What’s good for the heart (controlling blood pressure) is good for the brain, yet the chronic stress of a pandemic is good for neither and contributes to allostatic load burden. To address the impact of chronic stress on a key indicator of allostatic load—hypertension, Dr. Wright and her team are piloting a virtually delivered intervention titled, “ Operating Under Resilience (OUR) Project: Stress and emotion Management for Black/African American Women with Hypertension in COVID-19 Social Distancing Society.” The goals of this study are to improve blood pressure self-care, emotion-management, and reduce stress in middle-aged Black/African American women.
The Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Intervention is a female family-focused intervention. The conceptual framework is based on the premise that the natural ways that women communicate health messages to women in their families (mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and aunt) can be used to influence cancer prevention and screening behaviors.
Health literacy is an important variable and related to breast and cervical cancer disparities. A critical undertaking in designing research interventions that study effective ways to reduce health disparities is to have instruments that are linguistically and culturally appropriate and that have been validated with the populations experiencing cancer disparities. With the use of psychometrics, we developed breast and cervical cancer literacy assessment tools that measure a woman’s functional cancer literacy.