Abstract: Prostate Cancer and African American Men: A Literature Synthesis on Strategic Health Communication Interventions from 2007 to 2018

◆ Sean Upshaw, University of Utah

Prostate cancer remains an evolving health disparity facing healthcare consumers, particularly African American men. A recent study suggests that a lack of information and tailored interventions for minority populations (e.g., African American men) will continue to widen the disparity concerning prostate cancer. The study employs a literature synthesis by investigating past strategic health communication interventions targeting African American men about prostate cancer (N=149) between the years of 2007 to 2018. The criteria include (a) studies that investigated African American men and prostate cancer; (b) uses either a qualitative or quantitative method and (c) uses a communication intervention. The study will use thematic analysis to capture and categorize the results that best represents the composite sample of data. The purpose of the study is to derive a conceptual framework that focuses on the implication and convergence of strategic health communication interventions for prostate cancer among African American men. The results of the study indicate that the majority of strategic interventions often overlap and intersect concerning intervention type and rationale for intervention.