Using community-based participatory approaches to mobilize communities for policy change.

Academic Article


  • The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition used community-based participatory research principles to address breast and cervical cancer disparities among Alabama's most vulnerable African American communities. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition implemented a multilevel action plan, which entailed disseminating evidence-based strategies to community organizations interested in addressing cancer and other health disparities. Based on the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition's technical assistance on advocacy, an independent, community-led coalition was formed. This article uses a case study approach to document the steps taken by this empowered coalition to mobilize their community to impact cancer disparities using community-based participatory research principles as a tool to change tobacco and breast and cervical cancer legislation.
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  • Adult, Alabama, Breast Neoplasms, Capacity Building, Community-Based Participatory Research, Cooperative Behavior, Decision Making, Organizational, Female, Health Care Coalitions, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Humans, Inservice Training, Life Style, Models, Organizational, Organizational Innovation, Organizational Objectives, Tobacco Smoke Pollution, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Women's Health
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    Author List

  • Wynn TA; Taylor-Jones MM; Johnson RE; Bostick PB; Fouad M
  • Start Page

  • S102
  • End Page

  • S114
  • Volume

  • 34 Suppl 1