Publications (2)1.1 Total impact
Article: Eliminating inequities in health care: understanding perceptions and participation in an antiracism initiative.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Antiracism training for staff of health care institutions is a promising intervention strategy to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In 2001, Southern County Public Health Department (SCPHD) staff completed a mandatory Dismantling Racism (DR) training, and some continued with an optional DR process to challenge institutional racism within their agency. To explore factors influencing participation in optional DR activities (i.e., caucuses and Change Team), a process evaluation was conducted involving in-depth interviews with 28 SCPHD administrators and staff members, whose participation in the DR process varied. Findings demonstrate that familiarity with and receptiveness to the relationship between racism and health care inequities influenced participation in DR activities. Perceived relevance and impact of the DR process on the organization and staff were also major factors affecting participation. Improvements for implementing such efforts including the consideration of institutional power and other implications for addressing racial health care inequities through antiracism initiatives are discussed.Health Promotion Practice 02/2011; 12(6):848-57.
Article: A structural approach to examining prostate cancer risk for rural southern African American men.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Physical, cultural, and social factors influence health risk and behavior, but few have explored how the environmental context affects African American men's prostate cancer screening and treatment. This paper describes a structural analysis of data from eight focus groups of rural, southern African American men (n=66). A structural approach highlights the interrelationships between individuals, the health service system, and community factors that directly and indirectly affect screening and treatment for prostate cancer. The availability of accurate and timely health information and health services, social norms regarding health and professional help-seeking, and the sociopolitical context shaped men's screening and treatment behaviors. These proximal and distal health factors affected men's prostate cancer knowledge, perceived risk, willingness to seek care and trust in the health service system. The findings suggest that prostate cancer screening and treatment occurs in a larger structural context that has important implications for help-seeking and health promotion.Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 12/2007; 18(4 Suppl):73-101. · 1.10 Impact Factor