Public Health
Intersectionality of Obesity, Cancer, and Health Disparities Webinar Series
This four-part series aimed to enhance the understanding of the intersection of cancer, obesity, and health disparities within racial/ethnic minoritized populations.
Achieving Equity in Cancer Pain Management Webinar Series
This webinar series takes a multilevel perspective to examine the factors that individually and jointly affect disparities in the quality and outcomes of cancer pain management, and it considers approaches to reduce the unequal burden of suffering.
Recent Selected BRP Staff Publications in Cancer Disparities
Health Disparities and Health Equity Database of Grantee Publications
Learn more about health disparities and health equity research at the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.